When the Waves Are Gone (Kapag Wala Nang Mga Alon)
Official Selection187' - 2022 - Drama - Dialogue: Tagalog
Director: Lav Diaz With: John Lloyd Cruz, Ronnie Lazaro, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino
Revenge gradually drives two enemies with a past into madness. Lav Diaz, the patient master filmmaker from the Philippines, traces the demons of his homeland in When the Waves Are Gone. Slow cinema in an insulin shot.
Lieutenant Hermes Papauran, one of the best investigators of the Philippines, is in a deep moral crossroad. 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.
"Filipino master Diaz’s first international co-production (…) stars John Lloyd Cruz from his 2016 Golden Lion winner The Woman Who Left. Shot on 16mm and running to more than three hours, the black-and-white film noir follows a man returning home to seek revenge after imprisonment." - Screen Daily
John Lloyd Cruz, Ronnie Lazaro, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino
Director of Photography
Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew, Joaquim Sapinho, Jean-Christophe Simon, Marta Alves
Countries of production
The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (1998), Burger Boys (1999), Naked Under the Moon (1999), West Side Kid (2002), Jesus, Revolutionnary (2002), Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), Heremias, Book One: The Legend of the Lizard (2006), Death in the Land of Encantos (2007), Melancholia (2008), Woman of the Wind (2011), Century of Birthing (2011), Florentia Hubaldo, CTE (2012), Norte, The End of History (2013), From What Is Before (2014), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016), The Woman Who Left (2016), Season of the Devil (2018), The Halt (2019), Genus Pan (2020)