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Lav Diaz in Locarno

SCENE from “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before)”

Lav Diaz’s five-hour epic “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before)” will vie for the Golden Leopard award in the International Competition section of the 67th Locarno (Switzerland) International Film Festival, set Aug. 6 to 16.

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Exciting but uneven lineup launches World Premieres fest

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TREGANT AND BARAHONA topbill “Adrift” and “Alpha,” respectively.

The World Premieres Film Festival launched its first edition last week with an exciting but uneven lineup. Our top picks: Reza Azamian’s period piece from Iran, “Romantic Nostalgia,” sees the world of young bride Fereshteh (Best Actress winner Mitra Hajjar) unfurl into confusing complexity when her husband, Manouchehr (Mohammad Reza Forutan), is called for military duty when Iraqi forces invade Iran.

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Another rave review for ‘Norte’

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ANGELl Bayani (left) and Hazel Orencio in “Norte”: “A marvel of simplicity, depth and deviousness.”

The raves keep coming. Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s four-hour epic “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” merited a rave review from US website Film Comment.

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People watching one’s work is true triumph

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CAST of “From What Is Before,” (from left) Hazel Orencio, Liryc Paolo de la Cruz, Kim Perez and Perry Dizon, won Best Ensemble Performance.

Award-winning indie filmmaker Lav Diaz, whose film “From What Is Before” won the Grand Festival Prize at the 2014 World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF, ongoing till July 8), exhorts industry leaders to work on bringing the arts to the common people.

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Filipino film on lost rituals takes World Festival prize

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WORLD PREMIERES WINNERS  Forty films from 27 nations are vying  for top awards at the ongoing World Premieres Film Festival. The WPFF is part of the International Film Expo, an initiative of the Film Development Council of the Philippines. The early winners  are  shown with WPFF juror Benjamin Illos (from left), Ecuadorian director Alfredo León León; the Philippine cast of “From What is Before” Perry Dizon, Kim Perez, Liryc Paolo de la Cruz and Hazel Orencio; and Spanish director Vicente Pérez Herrero. The festival runs until July 8 at SM cinemas in Manila.  ALEXIS CORPUZ

A five-hour drama set on the brink of martial law, the Philippines’ sole entry to the 2014 World Premieres Film Festival (WPFF), bagged the Grand Festival Prize at the awards ceremony on Wednesday night at the Centerstage theater of SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

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