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Kapag wala nang mga alon (When the waves are gone)

Out of Competition
Lav Diaz
Epicmedia (Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew) Films Boutique (Jean-Christophe Simon) Rosa Filmes (Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves) Snowglobe (Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen)
Running Time:
Philippines, France, Portugal, Denmark
Main Cast:
John Lloyd Cruz, Ronnie Lazaro, Shamaine Centenera- Buencamino, Dms Boongaling, Danilo Ledesma, Aryanne Gollena, Roel Laguerta, Neil Alvin, Delas Alas, Ronaliza Jintalan
Lav Diaz
Larry Manda
Lav Diaz
Production Designer:
Lav Diaz
Hugo Leitão, Emmanuel Croset, Xavier Thieulin


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.

Director’s Statement

What happens when an agency task at protecting the citizenry and ensuring that the duly constituted laws of the land are adhered to becomes the enforcer of human rights violations (in the case of the Philippines, the police becoming the Grim Reaper himself)?The populist persona and demeanor of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte catapulted him to such popularity unheard of in Philippine politics that everything he does, even unconstitutional and unconscionable acts like the extra-judicial killings done by the police, has semblance of entitlement, attributed mostly to the masses’ imprimatur and approval. But his approval does not just come from the ‘ignorant’ masses but also from the intellectuals, the artists, the educated. The suffering of Lt. Hermes Papauran in the film is the suffering of the Filipino soul, the human soul. The very current shocking Ukraine invasion by Russia and the resultant brutality seems unheard of but it is just a magnification of the human malady that has been with us forever—how humanity has become so accepting to a form of psychosis in approving evil leadership, how humanity has become so helpless to a wall of petrified ignorance. Putin, Duterte, Assad, Trump... they’ve been with us forever, The Grim Reapers of the world.


PRODUCTION 1: Bianca Balbuena, Bradley Liew – Epicmedia
Mercedes Ave
1600 – Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. +63 9176208253

PRODUCTION 2: Jean-Christophe Simon – Films Boutique
5, rue Nicolas Flamel
75004 – Paris, France
Tel. +33 428292379

PRODUCTION 3: Joaquim Sapinho, Marta Alves – Rosa Filmes
Largo Maria Isabel Aboim Inglês, 2-B
1400-244 – Lisbon, Portugal
Tel. +351 213031810

PRODUCTION 4: Mikkel Jersin, Katrin Pors, Eva Jakobsen – Snowglobe
Refshalevej 157A, stuen
1432 – Copenhagen, Denmark
Tel. +45 31746074

WORLD SALES: Julien Razafindranaly – Films Boutique
Köpenicker Str. 184
10997 – Berlin, Germany
Tel. +49 3069537850

PRESS OFFICE: Gloria Zerbinati

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Gloria Zerbinati gloria.zerbinati@gmail.com

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