A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery

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A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis
Directed by Lav Diaz
Produced by Lav Diaz
Bianca Balbuena
Paul Soriano
Fran Borgia
Jeremy Chua
Written by Lav Diaz
Starring John Lloyd Cruz
Piolo Pascual
Music by Ely Buendia
Danny Fabella
Cinematography Larry Manda
Edited by Lav Diaz
Ten17 Productions
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
Akanga Film Productions
Distributed by Star Cinema
Release date
  • 18 February 2016 (2016-02-18) (Berlin)
  • 26 March 2016 (2016-03-26) (Philippines)
Running time
485 minutes[1]
Country Philippines
Language Filipino
Box office ₱4 million[2]

A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (Filipino: Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis) is a 2016 historical fantasy drama film directed by Lav Diaz. It was selected to compete for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.[3][4] At the film festival, it won the Alfred Bauer Prize.[5][6] The film was released on 26 March and was distributed by Star Cinema.[7]



The film received mixed reviews from critics, with criticism mostly directed towards its pacing and confusing narrative.[8] Guy Lodge of Variety states in his review that "A major disappointment from a major filmmaker, Diaz's latest super-sized tapestry of historical fact, folklore and cine-poetry is typically ambitious in its expressionism—but sees the helmer venturing into the kind of declamatory, didactic rhetoric that his recent stunners Norte, the End of History and From What Is Before so elegantly avoided."[9]


  1. ^ "A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery". Berlinale. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "ABS-CBN 1Q 2016 Investor's Briefing Presentation Materials" (PDF). ABS-CBN. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jan 11, 2016: Berlinale Competition 2016: Another nine films selected". Berlinale. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Berlin Film Festival Adds Nine Films to Competition Lineup". Variety. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 20 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Lav Diaz wins Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival". Rappler. 21 February 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis to be shown in PH Cinemas". Rappler. Retrieved 26 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Romney, Jonathan (19 February 2016). "'A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery': Berlin Review". Screen International. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
  9. ^ Lodge, Guy. "'A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery' Review: No Lav for Diaz's Latest". Variety. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 

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