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The Halt Unclassified 18+
Ang Hupa

The year is 2034. In Lav Diaz’s sci-fi vision of future, a deadly flu has killed millions, while the sun has stopped shining over South-East Asia. With the Philippines plunged into perpetual darkness, a despotic president grasps his chance to turn the desolated country into an oppressive dystopia.

Across four-and-a-half hours, slow-cinema veteran Diaz (Season of the Devil, MIFF 2018; The Woman Who Left, MIFF 2017) deploys his patient storytelling prowess to tell a politically impassioned portrait of potential times to come – one that, taking cues from his previous historical-leaning work, jumps to another time to reflect upon today’s woes.

As rebel forces rally against their maniacal Filipino ruler, The Halt proves a blistering treatise on power and corruption, as painted across the screen with Diaz’s intoxicatingly detailed and penetrating visuals.

“The emotion of The Halt is never less than bracing, its parody searingly grotesque, and its forlorn atmosphere genuinely distressing … It is impossible to look away from such a direct missive of despair and yearning from inside one of today’s most appalling regimes.” – MUBI Notebook

Tickets

4461
Sat 10 Aug 11:00 am [4461]
Man in the Well (16 mins)
The Halt (278 mins)
Kino 2 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Director
Lav Diaz
Producer
Lav Diaz
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere
Format
Digital
Company Credit
World Sales: Indie Sales

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