When the Waves Are Gone

Kapag wala na ang mga alon

Director: Lav Diaz
Country: Philippines, Denmark, Portugal, France

German Premiere
2022 | 187 min. | Tagalog
Subtitles: German, English

Cast_ John Lloyd Cruz, Ronnie Lazaro, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Dms Boongaling, Danilo Ledesma Screenplay_ Lav Diaz Camera_ Larry Manda Producer_ Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew, Jean-Christophe Simon, Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves Rights_ Films Boutique

The legendary Filipino director Lav Diaz follows two dirty cops into the depths of the brutal era of the Duterte presidency.

How do the best cops fare in a country that incites the authorities against their own people? Not well, judging by Hermes Papauran. The police academy instructor keeps lashing out in violent outbursts while an aggressive skin rash eats away at his body. When he leaves Manila to seek a cure in his coastal home village, his former teacher is released from prison. And they have a score to settle.

The exceptional director Lav Diaz demonstrates the full range of his incomparable style: a unique combination of genre homage and narrative experimentation, of clear political focus and absolute artistic freedom. All of it is conveyed in powerfully expressive black-and-white images whose composure contrasts with the seething temperaments of his characters. A revenge film unlike any you’ve seen before. Following ›Genus Pan‹, the new masterpiece by Lav Diaz comes to IFFMH!


Lav Diaz is the most important figure in contemporary Philippine cinema. His epics, which often last several hours, confront the social problems and colonial history of his homeland. He won the top prize at Locarno 2014 and Venice 2016, and is widely considered one of the best directors of our time.


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