Lav Diaz's 'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis' To Compete At Berlin Film Festival

Jan 14, 2016
john lloyd cruz piolo pascual hele sa hiwagang hapis

Lav Diaz's next feature film 'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis' (A Lullaby For The SorrowfulMystery) will be having its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival, where it will compete in the Main Competition section on February 18. 

Clocking in at 482 minutes, or eight hours long, the black-and-white movie pits together two of the country's top movie stars, John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual as they will portray the roles of Isagani and Simoun, based on Jose Rizal's fictional characters of his El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere novels. 

When asked if 'Hele' will be an acting showdown for the two, Pascual said “Hindi naman kami nagsasapawan. At the end of the day, it’s not about that. It’s about giving our best because it’s our obligation as actors.” 

john lloyd cruz piolo pascual hele sa hiwagang hapis

Rounding the cast are Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino, Bernardo Bernardo, Alessandra De Rossi, Hazel Orencio, Susan Africa, Joel Saracho, Ely Buendia, Sid Lucero, Ronnie Lazaro, Menggie Cobarrubias, Bart Guingona, Jean Judith Javier, Moira Lang, Bradley Liew, Kristine Kintana, Karenina Haniel, Sigrid Bernardo, Rcee Tenefrancia, Sheenly Gener, Paul Jake Paule, Noel Sto. Domingo, Matt Daclan, Melo Esguerra, Bianca Balbuena, and Kuya Manzano, among others. Ten17P’s Paul Soriano, and Epicmedia’s Bianca Balbuena serves as the producers of the movie.

john lloyd cruz piolo pascual hele sa hiwagang hapis

'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis', and other entries for the Main Competition will be competing for the coveted Golden Bear and Silver Bear Awards of Berlinale, in which Oscar-winner Meryl Streep is announced the jury president this year. 

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