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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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Oprah sorry for Switzerland incident over purse

Oprah Winfrey  AP file photo

Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” about the media frenzy that emerged after she said she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

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Oprah sorry for Switzerland incident over purse

Oprah Winfrey. AP FILE PHOTO

Oprah Winfrey says she’s sorry a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland.

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Swiss sales clerk tells Oprah she can’t afford $38,000 handbag

Oprah Winfrey. AP

Switzerland is a glamorous playground of the rich and famous, filled with glitterati from princes to movie stars. It’s also a land with a sometimes uneasy relationship with foreigners — especially when they aren’t white.

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