Lav Diaz's newest movie starring Piolo Pascual has been included in this year's lineup for the prestigious Directors' Fortnight, a non-competitive film showcase that runs concurrently with the Cannes Film Festival in France, it was announced on Tuesday.
"Ang Hupa" ("The Halt") is among the 24 films selected. It is one of only three films from Asia, alongside Takashi Miike's "Hatsukoi" ("First Love") and Johnny Ma's "Huo Zhe Chang Zhe" ("The Live to Sing").
The Directors; Fortnight, organized by the French Directors Guild, has been presented in Cannes since 1969.
According to its website, this section of the Cannes Film Festival prides itself by its "freedom of thinking," and that its non-competitive nature highlights "its true intention of sharing its films."
Past editions included movies such as Damien Chazelle's "Whiplash," Sean Baker's "The Florida Project" and Chloe Zhao's "The Rider."
Not much is known of Diaz's "Ang Hupa" other than that it stars Pascual and is produced by Spring Films and Sine Olivia Pilipinas. Also part of the cast are Joel Lamangan, Pinky Amador, and Shaina Magdayao.
A trailer has yet to be released.
A Facebook page about "Ang Hupa" was created just this Sunday. It shared a poster for it featuring Pascual when it announced that it will be part of the Directors' Fortnight.
Diaz's historical film, "Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan," also starring Pascual, competed in the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.