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After receiving rave reviews from international critics, Lav Diaz’s “Norte” will have screenings at Ayala Cinemas, starting Tuesday at Trinoma. Other dates are March 18 (Ayala Center Cebu), March 25 (Greenbelt 3) and March 31 (Glorietta 4). All screenings of the film (which is subtitled in English) start at 6:30 p.m. For inquiries, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Bayani San Diego Jr.
By Bayani San Diego Jr.
That Lav Diaz’s four-hour film “Norte, Hangganan ng Ka-saysayan” will finally be screened in local cinemas can only be described as groundbreaking.
Filipino filmmaker Brillante Ma. Mendoza heads the main competition jury at this year’s Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set Feb. 11-18 in France.
Lav Diaz’s “Prologo sa Ang Dakilang Desaparecido” will be screened in the Spectrum Shorts section of the International Film Festival Rotterdam to be held in the Netherlands from Jan. 22 to Feb. 2. According to producer Bianca Balbuena, “Prologo” was previously shown in San Sebastian, New York, Sao Paulo, Busan and Oslo. In the Philippines, it was part of the Cinema One, SalaMindanaw and Inquirer Indie Bravo! fests. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” made it to the yearend list of the Top 50 films of 2013, drafted by critics who write for the website, The Film Stage. “Norte” placed No. 38 in a roster that also included Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grandmaster,” Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” and Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past,” among others. Reviewer Ethan Vestby wrote: “[‘Norte’] simply depicts life occurring at its own pace… the film’s ultimate virtue: its lack of obsession with racing to its own ideological conclusions.”
LAV DIAZ’S “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” made it to Sight & Sound’s Top 10 films of 2013. “Norte” tied with another Cannes Un Certain Regard entry this year, Alain Guiraudie’s “Stranger by the Lake,” on November 9.
Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s “Batang West Side” will be shown at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City on Nov. 9, 2 p.m.
A retrospective of 12 of Lav Diaz’s films is currently being presented at the 37th Mostra International Film Festival, ongoing in Sao Paulo, Brazil until October 31. Diaz is honored alongside filmmakers Stanley Kubrick of the United States and Eduardo Coutinho of Brazil. Bayani San Diego Jr.
Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” won the top prize at the recent Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival in Germany.
Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” has sealed a distribution deal with the Cinema Guild, based in New York City.
The website ioncinema.com listed Angeli Bayani among the “Top 20 New Faces” at the recent Toronto IFF. Bayani, who had two films in the fest (Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo”), was hailed as “an elemental force … her affecting performance is unmatched … she could soon be a household name.”
Lav Diaz is among the filmmakers who will be featured in the Zabaltegi section of the 61st San Sebastian International Film Festival in Spain, set Sept. 20 to 28. Diaz’s four-hour epic “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” will be shown, along with the short film, “Prologue to the Great Desaparecido.” The fest website describes the short as the “introduction to one of Diaz’s most important films… which questions truth and history.”