Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis


English title: A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

Ten17P, Epicmedia, sine olivia pilipinas

Black and white, 485 min

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Andres Bonifacio y de Castro is considered to be one of the most influential proponents in the struggle against Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines during the late nineteenth century. Today, he is still celebrated as the father of the Philippine Revolution. Director Lav Diaz examines this myth and undertakes another expedition into the eventful history of his native land. The film’s various loosely interwoven narrative threads are held together by an exploration of the role of the individual in history and their involvement in political and social developments. Bonifacio’s widow is searching for her husband’s missing dead body; as she and her followers stumble deeper into the jungle, they become entangled in the dense thicket of their own guilt and responsibility. The Spanish governor tries to play off the various rebel factions and their utopian visions against each other. At the same time, a badly wounded companion of Bonifacio reflects upon the victims a revolution inevitably creates. The film’s high-contrast black-and-white photography makes the journey into the past abstract. Mythology, facts and a vibrant sense of history merge.


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Behind-the-scenes story

“The inside story of Lav Diaz’s new 8-hour epic”, Jansen Musico, CNN Philippines



“El Filibustero: Lav Diaz’s A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery”, Michael Sicinski, Cinema Scope



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Fred Hawson, “Review of HELE SA HIWAGANG HAPIS: Art is Freedom”, Fred Said: Movies, March 28, 2016

Justin Joyas, “‘Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis’: A passionate film about the fate of the Philippines”, GMA News Online, March 27, 2016

James Espinoza, “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis”, Film Police Reviews

Jay E. Tria, “REVIEW: HELE SA HIWAGANG HAPIS”, April 24, 2016

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Nonoy Lauzon, “Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis: Revolutions eat their own children”, YCC Film Desk, March 28, 2016

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