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The Halt

Lav Diaz
Ang hupa
Philippines 2019 / 276’
The Golden Glove The Whistlers

It’s the year 2034. Volcanic eruptions are preventing sunlight from reaching the southeastern part of Asia, casting the region into permanent darkness. This is the situation that the subdued Philippine people find themselves as they slowly lose their soul and their memory. Their collective fate is threatened when the paranoid President Navarra (Joel Lamangan) assumes power. In a society built on the principles of totalitarianism, drone surveillance and mass executions in the streets are on the agenda. The director tells a polyphonic story, showing the influence of power on the situation of the unprivileged, exploited classes condemned to extermination. The Halt contains an echoes of Godard’s Alphaville, but the Philippine director’s latest work is also a marriage of melodrama and dystopia, of political grotesque and naturalism. Although he remains faithful to his style, Diaz is, at the same time, searching for new ways to talk about a world that is heading for a catastrophe.

Marcin Kempisty

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, koniec 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

2016 Kobieta, która odeszła / Ang babaeng humayo / The Woman Who Left

Cast & Crew

director Lav Diaz
screenplay Lav Diaz
cinematography Lav Diaz, Daniel Uy
editing Lav Diaz
cast Joel Lamangan, Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Hazel Orencio
producer E. Del Mundo
production Sine Olivia Pilipinas, Spring Films, Inc.
sales Indie Sales
language Filipino, English
colouration b&w