Lav Diaz is on a roll. After his film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival and his other film Ang Babaeng Humayo won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, the acclaimed director is receiving another award, this time for Audience Award at the Festival de Cinema d’Autor or D’A for Ang Babaeng Humayo.
The Audience Award is given to the film with the highest number of audience votes.
The film is inspired by the Leo Tolstoy short story God Sees the Truth but Waits, and revolves around the story of Horacia Somorostro, whose “living has become a veritable reclusion perpetua, an imprisonment. Life’s spins and randomness has been very difficult, vicious and inexplicable for her.”
It stars ABS-CBN chief operating officer Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael de Mesa, Nonie Buencamino, and wife Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino.
The D’A is an annual film festival celebrating “current world cinema, screening an international panorama of the finest contemporary auteur cinema.” It is held in Barcelona, Spain.
Lav Diaz is a critically-acclaimed director whose films have been recognized in the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the New York Film Festival. In 2015, his film Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan was screened at the Un Certain Regard section of 2013 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Philippines’ entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.
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