Film

Mababangong Bangungot

(Perfumed Nightmare)

A Journey in the Festival’s History

Philippines  ·  1977  ·  HD  ·  Couleurs  ·  94'  ·  o.v. English

On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020  ·  Sub. French

Disponibile in Svizzera – Available in Switzerland


On Demand

5-15 | 8 | 2020

Available on MUBI for the international audience: film availability varies depending on your location

Selected by Véréna Paravel e Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Directors of De Humani Corporis Fabrica


The cinematic shaman Kidlat Tahimik’s film, Mababangong Bangungot, has lost none of its unerring and unnerving magic over the years. Inventing at a stroke a wholly new genre of postcolonial picaresque, the film’s provocations, both in style and in substance, are as breathtaking in 2020 as they were in 1977. Its whimsical, quixotic self-fashioning of “Kidlat,” and his peregrinations around the Philippines and Europe, as he dissects and dismantles the obscenity and inanity of North American imperialism, European crypto-colonial modernity, and neo-liberal consumerist capitalism tout court, have, if anything, only increased in their prescience and pertinence since then. The film couples comedy and critique, absurdist humor and self-deprecating irony, like no other we know. An inimitable fabulist, and mythopoetic gadabout, Kidlat wryly thumbs his nose at the racist tropes of ethnographic film, travel documentaries, and Western primitivism in a fashion that no one before had dared and no one since has essayed. Almost half a century later, the world is now on fire. Marcos’ US-sponsored dictatorship already contained the seeds of Duherte’s, and as Duherte, Bolsonaro, Modi, Erdogan, Trump and their ilk strut their shit on the world’s sickening stage, screening Mababangong Bangungot today brings home with unremitting force many of the causes of our current global crisis. Kidlat’s ludic proclamation of imaginative freedom and cosmopolitanism, “I chose my vehicle and I can cross all bridges,” clamors to be heard as never before, even as it sounds ever more like utopian wish-fulfillment fantasy.

– Véréna Paravel e Lucien Castaing-Taylor

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R�alisateur

Kidlat Tahimik

Cast

Kidlat Tahimik, Mang Fely, Dolores Santamaria

Producteur

Kidlat Tahimik

Cinematographie

Hartmut Lerch, Kidlat Tahimik

Sc�nario

Kidlat Tahimik

Montage

Kidlat Tahimik

Production

Zoetrope Studios

Ventes internationales

Megaphone
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