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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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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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Lav Diaz’s epic ‘Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon’ wins top prize at Locarno fest

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Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s five-and-a-half-hour epic “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What is Before)” won the top prize at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival. The awards ceremony was held in Switzerland, Saturday evening (Swiss time).

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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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The filmmaker as smuggler

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ERIK Matti’s big dream is to build a “legitimate school that tackles various aspects of the cinematic arts.” KIMBERLY DE LA CRUZ

Filmmaker Erik Matti was a juror at the Fribourg (Switzerland) International Film Festival last March.

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