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Hazel Orencio

“I am very happy and overwhelmed for Lav. We used to have only 10 to 20 people in the audience, and we were already content with it.”

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    FROM WHAT IS BEFORE

    Lav Diaz Philippines, 2014

    Lav’s Golden Leopard winner in Locarno is an epic remembrance of a period of transition that marked the traumatic time of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ rule. The film’s structure unfurls with slow power, growing increasingly complex, political, and emotional over its five-and-a-half hour story.

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    NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY

    Lav Diaz Philippines, 2013

    Powerfully transplanting Dostoyevsky’s epic Crime and Punishment to his native Philippines, Norte offers a marked departure from Lav Diaz’ earlier (and longer!) B&W films. Shot in gorgeous color, the film is a solidly structured, tightly plotted masterpiece that weighs in on injustice and guilt.

    FLORENTINA HUBALDO, CTE

    Lav Diaz Philippines, 2012

    The Filipino master of slow cinema intertwines a story of impoverished treasure hunters with the tale of a drifting woman coming to terms with a damaged mind and body. Extraordinary handheld camerawork captures the minutest of details, bringing the struggles of life into stark reality.

    CENTURY OF BIRTHING

    Lav Diaz Philippines, 2011

    Like some of the best 19th-century novelists, Lav Diaz is a genius at interweaving multiple stories to create a truly expanded canvas of characters, landscapes and social and political struggle. In this masterpiece, three strands oppose each other and then, in an impressive arc, fall into parallel.

    THE HALT

    Lav Diaz Philippines, 2019

    Ulitizing and subverting melodramatic conventions, Lav Diaz’s 5-hour dystopia feels strangely prophetic and contemporary in its commentary on authoritarian regimes and cavalier approaches to public health. The absurdism is striking, infecting both bumbling government officials and sly opportunists.

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