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GERMAN CINEMA NOW! Love is a Dog from Hell (Asong Imipyerno Ang Pag-Ibig) [In-Person Only]
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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GERMAN CINEMA NOW! Love is a Dog from Hell (Asong Imipyerno Ang Pag-Ibig) [In-Person Only]
Wed Apr 27: 7.30pm PDT
Thu Apr 28: 7.30pm PDT

$13 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 Member

*** Public Safety Notice ***
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Philippines & Germany
1h 30m

GERMAN CINEMA NOW!, a celebration of the bold, new, and fantastic in German and transnational cinema, is a monthly film series presented by Goethe Pop Up Seattle. In 2022, GCN! explores states of (apparent) stasis, sameness, and standstill, inviting viewers to look closely at the countless dynamic processes that are always underway, just beneath the surface.

About the film:
** North American premiere! **

This year, German Cinema Now! is investigating Stillstand  a state of apparent stillness, of stagnation, of sameness: a meniscus, in other words, beneath which the most fundamental changes are afoot. Love is a Dog from Hell, from the polymath Filipino artist, musician, and film director Khavn, blindingly illuminates this theme. This film was shot with the same stars (Lilith Stangenberg and Ian Madrigal), the same inspiration (the Orpheus myth, gender-switched), and the same urban location (Manila) as Orphea (GCN! April 2021) Khavns 2020 collaboration with New German Cinema legend Alexander Kluge. Much of the film material is even the same. And yet the two works are fundamentally different. Even where a scene seems visually familiaras in a crazed street concert culminating in a burning keyboardthe vibe is different. Here the montage is less music video, more live concert footage. Woodstock 99 meets biker orgy.

The storyline of Love is a Dog is unitary in concept and execution. Driven by a mad grief on the death of her Euridiko/Eurydice (Madrigal), Orpheus/Orphea (Stangenberg) electrocutes herself, climbs into a columbarium, and sets off, stooped, into an underworld labyrinth, there to beseech the lord of the underworld to return her love to her. We follow her passage through hell, rendered by Khavn with endless invention, at street level.

With his gifts for poetry, music, and visual composition, Khavn surprises throughout. Hell is a democracy of devils, we learn. Blood is the hardest, blood is like stone. We see different mediumsdigital, videovarious views, color palates and perspectives changing constantly. Orphea mournfully intones Im blind, in a flaming circle. Like a religious rite that makes magic from scraps, Khavn does much with little, using simple means to extraordinary effect. Pink flip-flops inverted over a pair of ears make a sorceress. Black and white stills against Tagalog poetry. Stop-motion animation with mass-market figurines. Many scenes of dogs. The most powerful effects of all are, of course human, first among them the ferociously committed performance of Stangenberg. This journeyribald, grotesque, sublimeleaves a mark: as eternal as a bad memory / in my heart until I die. (Martin Schwartz)

(Khavn, Philippines & Germany, 2021, 90 min, with English subtitles)


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




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On BPT Since: May 27, 2004
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