Lav Diaz’s ‘Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis’ ticket prices range from P150 to P500
Contrary to speculations that ticket prices for Lav Diaz’s eight-hour film, “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (Lullaby to a Sorrowful Mystery)” would cost the equivalent of four feature-length films or about P800, it turned out to be affordable even for students.
It was announced via Cinema Bravo on Tuesday that tickets would be sold from P150 to P500, depending upon the venue.
The length of “Hele” covers four regular shows of a two-hour feature film. To cover the cost, some sectors earlier thought cinemas would charge a prohibitive fee, from P800 to P1,000. In Metro Manila, a regular rate ranges from P150 to P250.
Of late, “Hele” has earned the label “eight-hour challenge” among regular film patrons. For the record, it is Diaz’s longest film to be shown in commercial cinemas. In August last year, his five-hour long “Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” was shown for a week in mainstream cinemas.
Now being distributed by a major film outfit, Star Cinema, the latest opus of the iconic and probably the only authentic indie Filipino filmmaker will surely be an endurance test for its new audience, the fans who usually troop to a Piolo Pascual or John Lloyd Cruz-topbilled films.
The two heartthrobs star in “Hele”, which many consider a first in the history of local cinema. Living rock legend Ely Buendia also plays a cameo.
Even popular TV host Boy Abunda in his late-night talk show said he will take the “eight-hour challenge.”
“Hele” combines history, folklore and social commentary in the classic Lav Diaz’ zen meditation-like cinematic style, for whatever that means, which gathered a cult following among cineastes and critics all over the world.
It will be shown starting March 26, Black Saturday, in select cinemas nationwide. There’s a 30-minute break every three hours, as Diaz had earlier recommended to the producers and film distributors.
Cinema Bravo’s list follows. TVJ
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