Lav Diaz’s "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis" world premiere on February 18

Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) will be 8-hours long and will have its world premiere on February 18 at theBerlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) 2016.


Described as “a marriage of history, literature and mythology,” the film’s drumbeaters say “Hele” is about the history of Filipinos that interconnects narrative threads on the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1897 against the Spanish colonizers.

It includes the story of the ballad “Jocelynang Baliwag”, which became the hymn of the revolution; Gregoria de Jesus’ forlorn search for the body of the Father of Philippine Revolution Andres Bonifacio; the journey of our national heroes’ fictional book characters Simoun and Isagani; plus the role of the Philippine mythical hero of strength Bernardo Carpio and the half-man, half-horse Tikbalang/Engkanto, on the Filipino psyche.

Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis lead stars are John Lloyd Cruz and Piolo Pascual, with 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, Sheenly Gener, Paul Jake Paule, Noel Sto. Domingo, Matt Daclan, Melo Esguerra, Bianca Balbuena, Moira Lang, Bradley Liew, Kristine Kintana, Karenina Haniel, Sigrid Bernardo, Rcee Tenefrancia and Kuya Manzano as supporting actors.

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