Lav Diaz discusses latest opus, Cannes, ‘aesthetics’


08:00 PM May 22nd, 2013

By: Totel V. de Jesus, May 22nd, 2013 08:00 PM

Acclaimed indie filmmaker-rock musician-writer Lav Diaz discusses his latest output, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan,” which is in competition at the Un Certain Regard category in the ongoing (May 15 to May 26) Cannes Film Festival. Video edited by Cathy Miranda/

MANILA, Philippines—Humanity is still barbaric and aim of cinema is to help in its perfection.

Such insight by Lavrente “Lav” Diaz, filmmaker-rock musician-writer, comes in handy amid the “party chaos” at the ongoing (May 15 to May 26) Cannes Film Festival.

Diaz’s recent opus, “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” is in competition at the Un Certain Regard, dubbed the art-house experimental category, together with fellow Filipino indie filmmaker Adolf Barinaga Alix Jr.’s “Bataan Death March.”

Inquirer Entertainment reporter-editor Bayani San Diego Jr. interviews the man behind “Batang West Side,” “Melancholia,” “Death in the Land of Encantos,” “Evolution of a Filipino Family” and “Florentino Hubaldo, CTE” among other film epics that had gathered awards in well-respected international film festivals in Venice, Jeonju and Manila (Cinemanila and Cinemalaya).

“With or without the market, there’s cinema, there’s art,” Diaz told the INQUIRER.

Asked for advice to young filmmakers, Diaz said, “For young people, they shouldn’t be drowned, carried away by commercialism, all this chaos.”

For more, listen to the attached video interview by San Diego.

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