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Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (2007)

A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, ... See full summary »

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Lav Diaz

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Lav Diaz (story and screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Roeder ... Benjamin Agusan
Angeli Bayani ... Catalina
Perry Dizon ... Teodoro
Dante Perez Dante Perez ... Mang Claro / Interviewer
Sophia Aves Sophia Aves ... Amalia
Soliman Cruz ... Torturer
Gemma Cuenca Gemma Cuenca ... Carmen
At Maculangan ... Father
Jenny Guinto Jenny Guinto ... Rosa
Amalia Virtucio Amalia Virtucio ... Healer / Albularya
Kalila Aguilos Kalila Aguilos ... Psychiatrist
Juan Francisco Penaranda Juan Francisco Penaranda ... Young Benjamin
Ashleigh Beatrice Penarada Ashleigh Beatrice Penarada ... Young Theresa
Jason Escobel Jason Escobel ... Kapre
Benjamin B. Arienda Jr. Benjamin B. Arienda Jr. ... Interviewee
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A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, Benjamin had been living in an old town called Kaluga in Russia. With his grant and residency, he taught and conducted workshops in a university. The poet published two books of sadness and longing in the process. In Russia, Benjamin was able to shoot video collages, fell in love with a Slavic beauty, buried a son, and almost went mad. He came back to bury his dead-father, mother, sister and a lover. He came back to face Mount Mayon, the raging beauty and muse of his youth. He came home to confront the country that he so loved and hated, the Philippines. He came back to die in the land of his birth. He wanders around the obliterated village meeting old friends and lovers. Written by Anonymous

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Filipino | Bicolano | English | Tagalog

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30 December 2015 (France) See more »

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Death in the Land of Encantos See more »

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And like Dylan Thomas would have said...
9 October 2008 | by postcefaluSee all my reviews

Lav Diaz follows after his enormous (in all senses) "Heremias" with this even more complex and longer "Dead in the land of encantos". The first ten minutes contains all the keys to the whole piece. It's the devastation of a place that everyone says it was very beautiful but not especially for its real charms but because it was their land and it was pure and wild. On the contrary, the beauty still alive: the bodies of young women, the poetry, the light, the sound of the rain drops hitting the palm trees and also the mud and the destroyed houses after the catastrophe. Diaz takes his time to think about how can they face the disaster and in the meantime brings an elegiac ode to the unstoppable river of life.


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