8 hours running movie in Berlin International Film Festival

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Saturday, Feb 20, 2016

8 hours running movie in Berlin International Film Festival

In the 66th Berlin International film festival a Philippine movie ‘A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystry’ that runs for 8 hrs was shown. The movie is about the Philippine revolution against Spanish rule.

The movie, which began at 9.30 in the morning, got over at 7 in the evening with one hour lunch break in the middle. The director of the film  Lav Diaz said that movies should not be judged by their length, so he gave the Berlin International Film Festival a historical drama about the Philippinesthat runs more than eight hours.

“Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) was shown in competition for the festival's top Golden Bear prize. At a post-screening news conference the director of the film Diaz rejected being labelled as a creator of “slow cinema.”

“We're labeled ‘the slow cinema' but it's not slow cinema, it's cinema,” he said. “I don't know why ... every time we discourse on cinema we always focus on the length. It's cinema, it's just like poetry, just like music, just like painting where it's free, whether it's a small canvas or it's a big canvas, it's the same. ... So cinema shouldn't be imposed on.”

The movie is set in the late 19th century at the period of the Philippine revolution against Spanish rule and focuses on the influence of Andres Bonifacio y de Castro, considered to be one of the main motivators of the uprising.

The film follows the lives of several groups of people, including Castro's wife, who is searching for his body on a mountain that is inhabited by people from the pirit world.

It also follows the lives of several young men who were caught up in the revolution, including the poet Isagani (John Lloyd Cruz), who is so overwhelmed by the bloodshed that he loses faith in his ability to write poems.

Producer Bianca Balbuena praised the Berlinale for allowing the film to be shown in competition for the main prize despite its length. “The Berlinale gave us the freedom, they didn't ask us to cut down the length of the film,” she said, adding: “Thank you, Berlin.”

The film is among 19 competing for the top Golden Bear prize, which will be awarded on Saturday.

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