Official Selection


Lav Diaz | Philippines, Denmark, Portugal, France | 2022 | 187 min
V.O. Tagalog subtitled in English and Spanish

Lav Diaz (Golden Lion at Venice in 2016 for The Woman Who Left) directs this film where revenge and friendship are two sides of the same coin. In this lead-footed thriller, midway between Corrupt Lieutenant and Dostoevsky, we have on the one hand Lieutenant Hermes, the most famous police inspector in the Philippines, devoured by psoriasis resulting from stress. On the other hand, his mentor Primo Macabantay, who is released from prison 29 years after Hermes snitched on him for corruption, on his impossible ethical crusade against a decaying society.

Direction: Lavrente Diaz
Script: Lavrente Diaz
Cinematography: Larry Manda
Editing: Lavrente Diaz
Sound: Emmanuel Croset, Xavier Thieulin, Hugo Leitão
Cast: John Lloyd Cruz, Ronnie Lazaro, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Dms Boongaling, Danilo Ledesma, Aryanne Gollena, Roel Laguerta, Neil Alvin Delas Alas, Ronaliza Jintalan
Production: Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew, Jean-christophe Simon, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves
Production company: Films Boutique Production, Rosa Filmes, Snowglobe, ARTE France Cinéma
World sales: Films Boutique

Born in the Philippines (1958), Lav Diaz is a multi-talented director, writer, producer, actor, editor, among other roles. Prior to his contribution to the Seventh Art, he graduated in Economics from the Notre Dame University in Cotabato (Philippines). Moreover, he was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, the Prince Claus Award in 2014 and the Radcliffe Fellowship of Harvard University, and he has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2017. Diaz’s filmography consists of eighteen films, many of them being honored with distinct awards: From What Is Before won the Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2014, A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery won the Berlinale Alfred Bauer Silver Bear in 2016 and The Woman Who Left received the Golden Lion in Venice. This list continues with When the Waves are Gone, winner of the Venice Official Section (Out of Competition).