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.
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:
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Information below (as seen in the site)
DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS, Lav Diaz’s founding film, available at last on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time ever… thanks to your support!
Considered as one of Lav Diaz’s most prominent films, DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS is an outstanding metaphor of the history of Filipino People, which he shot following Reming typhoon. With a mere miniDV camera, Lav Diaz went immediately on the premises, in the Bicol region, to witness and highlight the disastrous situation in a documentary-style approach. After a week, Diaz decided to introduce fictional elements for ethical reasons, and started to shoot an epic nine-hour film mingling documentary footage and fiction.
In doing so, he masterfully combined the artistic and political gesture, which makes DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS a major work of art and a true lesson of cinema.
See the teaser below with English subtitles.
Your support is blatantly essential for this huge DVD and Blu-Ray edition project, which can not break even given the costs (more than 8,000 Euros -just to produce 1,000 x 3 DVDs and 200 x 3 Blu-Ray discs, not to mention the restoration costs). That’s why the 8,000-euro goal we hope to achieve really is a minimum amount for us to keep on releasing and distributing films such as DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS. The reason why nobody did it before is simple: it’s a suicide project, from a mere economic point of view!
This edition project is so suicidal (from a mere economic point of view again) that we have decided to make the DVDs and Blu-Rays available through crowdfunding only and on the occasion of special events (such as festival partners). We can not afford disproportionate distribution costs indeed with respect to already huge production costs. Releasing DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS in theaters, on DVD and Blu-Rays is definitely a political as much as an editorial action, which we wish will not be the last one…
In concrete terms, it means we advanced the money required to finance this edition. If you contribute to this project therefore, you are sure to see the end of it. But, at the present time, we are producing it at a loss, meaning there is no way we can cover the costs… without your support! More specifically, we need 250 DVD and 50 Blu-Ray preorders through Kickstarter to start breakevening (or 325 DVD preorders only) –a goal we would never be able to achieve through traditional point of sales.
In short, we really need YOU!
DVD Technical Specs: 3 DVD 9 – Region All – NTSC – Feature Runtime: 543 mins – Discs duration: 174 mins / 198 mins / 171 mins – Black & White – Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 – 16:9 – Audio: Tagalog 2.0 – Optional subtitles: French / English – Includes a 16-page booklet
Blu-Ray Technical Specs: 3 BRD 25 – Region All – 1080p30 – Feature Runtime: 543 mins – Discs duration: 174 mins / 198 mins / 171 mins – Black & White – Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 – 16:9 – Audio: Tagalog 2.0 – Optional subtitles: French / English – Includes a 16-page booklet
The film was restored and remastered for those specific DVD and BRD editions. The viewer should however keep in mind the original sources are NTSC miniDVs and the film was shot in very extreme conditions.