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Season of the Devil

Lav Diaz
Ang panahon ng halimaw
Philippines 2018 / 234’
Readers Sorry Angel

The latest film by one of most eccentric filmmakers in contemporary cinema, Lav Diaz, competed for the Golden Bear in Berlin this year. While continuing to reflect on his country's difficult history, the Filipino master of slow cinema has made a four-hour a capella musical, which is also unusual in that it is set during the period of martial law introduced by President Ferdinand Marcos in 1972-1981. A doctor named Lorena arrives in a Filipino village shrouded in fog, eager to help the poor and the sick. However, there are militia-supported by the locals-in the area, and she goes missing without a trace. Her husband, Hugo-a poet who describes the beautiful country facing dark times-sets out to find her. The plot is just a pretext, however, as it provides a stage for presenting Larry Manda's elaborately composed cinematography and songs written by Diaz himself-who also edited the film-in the fairy-tale atmosphere of this bizarre musical spectacle. Diazdedicated Season of the Devil to the victims of the Marcos regime.

Adam Kruk

Lav Diaz

His real name is Lavrente Indico Diaz. He was born in the Philippines in 1958 and studied at the Mowelfund Film Institute. He has gained his status as a film auteur thanks to his unique style, as well as the fact that, in addition to directing, he is also involved in screenwriting, production, cinematography, and music. In addition, he acts and writes poetry. Having received awards at festivals all over the world, he is known for making multiple-hour films composed of long, static shots.

Selected filmography

2008 Melancholia

2011 Siglo ng Pagluluwal / Century of Birthing

2012 Florentina Hubaldo, CTE

2013 Norte, honiec historii / Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan / North, the End of History

2014 Z tego, co było, po tym, co było / Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon / From What Is Before

Cast & Crew

director Lav Diaz
screenplay Lav Diaz
cinematography Larry Manda
editing Lav Diaz
music Lav Diaz
cast Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador, Bituin Escalante, Hazel Orencio
producer Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew
production Epicmedia Productions
sales Films Boutique
language Tagalog
colouration b&w