Lavrente Indico Diaz (born December 30, 1958) is a Filipino filmmaker and former film critic. He is known as one of the key members of the slow cinema movement, having made several of the longest narrative films on record. Although he had been making films since the late 1990s, Diaz didn't attract much public attention outside of the Philippines and the festival circuit until the release of his 2013 film Norte, the End of History, which was entered into the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His three subsequent films have received much critical attention and many awards, with 2014's From What Is Before earning him the Golden Leopard at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival as well as a nomination for the Asian Film Award for Best Director, 2016's A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery competing for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and winning the Alfred Bauer Prize, and 2016's The Woman Who Left competing at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and winning the Golden Lion. His penultimate film (so far), Season of the Devil, competed at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and it won Best Film (Gems Section) at the Cartagena Film Festival.
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Himala: A Dialectic for Our Times
There is a discussion on the classic Filipino film, "Himala", written and directed by Ishmael Bernal.
Taking leave from their jobs at a gold mine, three workers journey to their home village on foot through the spectacular yet unforgiving wilderness of the mythical island of Hugaw. As time passes and ...
A FICUNAM commission for four directors, Liminal seeks to play with poetic affinities between film and music. Moving across aesthetic and generational differences, the film-makers explore this relatio...
Himala: Isang Diyalektika ng Ating Panahon
To this day, Ishmael Bernal's movie Himala is still in our town, in our world. This will be reflected in the broader perspective of the majority, of the surrounding events. Beliefs still lie in the tr...
The Oceans Are the Real Continents
Having Cuba as a background, decadent and in crisis, in a black-and-white lacerated by the Caraibic swinging rain, Alex and Edith, a couple in their 30s, live their love story made of small daily gest...
Blockbuster Where a Giant Monster Destroys a Town
In a village of Cuba devastated after trying to imitate the north american suburb model, a sound recorder tries to tape sounds for an incoming blockbuster about a giant monster that destroys a whole t...
30th anniversaire of FIDMarseille
For the 30th anniversaire of FIDMarseille about thirty directors have done us the honor of offering us some very beautiful short films.
An ex-military sniper who was honorably discharged accepts a mission that will indefinitely change her life in the attempts to make ends meet. It is a quiet character study of when your life’s purpose...
It is the year 2034 AD and Southeast Asia has been in the dark for the last three years, literally, because the sun hasn’t shone as a result of massive volcanic eruptions at the Celebes Sea in 2031. M...
This is a Filipino omnibus film about three different journeys.
The Boy Who Chose the Earth
The boy has something to do in his life, he trains himself and makes plans. Then there is a knock on the door and something pulls away and he literally stays in the rain. Lightning and thunder patter ...
Season of the Devil
In the 70s, a group of militias under the control of the military wreaked havoc in a remote village in the Philippines. The poet/teacher/activist, Hugo Haniway, decided to find out the truth about the...
The Woman Who Left
When someone else confessed to the crime, Horacia was immediately released after spending 30 years in prison. She came to the painful realization that her former lover had set her up. Horacia sees the...
The Day Before the End
In the year 2050, the Philippines braces for the coming of the fiercest storm ever to hit the country. And as the wind and waters start to rage, poets wander the streets.
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
One of the most influential proponents in the struggle against Spanish colonial rule in the Philippines during the late nineteenth century was the man named Andrés Bonifacio y de Castro. He is remembe...
Stories abound in Cebu about a woman rumored to be a murderous monster, but behind the myth is a mother seeking justice.
Singing in Graveyards
Pepe, a 68-year-old impersonator of a Filipino rock legend, lives alone on the borders of reality, imagination and mysticism. One day, he is finally given the chance to open for the rock legend’s conc...
First begun in 2006, WAKE (SUBIC) completes the documentary diptych, FOR EXAMPLE, THE PHILIPPINES, the ﬁrst part of which, VAPOR TRAIL (CLARK) was released in 2010. Collectively this nine-hour essay e...
A news team investigating rumors of aswang killings in a remote barrio are attacked by a group of soldiers, forcing them to run for their lives in the deeps of the forest, where more mystery and dange...
Fragment is an omnibus film celebrating the strength and diversity of South-East Asian independent cinema. Made up of a collage of ten stories, each story distinctively embraces the other's subjectivi...
Salamat sa Alaala
The documentary is a tribute to the National Artist for Cinema, Gerardo de Leon. The music composed by the film director when he was a teenager is what inspired the song. The video begins with a histo...
The Last Pinoy Action King
An intimate and often heartbreaking portrait of one of the Philippines' most beloved screen icons.
An industry veteran is given a chance to produce and star in his own movie. But he quickly finds movie production isn't quite as glamorous as it seems.
Lorna is a sixty year old woman who has failed in so many relationships that she is constantly searching for the right man. She decided to take another stab at moving on and love after living alone fo...
Storm Children, Book One
The Philippines is visited by an average of 20~28 strong typhoons and storms every year. It is the most storm-battered country in the world. Last year, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), considered the stronge...
From What Is Before
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 houses are b...
