Due to insistent public demand, the Cinematheque Centre Manila is re-screening Lav Diaz’s Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis during its run in April and May 2016.
The Cinematheque is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw Street, Ermita, Manila. Admission is at P200. Screening starts at 11:00 AM, with a one-hour break and another thirty-minute break. Just for the Hele screenings, light snacks and drinks are allowed inside the theatre.
Same-day selling of tickets an hour before each screening time, or may be pre-purchased at the Cinematheque at an earlier date. The Cinematheque staff are available to accommodate guests Tuesdays to Sundays, 1:00 PM to 7:30 PM (and *only for the Mondays of April, 10 am to 7:30 pm).
Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis screens at the Cinematheque Centre Manila these Mondays of April: April 18 and 25. It will also screen on the Fridays and Sundays of May: May 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, and 29.
The experimental work by the soulful, multi-awarded independent filmmaker on the convergence of history, mythology, literature, and nationalism received rave reviews in its premiere in the Berlin International Film Festival, having won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for its cinematic vision and art.
The film unfolds over eight hours, a tribute to our nation’s history and culture, mixing fact with fiction by introducing Philippine national heroes and historical figures with the country’s known literary characters and monsters from folklore in its revolution-era narrative. Using Diaz’s signature long, still camera shots and black-and-white palette, Hele is a contemplative journey through the Katipunan revolt, of Gregoria de Jesus’s search for her captive husband, Bonifacio, and of Isagani and Simoun’s escape into safety following the latter’s failed plan for our country’s freedom. The film is populated by memorable characters, both real and imagined, led by a stellar cast of notable commercial and independent film actors: Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Hazel Orencio, Alessandra de Rossi, Susan Africa, Joel Saracho, Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino, and Bernardo Bernardo, among many others.
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