Lav Diaz’s “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” or “The Woman Who Left” in its international title, recently won at the prestigious Venice Film Festival. The film bagged the top prize of the night—the Golden Lion award—beating films by other renowned directors from around the globe.
Ang Babaeng Humayo stars former ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos-Concio, and is about a school teacher seeking revenge after being incarcerated for 30 years over a crime she did not commit. Diaz says that the film is reflective of the Philippines’ struggles after centuries of colonialism. Ang Babaeng Humayo is also filmed entirely in black and white, and runs for almost four hours.
Watch the film’s teaser here: