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In the flesh: JLC to personally attend screening of ‘Historya ni Ha’

The latest work of award-winning Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz, ‘Historya ni Ha’ stars John Lloyd Cruz as Hernando, a Huk rebel-turned-bodabil star who’s on his last tour on the international cruise liner Mayflower. He’s going back to his hometown to marry his childhood sweetheart but she’s set to marry someone else.

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PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF LAV DIAZ ‘HISTORYA ni Ha’ stars John Lloyd Cruz, Mae Paner, Dolly de Leon and Teroy Guzman.

John Lloyd Cruz will personally grace the screening of the Asian premiere of the film he stars in, Historya ni Ha, on 4 December at Gateway Cineplex 10 in Araneta City, Cubao, Quezon City.

Historya in Ha, the latest work of award-winning Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz, features Cruz as Hernando, a Huk rebel-turned-bodabil star who’s on his last tour on the international cruise liner Mayflower. He’s going back to his hometown to marry his childhood sweetheart but she’s set to marry someone else.

The film had its world premiere at the 65th BFI London Film Festival.

On social media, the promotions team of History ni Ha listed down six reasons people should step out of the house to see the film:
1. If you’re a JLC fan, you wouldn’t want to miss his performance. “He really poured his very soul into the Hernando character and prepared for it physically amid public ridicule,” his costar Hazel Orencio says.

‘HISTORYA ni Ha’ will screen 4 December at Gateway in QC.

2. See the beauty of Sibaltan, Palawan, where the film was entirely shot.

3. It’s a rare gathering of veteran theater actors Mae Paner, Dolly de Leon and Teroy Guzman who all supported John Lloyd Cruz.

4. Why not spend four hours and a half inside the cinema after two years of the pandemic?

5. The film is Diaz’s loving tribute to his production designer-friend, Cesar Hernando, who died in 2019.

6. If you’re angry at the current political circus, let’s get you angrier with this film. But at the same time, it will set your patriotism ablaze with suggestions on what you can do for the country.

JOHN Lloyd Cruz plays a Huk rebel-turned-bodabil star in the Lav Diaz film.

In his recent review of the film, critic Noel Vera wrote: Diaz puts a finger on one big reason why the Philippine electorate, time and time again, makes poor choices: They’re in love with the idea of the savior-superman, a leader that will rise up and solve all our problems with a Presidential Decree or two. Agawin’s analysis is (as Congressman Torres [Jun Sabayton] puts it) “quite horrifying,” if baldly stated, but, as in the best vaudeville magic, the obvious gesture is meant to distract the audience while the hidden hand performs the real trick: Hernando sitting in one corner drinking in Agawin’s postmortem and Among Kuyang’s forecast. One almost feels Hernando is reacting to this the same way he reacts to Rosetta’s rejection: With silence. In the face of such insanity (a presidential myth perpetuating two other myths, a woman giving herself up for her family’s debts), what else can one say?”

The screening of History ni Ha is part of the QCinema International Film Festival, whose tagline, “Jump Start,” captures the spark of life with the reopening of cinemas.

The ongoing hybrid 10-day film fest has screenings online via KTX.ph and in-person at the Gateway Cineplex 10. It is ongoing till 5 December.

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