Hesus the Revolutionary

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Hesus the Revolutionary
Lav Diaz, 2002
Philippines | Format: MiniDV | 112 minutes

Lav Diaz’s dystopian fable—practically a short by the standards of this master of cinematic duration, clocking in at just under two hours—takes place in an eerily familiar near-future, full of graffitied buildings and plagued by guerilla warfare. In a Philippines kept under lockdown by a heavily contested military regime, poet-cum-freedom-fighter Hesus travels the country fleeing government authorities, daydreaming of a happier childhood, and struggling with his guilt over having carried out a brutal order from his revolutionary superior. An unusual foray into the science fiction genre, Hesus the Revolutionary is still very much of a piece with Diaz’s subsequent work: a film of philosophical rigor and barely muted anger.

Lav Diaz's new film Norte, The End of History is screening in the Main Slate of the 51st New York Film Festival.

Series: NYFF: Opening Act

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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