Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa” makes its PH premiere at Cinemalaya 2019
Shaina Magdayao in "Ang Hupa" // Sine Olivia Philippines

Lav Diaz’s “Ang Hupa” makes its PH premiere at Cinemalaya 2019

The new film from Lav is the opening film of Cinemalaya 2019.

Film(s) featured:
"Ang Hupa"
Direction:
Lav Diaz
Cast:
Film(s) featured: "Ang Hupa" Direction: Lav Diaz Cast: Piolo Pascual, Joel Lamangan, Shaina Magdayao, Mara Lopez, Hazel Orencio, Joel Saracho, and Pinky Amador
Release Date:
August 2, 2019

Fresh off its Cannes premiere last May, Lav Diaz’s latest, “Ang Hupa” (Eng. title: “The Halt”), is set to make its Philippine premiere in August. It will serve as the opening film for the 2019 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival.

The film, which marks his third collaboration with Piolo Pascual (involved here as actor-producer), is a dystopian drama clocking in at 4 hours and 36 minutes. 

Here’s the full synopsis:

“It is the year 2034 AD and Southeast Asia has been in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities. Cataclysmic epidemics razed over the continent. Millions have died and millions have left.”

“Ang Hupa” raked in a mostly positive reception from critics, with some even calling it a showcase of Lav’s “fire still [burning] brightly within”.

Check out the film’s official poster:

"Ang Hupa" ("The Halt") film poster
“Ang Hupa” (“The Halt”) film poster

The film also stars Joel Lamangan, Shaina Magdayao, Mara Lopez, Hazel Orencio, Joel Saracho, and Pinky Amador among others.

Cinemalaya 2019 happens from August 2 – August 13, 2019.