Across Asia Film Festival – Perfumed Nightmares will present as closing event, a piano concert by the director Mr. Khavn De La Cruz on the images of his film- opera Kalakala.
We would like to dedicate this special event to the victims of all the typhoons and hurricanes that every year are wasting the tropical areas of the world and, even when they don’t kill anyone, they obliges people to build every time on the same ruins.
With Khavn will play:
Mike Cooper – Lap Steel Guitar
Jonida Prifti -Voice
Free entrance, please RSVP.
Director Khavn De La Cruz Screenplay Khavn De La Cruz Cast Dante Perez Cinematography Albert Banzon Music Khavn De La Cruz Production Kamias Overground Lenght 71’ Language Tagalog with English subtitles Country Philippines Year 2012 Genre Drama
“Eight days before Christmas, Typhoon Sendong ravaged a small city in the northern coastline of the Philippines, burying most of it in water. 8,128 families displaced; almost 5000 dead; at least a thousand missing, most of them presumed to have been drwned alive. Three weeks after, a man is found walking around the city in broad daylight, a dead “baby” in his arms. He wanders around the business district, dogged by local who wondered, sympathized, empathized. Following the ghost of his wife, he walks on until he reaches a river and drowns himself.’ – Khavn
Khavn De La Cruz is a multi-awarded and internationally renowned filmmaker, composer, and writer. Because of his polyhedric, multifaceted work is defined in many different ways as “the Lars von Trier of the Philippines” (Julien Fonfrede, Montreal Festival Of New Cinema), “the new Takashi Miike. The Philippine counterpart of Peter Baiestorf” (Mondo Paura), “the world’s most prolific major filmmaker” (Variety), “a rock ‘n’ roll filmmaker with the sensibilities of Buñuel” (Ricky S. Torre, GMA News), “a punk rebel” (Die Presse). He has thirty-three features and more than a hundred short films under his belt, including Mondomanila (Rotterdam 2012), The Muzzled Horse Of An Engineer In Search Of Mechanical Saddles (Berlinale 2008), Manila In The Fangs Of Darkness (Viennale 2008), and Squatterpunk (Rotterdam 2007). Once the proprietor of the late 90s go-to place for local artists Oracafe, Khavn has been called the father of Philippine digital filmmaking. He is the president of Kamias Road, an independent film, music, and publishing company.