Clocking at 780 minutes or roughly 13 hours, Khavn Dela Cruz’s Simulacrum Tremendum (2016, Philippines) is now the 14th longest film in the history of experimental motion picture, or 17th overall (whether experimental or narrative feature). The film is a collection of 22 years worth of camera recordings using various formats. Upping the ante on today’s International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) premiere, Dela Cruz, a classically trained pianist, will be playing nonstop for the entire exhibition.
Khavn’s Simulacrum Tremendum is at least 2 hours and 13 minutes longer than Lav Diaz’s longest running feature (Evolution of A Filipino Family, 2004).
” Thirteen hours is quite something, and in this case certainly not only for the viewer. Filmmaker-poet-composer Khavn will accompany the film on the piano for its entire duration. A very special show that will easily make theGuinness Book of Records as the longest musical film accompaniment ever.
The filmmaker is fairly young, otherwise you could say this extremely long film is Khavn’s life’s work. Because it is so long and the maker is Filipino, you might think he is following in the footsteps of Lav Diaz, but this is very different, more experimental, documentary-surrealistic cinema. A collection of images like Jonas Mekas also makes, although Manila is not New York.
Khavn started shooting this diary 22 years ago, and in the course of time he has made recordings with all sorts of cameras, from analogue video8 via mini-DV to iPhone. He does not present the recordings in chronological order, however.
Khavn is also a prize-winning poet: 36 poems have been incorporated in this flowing river of film, with at times wildly splashing words and rhythms. The soundtrack mainly consists of piano music played by the filmmaker himself. This thirteen-hour cinematographic and musical event marks programmer Gertjan Zuilhof’s farewell to the festival.” – IFFR