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When the Waves Are Gone
Kapag wala nang mga alon

Director(s): Lav DiazPH, FR, PT, DK187 min.2022
64%(9 ratings)
Accessibilitynot suitable for minors under 15 years of age
LanguagesTagalog (orig.)
SubtitlesEnglish, slovak
Black and white / colourblack & white

Lieutenant Hermes Papauran, one of the best investigators of the Philippines, is in a deep moral cross road. As a member of the police forces, he is a first-hand witness of the murderous anti-drug campaign that his institution is implementing with dedication. The atrocities are corroding Hermes physically and spiritually, causing him a severe skin disease resulting from anxiety and guilt. As he tries to heal, a dark past haunts him and has eventually come back for a reckoning. Director Lav Diaz shot the film on a 16mm film footage, giving the story a stark black and white palette as well as disturbing poetic beauty.

The film was released out of the competition at 79th Venice IFF 2022. IMDb trailer
Projection of When the Waves Are Gone at IFF Art Film 2023
21. Jun
Film was already screened
22. Jun
Film was already screened