From the Philippine Daily Inquirer: ‘Halimaw’ in Three Continents

Written by Bayani San Diego, Jr, Philippine Daily Inquirer, July 22, 2018


Lav Diaz’s “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” will be shown in three continents: Asia, Australia and Europe.

First stop for the martial law musical is the Jerusalem Film Festival in Israel, from July 26 to Aug. 5.

The fest’s website describes the “esteemed director’s” latest work as “an extraordinary musical… a Filipino rock opera featuring sung [lines of] dialogue.”

The Jerusalem fest relates that the film “draws on real-life characters… [and] unveils a particularly dark era in Filipino history under the Marcos dictatorship.”

“Halimaw,” which premiered at the Berlinale in February, is also headed to the New Horizons International Film Festival, scheduled from July 26 to Aug. 5 in Wroclaw, Poland.

Critic Adam Kruk points out in the New Horizons website that “the latest film by one of the most eccentric filmmakers in contemporary cinema… [continues] to reflect on his country’s difficult history.”

The reviewer takes note of “the bizarre musical spectacle’s… fairy-tale atmosphere.”

“Halimaw” is also part of the Melbourne International Film Festival in Australia, from Aug. 2 to 19.

The Melbourne fest website asserts that Diaz’s “melancholy, unconventional musical confronts the violence of the [Philippines’] past—and, through it, the echoes that persist to this day.”

Shireen Seno’s “Nervous Translation” will also be shown at the Melbourne fest.

Lastly, “Halimaw” will be released in French theaters, starting July 25, via distributor ARP Selection.

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Melancholia (2008), Lav Diaz

Everything Matters


The outrageous lengths of Lav Diaz’s films correspond less to the director’s vast, personal vision and more of instinct. Like Guy Maddin, half-way around the world, whose lo-fi silent film facsimiles are preferences made by the director to suit his own likings, so does Lav Diaz; it was as if both directors embedded this litany whenever they shoot their films: I’ll do it this way, because I want it this way!

But because of this, the Philippines’ greatest director at present is virtually unseen here in his home country which he films with so much passion and vigor. Only through underground screenings, illegal ones at that, are his films watched by a few of his unshakable followers. And when the lucky chance of a public screening does arise, the facts on Lav Diaz and his films: their length, Lav Diaz’s druggie, and tattooed appearance, overcome the decisions…

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HEREMIAS (2006, LAV DIAZ, A+++++)

Limitless Cinema in Broken English

 I saw A PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS (1978, Arturo Ripstein, A+) in late August. I like it very much. One of the things I like about it is the characters. All characters here are complex and seem to be in gray shade—no black and white characters. Many characters have both good and bad sides in them. A corrupt politician might be evil in a way, but he is still more tolerant towards homosexuality than some moral characters in this film.

A PLACE WITHOUT LIMITS might be called a feel-bad movie, but its feel-bad power is not as strong as HEREMIAS (2006, Lav Diaz, A++++++), which I just saw last night. HEREMIAS might be one of the films which make me feel the worst after seeing it. It seems to suck the power of life out of me. Somehow this film makes me feel as if the world is pure hell. I…

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Movie Review: ‘Ang Panahon ng Halimaw’ (2018)

Review by Louie Baharom

Film: ‘Ang Panahon ng Halimaw’

Year Released: 2018

Director: Lav Diaz

Genre: Drama/History

A master of slow cinema, and one of the best Filipino filmmakers working today, Lav Diaz has always been that one auteur whose works leave a lasting mark on his viewers. Ang Panahon ng Halimaw, his latest picture, does pretty much the same, and sometimes even in ways that he hasn’t done before. Horrifyingly, its title signifies an evil presence lurking about in our reality today, and it further raises its relevance as a significant piece of modern Philippine cinema.

Visiting the “Then” in the “Now” 

Ang Panahon ng Halimaw knows for a fact that everything that happens in it cannot be erased in the history books. A voice opens up the film, and takes us to the Martial Law era, and we are left naked to face ghosts of the past…

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Lav in Barcelona

Lav Diaz is currently in Barcelona for a retrospective of his films including Norte, The End of History (2013), From What is Before (2014), The Woman Who Left (2016), Melancholia (2008) and Evolution of a Filipino Family (2005). Here are the write-ups for this event:













Meanwhile, his latest, Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil) will still be screening in Cinema Centenario in all Saturdays of July.



Dos Lleopards en un Teatre Grec

El blog del director

Un festival, el Grec Festival de Barcelona, obre per primer cop les portes al cinema amb la col·laboració de la Filmoteca. Es busca cineasta asiàtic relacionat amb el context geogràfic i cultural de l’edició d’enguany. Opcions múltiples. Una pista: Francesc Casadesús, director del certamen, ha assistit al rodatge a Singapur del darrer film de Lav Diaz. El cineasta filipí accepta la invitació després d’aclarir-li que la cita no és per a l’any vinent. Es procedeix a la localització d’alguns dels seus films, realitzats a partir del 1990. Les durades oscil·len entre les quatre i les onze hores. Marca de la casa. Cap problema, la programació és flexible i se’n podran veure cinc dels més representatius, premiats a diversos festivals del món.

Foto Lav Diaz 2Una coincidència. El 2014, Lav Diaz va guanyar el Lleopard d’Or de Locarno amb From What Is Before. Un any abans, havia estat el president del jurat del…

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