Season of the Devil

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    Season of the Devil

    Ang Panahon ng Halimaw

    Directed by

    Philippines

    2018

    234 min

    • Filipino

    Drama

    In the late 70s, a gang of militias under the control of the military, terrorizes a remote village in the Philippines. The poet/teacher/activist, Hugo Haniway, decides to find out the truth about the disappearance of his wife. A love story set in the darkest period of Philippine history, the Marcos Dictatorship. Based on real events and real characters.

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    Cast
    Piolo Pascual
    Shaina Magdayao
    Pinky Amador
    Bituin Escalante
    Hazel Orencio
    Joel Saracho
    Bart Guingona
    Angel Aquino
    Lilit Reyes
    Don Melvin Boongaling
    Noel Sto. Domingo
    Ian Lomongo
    Screenplay
    Lav Diaz
    Cinematography
    Larry Manda
    Editing
    Lav Diaz
    Music
    Lav Diaz
    Production
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    His cast delivers deft performances of his numbers, too, from the heroes’ pitch-perfect turns to the villains’ deliberately blunted delivery of their ominous melodies. But it's visually that Season of the Devil ranks among Diaz’s best work.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Lav Diaz

    Lav Diaz

    Philippines

    Lav Diaz, born in 1958, studied Economics at the University of Notre Dame before attending the Mowelfund Film Institute in Manila. He worked at a music magazine before making his directorial debut, THE CRIMINAL OF MARRIO CONCEPCION (1998). He gained an international reputation through his Philippines trilogy: WEST SIDE KID (2001), EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY (2004) and HEREMIAS (2006). Keeping to the production methods of independent films and boasting of long running times compared to Hollywood conventions, Diaz's films reflect the lives of Filipinos and suggests salvation through social struggle. DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS (2007), a nine-hour running film, was picked as a Special Mention at Jeonju IFF in 2008 while MELANCHOLIA (2008), which runs eight hours long, won the Venice Horizons Award at Venice IFF. In 2009, he directed BUTTERFLIES HAVE NO MEMORIES, followed by PROLOGUE TO THE GREAT DESAPARECIDO (2013), selected at Rotterdam IFF, Busan IFF and São Paulo IFF.

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