Ang Hupa (The Halt), the first-ever take on sci-fi by director Lav Diaz starring Piolo Pascual and Shaina Magdayo, will be part of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) as one of the full-length films featured in its Crosscut Asia section.
After making its world premiere in Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, also known as Directors’ Fortnight, in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in late of May, Shaina confirmed on Monday that she and the team will head to Japan for the festival this coming October.
“I welcomed my first TIFF experience last year as an early birthday gift – thought it was going to be a once in a lifetime thing,” she said in reference to her striking presence at the festival for Lav’s rock opera “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw (Season of the Devil)” in 2018.
TIFF - SEE YOU THIS OCTOBER 🇯🇵 Received an email from my dear director Lav Diaz that ANG HUPA/THE HALT will be part of the the Tokyo International Film Festival’s Crosscut Asia section - this year, OCT 2019. 🤩 TIFF two years in a row?! ♥️ 🎞 🎥 Whhuuuttt?! Crrrrazzzyyy!!! 🤩 I welcomed my first TIFF experience last year as an early bday gift - thought it was going to be a once in a lifetime thing 🌈 🎂 Who would’ve thought Id be gifted another chance to represent another film, my 3rd, by THE MASTER LAV DIAZ 🌈🌈🌈 🎞 What an early present for my 30th!!! 🌟 OH HOW CAN I NOT LOVE YOU, 2019 🗺🙏🏻💯 I serve an awesome and generous GOD 🙌🏻 #gratefulHeart #LAVDIAZ 🇯🇵🇵🇭 #PILIPINAS #filmmaking #TheHalt #AngHupa #TIFF #tokyointernationalfilmfestival 🌈
“Who would’ve thought I’d be gifted another chance to represent another film, my 3rd, by THE MASTER LAV DIAZ? What an early present for my 30th,” she added.
For its sixth edition, the Crosscut Asia section “will focus on Southeast Asian genre films, from thrillers to romantic horrors, reflecting regional characteristics in the region,” including, aside from “Ang Hupa”, Prachya Pinkaew’s “Sisters” and Eric Khoo’s “Folklore: Tatami”.
Ang Hupa is a dystopian film imagining Southeast Asia in the year 2034 AD. “The region has been in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031,” quoted Lav as saying in a previous interview. “Madmen control countries, communities, enclaves and bubble cities. Cataclysmic epidemics razed over the continent. Millions have died and millions have left.”
It features Joel Lamanagan, Pinky Amador, and Hazel Orencio.
The 32nd TIFF will run from October 28 until November 5, 2019 at the Roppongi Hills and other venues in Tokyo.