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Khavn De La Cruz & Michael Noer – Son Of God


Khavn De La Cruz

Philippines


Khavn de la Cruz is an active artist in a variety of genres. As a filmmaker, writer and musician, based in Quezon in the Philippines, he is putting an emphatic stamp on Filipino culture. Khavn de la Cruz has been called 'the digital revolutions Che Guevarra' and is by many considered one of digital cinema's best hidden secrets. Khavn de la Cruz' production company, Filmless Films, was created in reaction to Dogma 95, where the goal was to make feature films made exclusively with digital technology. As a director he's made 16 films and more than 60 short films. He has directed several music videos for a variety of Filipino artists, and he has written and composed two rock operas. He also curates the film festival Mov and is constantly striving for the promotion of the Filipino film culture.


Michael Noer

Denmark


Michael Noer, born 1978, graduated from the Danish Film Schools Documentary line in 2003. Since then, Noer has won several awards for his productions. In 'Vesterbro' he gave his camera to his neighbors – a couple in their early twenties. The camera rolls in both the hardcore moments of crisp youth and in more vulnerable moments. In his film 'Wild Hearts', we follow a gang of 12 friends in a reckless journey from Denmark to Poland. On mopeds - with heavy drinking, confidences, kisses, declarations and a heart burned into the skin - the young men is testing their hope that friendship and love has no borders. In 2010 Noer had his feature debut with the film 'R'.




LAB PROJECT:

Son Of God



The enfant terrible of Filipino cinema, Khavn de la Cruz, and the Danish filmmaker Michael Noer ('The Wild Hearts', 'R') are behind this febrile dream of a film about a dwarf who is venerated as the son of God by his deeply religious followers in the Philippines. Noer is the white explorer at the head of a kamikaze expedition, which starts off in Manila's densely populated streets and continues deep inside the jungle, where it culminates in a spiritual (re)birth through a hole in the ground. For the many millions of believers, the divine has a real manifestation, and when God's little son - surrounded by his fans - heals a cancer-sufferer with his guts hanging out of his stomach, one has to acknowledge that miracles are a thing of the past in our own welfare society. And this is just the beginning of a long and hugely chaotic trip through the slums. 'Son of God' is the closest one can get to a modern mondo film, but it is also a cunning commentary on Western ideas of faith and superstition in the warmer countries.