The Halt

Philippines & France


Director: Lav Díaz
Year: 2019
Duration: 279′
Language: VOSE / VOSC
Genre: Drama, Fiction

A succession of volcanic eruptions in the Celebes Sea cause the disappearance of sunlight in Southeast Asia. In 2034, the Philippines is ruled by a totalitarian regime. Epidemics and cataclysms ravage the continent, and drones control the population who try to survive death. Lav Diaz uses black and white and symbolic language, between political satire and domestic life. In the midst of this dystopia, the paths of two women, in love with special forces officers, cross: a former history teacher who now engages in prostitution and a former rock star who has rebelled.

Lav Diaz is one of the most renowned film directors in the Philippines and internationally, who has been considered by some as the ideologue of the new Philippine cinema. With an extensive filmography that began in 1998, followed by Batang West Side (2002) and films such as The Evolution of a Philipino Family (2004), a 630-minute work, this filmmaker has not ceased to be repeatedly awarded at the most renowned international festivals.


November 2020
Available online on FILMIN