Ria Limjap on Raymond Red's Himpapawid: Take to the Sky
Himpapawid is the new film by Raymond Red, the first Filipino director to win the Palme D'Or at Cannes. (Spoiler alert!)
Raul, the Anarchist Hero in Raymond Red's latest feature film Himpapawid, is a man in dire straights. A poor worker who wants to go home and help his sick father, Raul finds himself embroiled in a heist with a gang of amateurs. Crispin (John Arcilla), Tatang (Soliman Cruz), Karlo (Karlo Altomonte), and Morit (Raul Morit) are a bunch of bitter drinking buddies, kanto boys–kanto men really–who plan to rob an overseas placement agency owned by the man who cheated them. When the heist goes wrong, Raul alone survives. He takes the gun, the grenade, his homemade parachute, and hijacks a plane. He robs the passengers and jumps out the door, like a modern day Icarus with nowhere to go but down. A poor farmer (Ronnie Lazaro) finds Raul's body on the side of the road and the blood spattered stash. He takes the booty and uses it to pay for his son's future.