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Screenings of Lav’s winning films set

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Fresh from winning the Golden Leopard at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival, Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” will have a “Handog sa Bansa” special screening on Sept. 21. The exact venue will be confirmed later by the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP).

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No rousing welcome for Lav Diaz, other victors of biggest ever film award for PH

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LABOR OF LAV Filmmaker Lav Diaz holds the official Locarno festival magazine with himself on the cover. KIMBERLY DELA CRUZ

There was no hero’s welcome, no marching band, no ticker-tape parade for the ragtag crew that brought the biggest honor the country has received so far in an A-list film festival.

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5 awards for Lav at Locarno fest

LAV DIAZ and his Golden Leopard in Locarno AP

Apart from winning the Golden Leopard (Best Film) and Boccalino d’Oro (for lead actress Hazel Orencio), Lav Diaz’s “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon” won three other awards at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic also won the Fipresci International Film Critics’ Prize, the Junior Jury/Environment is Quality of Life Prize and the International Federation of Film Societies’ (IFFS) Don Quixote Prize. “We had a problem in packing all those awards,” said Diaz.

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Award-winning 5-hour Philippine film seeks venue

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The Philippine director of an international award-winning movie returned home Monday to presidential accolades and the challenge of finding an audience for his five-hour film.

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When Lav met Agnes

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Agnes Varda and Lav Diaz at Muralto Park in Locarno. Photo by Hazel Orencio

Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz won the top prize for “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before)” at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival on Saturday. His bonus reward: Meeting the French New Wave legend, director Agnes Varda.

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