Now here is a meeting of cinema minds and concepts probably nobody had ever thought about! On the one hand, the beyond-Tropicália surreal, wild, ecstatic universe of Khavn de la Cruz, the Philippines' internationally most venerated underground filmmaker – an IFFR regular always easy to spot due to his exalted sense of style. On the other, the Frankfurt School dialectics of Alexander Kluge, self-proclaimed arrière-guard eternal of 1960s modernist moviedom, Gandalf of all essay cinema.

For Happy Lamento, Kluge mixed some of his weirder TV skits on electricity, the circus, revolution and early cinema (featuring Fassbinder-regular Peter Berling, theatre genius Heiner Müller, and DaDaism's last man standing, Helge Schneider, among others) with some of the more outrageous scenes from Khavn’s 2016 Ang Napakaigsing Buhay Ng Alipato. Some 2017 G20 shots of Merkel and Trump et al inject the already heady brew with current affairs urgency. Expect the unexpected!

Filmmaker
Alexander Kluge
Country
Germany, Philippines
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
90’
Language
German
Producer
Stephan Holl, Alexander Kluge
Production Company
Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH, KAIROSFILM
Sales
Rapid Eye Movies HE GmbH
Cinematography
Thomas Willke, Albert Banzon, Thomas Mauch, Erich Harandt
Editor
Andreas Kern, Stephan Holl, Kajetan Forstner, Roland Forstner
Sound Design
Michael Kurz, Stephan Holl
Music
Khavn de la Cruz
Cast
Helge Schneider, Heiner Müller, Galina Antoschewskaja, Peter Berling