When the Waves Are Gone

Lav Diaz

Direccions Philippines, France, Portugal, Denmark 187 min Catalan premiere Fiction


Lieutenant Hermes Papauran, one of the best investigators of the Philippines, is in a deep moral crossroad. As a member of the police forces, he is a first-hand witness of the murderous anti-drug campaign that his institution is implementing with dedication. The atrocities are corroding Hermes physically and spiritually, causing him a severe skin disease resulting from anxiety and guilt. As he tries to heal, a dark past haunts him and has eventually come back for a reckoning.

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Lav Diaz

He is especially notable for the length of his work, his films not being governed by time but by space and nature. His work mostly deals with the social and political struggles of his motherland. Since 1998 he has directed eighteen films, and won numerous international awards including the Locarno Golden Leopard, the Berlinale Alfred Bauer Silver Bear and the Venice Golden Lion.

Filmography: When the Waves Are Gone (2022, D'A 2023), A Tale of Filipino Violence (2022), History of Ha (2021), Genus Pan (2020), The Halt (2019), Season of the Devil (2018, D'A 2019), The Woman Who Left (2016, D'A 2017), A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016), From What Is Before (2014), Norte, the End of History (2013, D'A 2014), Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012), Century of Birthing (2011), Woman of the Wind (2011), Melancholia (2008), Death in the Land of Encantos (2007), Heremias, Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess (2006), Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004), Jesus, Revolutionnary (2002), West Side Kid (2002), Naked Under the Moon (1999), Burger Boys (1999), Criminal of Barrio Concepcion (1998)

Lav Diaz

Film information

Int. title: When the Waves Are Gone
Original Title: Kapag wala nang mga alon
Director: Lav Diaz
Script: Lav Diaz
Contact: Films Boutique
With: John Lloyd Cruz, Ronnie Lazaro, Shamaine Buencamino
Country: Philippines, France, Portugal, Denmark
Year: 2022
Format: DCP
Length: 187 min
Language: Tagalog
Subtitles: English, Catalan
Edition: 2023