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 »
The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and ... See full summary »
A priest estranged from the holy vows, marries Clara and starts raising a family. After several incidents, he becomes wracked with melancholia and wanders aimlessly, unable to come to terms with his personal truths.
An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.
A Filipino teenager is shot to death on the sidewalk of New Jersey, USA. An investigation starts into his death. His family members and friends are interviewed. Along the way, we find out ... See full summary »
Four high school friends hatch a plan for a farcical heist that sends them spiraling into a series of surreal events littered with clowns, fast food, and 'rakenrol', in an even more absurd nation of squalor and entertainment.
Indie filmmaker Lav Diaz becomes the first Filipino to win a major award in Venice Film Festival.
His latest movie, the genre bending opus "MELANCHOLIA" was adjudged as Best Film in the Horizons (Orizzonti) Section of the 65th Venice Film Festival. Diaz received the Golden Lion Special Mention award in the same section last year for "Death in the Land of Encantos".
Born in Mindanao, Diaz has cemented his reputation as one of the country's artistically adept filmmakers of the new decade. His 2001 feature, the 10 hour drama "Batang West Side" set a record as the longest Filipino picture of all time. The New York-set family/crime saga was a critical success for the director, who is known for his genre bending narratives and politically/socially themed films. Among its awards include Best Film in the Singapore Film Festival and the local critics' board Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP).
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