Poster for Lav Diaz’s Rock Opera “Ang Panahon Ng Halimaw” Debuts

Lav Diaz’s new film, “Ang Panahon Ng Halimaw” (Eng. lit: “Season of the Devil”), has made its world premiere at the 2018 Berlinale. The famed film fest is ongoing until February 25th, and reactions are rolling in. Variety’s Guy Lodge, for instance, notes in his review how, with the film, “Filipino auteur Lav Diaz brings his distinctive brand of formal and political heft to the musical genre.”

We’ve got the official one-sheet for the film. See it at the top of this post.

The film, described as “a musical, a rock opera, and a love letter to its crumbling country“, is set against the backdrop of 1970’s Philippines. Read the full synopsis (via Berlinale) below:

Fearless young doctor Lorena opens a clinic for the poor but disappears without a trace shortly afterwards. Her husband, the poet, activist and teacher, Hugo Haniway, wants to find out the truth of his wife’s whereabouts. When he arrives, he is confronted with a community shattered by despotism and violence.

The film stars Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Angel Aquino and Bituin Escalante. Watch the trailer below: