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CANNES 2019: Piolo Pascual is an activist, murdered Salvadorian priest paid tribute in Lav Diaz' Ang Hupa



Contemporary Master filmmaker Lav Diaz returns to the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes, with his latest film ANG HUPA (The Halt) to represent the best of Philippine Cinema. Diaz’s new oeuvre could be the most profoundly resonating among his list of historico-political films.

This, according to source, even has a futuristic touch to it, aiming to fight for real freedom and a better Philippines. One character is said to be Diaz’s tribute to an El Salvadorian Archbishop who was murdered while celebrating the mass in 1980. Father Romero will be played by Diaz’ regular thespian Noel Miralles. There is a 15-minute scene that features Miralles doing a zen meditation. His real-life counterpart is said to be very vocal about his stand against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture.

Mainstream actor Piolo Pascual who topbills the film will be playing the role of a political activist. Other actors in the casts are Joel Lamangan, Pinky Amador, Shaina Magdayao, Mara Lopez, Hazel Orencio, Ian Lomongo, Joel Saracho, Bart Guingona, Susan Africa, Ashton Llarenas, Earl Ignacio, Adrienne Vergara, and iconic musician Ely Buendia.

Cannes Film Festival will be held from May 14 to May 25 at the Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France. Mexican filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu will serve as jury president. American film director Jim Jarmusch's ensemble zombie comedy film The Dead Don't Die will serve as the opening film of the festival. Cannes 2019 pays tribute to femme auteur Agnes Varda.


Here are the other films competing

Competition
The Dead Don’t Die (dir: Jim Jarmusch) – opening film
Atlantique (dir: Mati Diop)
Bacarau (dir: Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles)
Frankie (dir: Ira Sachs)
A Hidden Life (dir: Terrence Malick)
It Must Be Heaven (dir: Elia Suleiman)
Les Misérables (dir: Ladj Ly)
Little Joe (dir: Jessica Hausner)
Matthias and Maxime (dir: Xavier Dolan)
Oh Mercy! (dir: Arnaud Desplechin)
Parasite (dir: Bong Joon-ho)
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (dir: Céline Sciamma)
Sibyl (dir: Justine Triet)
Sorry We Missed You (dir: Ken Loach)
Pain and Glory (dir: Pedro Almodóvar)
The Traitor (dir: Marco Bellocchio)
La Gomera (dir: Corneliu Porumboiu)
The Wild Goose Lake (dir: Diao Yinan)
The Young Ahmed (dir: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)


Un Certain Regard
Adam (dir: Maryam Touzani)
Dylda (dir: Kantemir Balagov)
A Brother’s Love (dir: Monia Chokri)
Bull (dir: Annie Silverstein)
The Climb (dir: Michael Covino)
Evge (dir: Nariman Aliev)
Liberté (dir: Albert Serra)
Invisible Life (dir: Karim Aïnouz)
Jeanne (dir: Bruno Dumont)
Room 212 (dir: Christophe Honoré)
Papicha (dir: Mounia Meddour)
Port Authority (dir: Danielle Lessovitz)
Summer of Changsha (dir: Zu Feng)
The Swallows of Kabul (dir: Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec)
A Sun That Never Sets (dir: Olivier Laxe)
Zhuo Ren Mi Mi (dir: Midi Z)

Out of competition
The Best Years of a Life (dir: Claude Lelouch)
Diego Maradona (dir: Asif Kapadia)
La Belle Époque (dir: Nicolas Bedos)
Rocketman (dir: Dexter Fletcher)
Too Old to Die Young – North of Hollywood, West of Hell (TV series – dir: Nicolas Winding Refn)

Midnight screenings
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (dir: Lee Won-Tae)

Special screenings
Family Romance, LLC (dir: Werner Herzog)
For Sama (dir: Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts)
Que Sea Ley (dir: Juan Solanas)
Share (dir: Pippa Bianco)
To Be Alive and Know It (dir: Alain Cavalier)
Tommaso (dir: Abel Ferrara)

Critics Week
Competition
Abou Leila (dir: Amin Sidi-Boumédiène)
Land of Ashes (dir: Sofía Quirós Ubeda)
A White, White Day (dir: Hlynur Pálmason)
I Lost My Body (dir: Jérémy Clapin)
Our Mothers (dir: César Díaz)
The Unknown Saint, (dir: Alaa Eddine Aljem)
Vivarium (dir: Lorcan Finnegan)

Opening film
Litigante (dir: Franco Lolli)

Closing film
Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains (dir: Xiaogang Gu)

Special screenings
Heroes Don’t Die (dir: Aude Léa Rapin
Tu Mérites un Amour (dir: Hafsia Herzi)

Directors’ Fortnight
Alice and the Mayor (dir: Nicolas Pariser)
And Then We Danced (dir: Levan Akin)
Blow it to Bits (dir: Lech Kowalski)
Deerskin (dir: Quentin Dupieux) – opening film
Dogs Don’t Wear Pants (dir: Jukka-Pekka Valkepaa)
First Love (dir: Takashi Miike)
An Easy Girl (dir: Rebecca Zlotowski)
For the Money (dir: Alejo Moguillansky)
Ghost Tropic (dir: Bas Devos)
Give Me Liberty (dir: Kirill Mikhanovsky)
The Halt (dir: Lav Diaz)
The Lighthouse (dir: Robert Eggers)
Lillian (dir: Andreas Horwath)
Oleg (dir: Juris Kursietis)
The Orphanage (dir: Shahrbanoo Sadat)
Les Particules (dir: Blaise Harrison)
Perdrix (dir: Erwan Le Duc)
Sick Sick Sick (dir: Alice Furtado)
Song Without a Name (dir: Melina Leon)
Tlamess, (dir: Ala Eddine Slim)
To Live to Sing, (dir: Johnny Ma)
Wounds, (dir: Babak Anvari)
Yves, (dir: Benoit Forgeard) – closing film
Zombi Child (dir: Bertrand Bonello)

Special screenings
Red 11 (dir: Robert Rodriguez)
The Staggering Girl (dir: Luca Guadagnino)
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