The Legend of China Doll
A journalist investigates a woman with the name of China Doll. Soon, he discovers his knowledge of her turns out to be dangerous.
Norte, the End of History
A man is wrongly imprisoned for a murder. The murderer is frustrated with his country's apathy and betrayal. When something mysterious and strange starts happening to the convict, he finds life in pri...
Prologue to the Great Desaparecido
The father of the Philippine revolution was executed in 1897. His wife searched for his body in the mountains for 30 days. It was never found.
Venice 70: Future Reloaded
Made for the Venice Film Festival's 70th anniversary, seventy filmmakers made a short film between 60 and 90 seconds long on their interpretation of the future of cinema.
A short film made for "Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded."
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Florentina Hubaldo, CTE
In a rural area, a father forces his daughter into prostitution. Somewhere else, two men embark on a quest for a buried treasure.
Florentina Hubaldo, CTE
A father puts his daughter into prostitution. Two men are looking for a buried treasure.
Jingle lang ang Pahina
Jingle Chordbook Magazine, first published in 1970, promptly taught a generation of Filipinos to play the guitar. Its story also explores how a small independent publication survived the weight of its...
The Great Cinema Party
A group of friends, sharing a passion for cinema, assemble in Corregidor, a small island in Manila Bay that has preserved relics from the Pacific War as its foremost attractions. There, they explore t...
An Investigation on the Night That Won't Forget
Erwin Romulo, the late Alexis Tioseco’s best friend, recalls the events after the critic and his girlfriend’s untimely death in their home in Quezon City. Diaz makes use of one long take to allow Romu...
Colossal explores the complexities of grief and the process of grieving as understood through the myth of a Man as he ventures through shifting landscapes ruminating.
Century of Birthing
An artist struggles to finish his work while a storyline about a cult plays in his head.
Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution
Deliberately structured and less beholden to its narrative, the film is told in three parts, with each part pertaining to each of the three visits of the time-travelling visitor from when the country ...
Woman of the Wind
Says Sister Angela, the woman of the wind: "I’m not just having sex, Father. Yes, there is lust. I'm not a hypocrite. But my main discourse is the purpose of this body. To be very blunt, Father, we on...
Philippine New Wave: This Is Not a Film Movement
Documentary profiling the directors involved in the loose Philippine New Wave filmmaking movement.
Early 20th century Philippines. The sounds of war signal the arrival of the Americans. A mother and son flee to the mountains, hoping for a quiet life. One day, the son discovers a wounded woman in th...
Inspired by a true news account, this is the astounding story of a lone deranged hijacker who has struggled to survive in the chaos of modern Philippine society.
Butterflies Have No Memories
Ferding, Santos and Willy only drink in despair. One day, a Canadian woman’s visit changes everything.
A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and r...
Hong Sang-Soo’s Lost in the Mountains (South Korea, 32min) the visitor is the supremely self-centred Mi-Sook, who drives to Jeonju on impulse to see her classmate Jin-Young – only to discover that her...
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Death in the Land of Encantos
Benjamin Agusan is a hapless native who returns to his hometown to watch the aftermath of a super typhoon. Benjamin lived in Kaluga in Russia for seven years. He used his grant to teach and conduct wo...
Death in the Land of Encantos
A Filipino poet returns home after the typhoon.
20 alternative filmmakers were tasked to present their personal visions of national issues in Imahe Nasyon. Jon and Carol Red, renowned line producers, came up with a challenge for directors to answer...
Todo Todo Teros
Basically an artist is also a terrorist, the protagonist thinks in an unguarded moment. And if he is a terrorist after all, then he might just as well be one. Not an instant product, but an experiment...
Heremias: Book One - The Legend of the Lizard Princess
A wandering peddler separates from his fellow salesman and becomes involved with criminals in the jungle.
The start of the film sets the tone. A tortured man looks as if he will castrate himself. Later he staggers aimlessly and bleeding heavily through the streets of a town that is just waking up. In para...
Evolution of a Filipino Family
An intimate epic made with uncompromising and austere seriousness looks at the collapse and revival of a poor farming clan.
West Side Avenue
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 not only mor...
A terribly cool, hip youth film that throws awareness to the winds of MTV rock and roll, and post Generation- X teenage wasteland fantasies.
Naked Under the Moon
A young woman recalls how her father (a fallen priest), her mother (a woman with a secret past) and her teenage sister returned with her to live in their ancestral home after the family business faile...
Serafin Geronimo: The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion
A lowly farmer whose wife is afflicted with a lingering illness gets involved in kidnapping that goes awry and culminates in tragedy. Years later, he turns to a crusading lady journalist to confess th...
In the beginning of the film, Lailani waits for a plane to Manila. She is going back to the Philippines for the first time in 30 years. She stops in Singapore on her way home. Her interactions with he...
Ricky Lee's short story is the subject of a movie.
Ang Araw ng Itim na Nazareno
There is a plot that isn't known.
When the Waves Are Gone
A re-telling of The Count of Monte Cristo, the film revolves around a prisoner freed after thirty years and embarking on a bloody trail of revenge against his former best friend.
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