Lav is no stranger to the fest; he took home the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear prize with his eight-hour epic “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” (lit. “A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery”) in 2016. On the same year, he won the Golden Lion at the Venice International Festival with “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (lit. “The Woman Who Left”).
Details are scant as to what Lav’s anti-musical musical is about, but it sure has the attention from both sides between the folks at the Berlin International Film Festival and local film outfits like Globe Studios and Epicmedia. The film stars Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Angel Aquino and Bituin Escalante and will compete for the Silver/Gold Bear at the 2018 Berlinale.