Misericordia: The Last Mystery of Kristo Vampiro

Khavn

IFFR 2013

  • 70'
  • Philippines
  • 2013
This travel-shockumentary-vampire fiction could well be a disguised ode to the Mondo films of Jacopetti, but with Khavn you never really know. Our guide is Kristo Vampiro, who admits in a voice-over that he is willing to go very far to quench his thirst for blood. The entirely blood-red images show the continual self-castigation of people in the street, juxtaposed with cock fights and acted crucifixions, complete with mouth-organ music.
According to Khavn, the film came about during a four-day tour of the Filipino archipelago which he gave an Italian friend. They stopped at the folk-&-roll bar Hobbit House, where all the waiters are dwarfs, and visited the Ringside brothel. They also stopped at several cock fights, which cost the losing gamblers a week’s income, but also made them believe that one good win could save them. Khavn also filmed the cemetery, 'maybe the only real utopia in Southeast Asia'. Also see How to Raise a Smart & Happy Child from Age Zero to Five in Spectrum Shorts.
Director
Khavn
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2013
Length
70'
Medium
DCP
Language
no dialogue
Producers
Khavn, Achinette Villamor, Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster
Production Companies
Kamias Road, Ltd, Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH
Sales
Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH
Screenplay
Khavn, Carlos Piocos III, Arvie Bartolome
Cinematography
Albert Banzon
Editor
Lawrence S. Ang
Sound Design
Lawrence S. Ang
Music
Kristine Kintana
Cast
Dante Perez