(From PDI-Entertainment’s Indie Bravo supplement, published Dec. 9.)
'Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan'
Visionary filmmaker Lav Diaz’s nonconformist ways have challenged viewers and distributors of his socially-aware works, which often run considerably longer than “traditional” movies.
Some of Diaz’s acclaimed films include “Batang West Side,” “Death in the
and “Melancholia”—all winners in film fests abroad. His most recent victories
include the NETPAC Award for “Florentina Hubaldo, Land of Encantos CTE”
at the Jeonju International Film Festival last year; and the top prize at the
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival for “Norte, Hangganan ng
Kasaysayan” this year.
He observes that the local indie scene continues to show progress: “Bawat region, naglalabas ngayon ng pelikula. May deluge. It shows that maganda ang nangyayari.”
He is currently filming “Mula sa Kung Ano ang (From What is Before)” in the
Islands. It’s a particularly tough shoot, Diaz admits. “Araw-araw,
umuulan, ang lamig, maputik!”