After making its world premiere in the Director’s Fortnight (Quinzaine des Realisateurs) section of Cannes Film Festival last May, Filipino film “Ang Hupa (The Halt)” heads to the 2019 Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff).
The sci-film film directed by Lav Diaz and starring Piolo Pascual and Shaina Magdayao is one of the full-length films in the festival’s Crosscut Asia section.
Shaina confirmed via Instagram post that she and the team will head to Japan for the festival on October.
“Received an email from my dear director Lav Diaz that ANG HUPA/THE HALT will be part of the the Tokyo International Film Festival’s Crosscut Asia section – this year, OCT 2019. TIFF two years in a row?! “Whhuuuttt?! Crrrrazzzyyy!!!.| she wrote, referring to the presence of rock opera “Ang Panahon Ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil)” in the same festival last year.
“I welcomed my first TIFF experience last year as an early bday gift – thought it was going to be a once in a lifetime thing. Who would’ve thought I’d be gifted another chance to represent another film, my 3rd, by THE MASTER LAV DIAZ. What an early present for my 30th!!! OH HOW CAN I NOT LOVE YOU, 2019. I serve an awesome and generous GOD,” she added.
For its sixth edition, the Crosscut Asia section “will focus on Southeast Asian genre films, from thrillers to romantic horrors, reflecting regional characteristics in the region.”
Apart from “Ang Hupa”, Prachya Pinkaew’s “Sisters” and Eric Khoo’s “Folklore: Tatami” are also in the section.
In past interviews, Lav talked about the film’s storyline, saying, “It is the year 2034 AD and Southeast Asia, literally, because of the massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities. Cataclysmic epidemics razed over the continent. Millions have died and millions have left.
The 32nd TIFF runs from Oct. 28 until Nov. 5, 2019 at the Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.