Season of the Devil
Ang Panahon ng Halimaw
Lav Diaz’s newest is a bleak and surreal musical drama set in the brutal era of martial law in the Philippines.
1970s Philippines. Ferdinand Marcos’s martial law is in full swing. Innocent inhabitants of a remote settlement are terrorised by an armed militia bent on quelling rebellious activities. When young doctor Lorena disappears after being captured, her husband Hugo, a poet and activist, goes in search of her. In doing so, he is confronted with the fog of terror and anguish that haunts the village.
Bold and unusual, the film takes the form of a musical. Lines are delivered in a cappella verse composed entirely by director Diaz, who looked to rock operas for inspiration. A spiritual sequel to his 2014 feature From What Is Before, Season of the Devil deals with one of the darkest chapters in Philippine history while inadvertently addressing the nation’s current-day socio-political turmoil.
Cast & Credits
Lav Diaz is among the most prolific and critically acclaimed directors in Southeast Asia. His recent works include The Woman Who Left (2016), which won the Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, and A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) which received the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear Award at Berlin International Film Festival.
Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew
Piolo Pascual, Shaina Magdayao, Pinky Amador
*In Competition, Berlin International Film Festival 2018
*Official Selection, Sydney Film Festival 2018