Simulacrum Tremendum

  • 780'
  • Philippines
  • 2016
The filmmaker is fairly young, otherwise you could say this extremely long film is Khavn’s life's work. Because it is so long and the maker is Filipino, you might think he is following in the footsteps of Lav Diaz, but this is very different, more experimental, documentary-surrealistic cinema. A collection of images like Jonas Mekas also makes, although Manila is not New York.
Khavn started shooting this diary 22 years ago, and in the course of time he has made recordings with all sorts of cameras, from analogue video8 via mini-DV to iPhone. He does not present the recordings in chronological order, however.
Khavn is also a prize-winning poet: 36 poems have been incorporated into this flowing river of film, with at times wildly splashing words and rhythms. The soundtrack mainly consists of piano music played by the filmmaker himself. This thirteen-hour cinematographic and musical event marks programmer Gertjan Zuilhof's farewell to the festival.


Director
Khavn
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
780'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Khavn, Achinette Villamor
Production Company
Kamias Overground
Sales
Kamias Overground
Screenplay
Khavn, JD Domingo, Vonn Acosta, Khole De La Cruz
Cinematography
Albert Banzon, Achinette Villamor, Khavn, Aletta von Vietinghoff
Editor
Carlo Manatad Francisco, JD Domingo
Production Design
Khavn
Sound Design
Carlo Manatad Francisco
Music
Khavn
Cast
Christopher Doyle, Nika Bohinc, Kitano Takeshi, Tim Burton, Apichatpong Weerasethakul