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Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis / A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
Zabaltegi - Tabakalera
Ronnie Lázaro, John Lloyd Cruz
Foto: Ulises Proust
Ronnie Lázaro, John Lloyd Cruz
Foto: Ulises Proust
Ronnie Lázaro, John Lloyd Cruz
Foto: Ulises Proust
Ronnie Lázaro
Foto: Ulises Proust
John Lloyd Cruz
Foto: Ulises Proust

Various interconnected narrative threads on the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1897 against the Spanish colonial government make up Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis / A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery: the story of the ballad of Jocelynang Baliwag, which became the hymn of the revolution; Gregoria de Jesús’s desperate search for the body of the father of the Philippine Revolution, Andrés Bonifacio; the journey of the national heroes Simon and Isagani, who are fictional characters; and the role of the mythical hero of the Philippine resistance, Bernardo Carpio, and the half-man, half-horse Tikbalang / Engkanto in the Philippine psyche. This film represents a fusion of history, literature and mythology.

BIOGRAPHY

Lav Díaz (Cotabato, Philippines, 1958) is a director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, composer, production designer and actor. He is particularly well known for the length of his films (some of which run for up to eleven hours), given that his works are not governed by time, but by space and nature. Since his debut in 1998 he has made twelve films in which he addresses the social and political struggles in his country, winning numerous awards at Manila, Singapore, Brussels, Fribourg, Venice, Toronto and Jeonju, among others. Outstanding on his filmography are West Side Kid (2001), Death in the Land of Encantos (2007), Norte, the End of History (2013) and From What Is Before (2014).

CAST & CREW
Director
Lav Diaz
Screenplay
Lav Diaz
Production
Ten17P
Bianca Balbuena
Epicmedia
Paul Soariano
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
Photography
Larry Manda
Edition
Lav Diaz
Music
Erwin Romulo
Cast
John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Hazel Orencio, Alessandra de Rossi, Joel Saracho, Susan Africa, Bernardo Bernardo, Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino
Format
DCP FOLLOWING DCI
Sales
Films Boutique
Köpenicker Str., 184
10997
Berlin
Germany
Running Time
480 m.
Country
Philippines
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