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The Woman Who Left

OT: Ang Babaeng Humayo

Lav Diaz // Philippines, 2016
Fiction Feature // FF2016



It’s 1997 and Horacia has been in jail for murder for the last 30 years. Then new evidence turns up that proves her innocence – and the guilt of her rich lover from her youth. Horacia is a free woman, but the decades behind bars have robbed her of everything. What remains is cold fury at the man who put her there. He is now even better off than before, but for fear of kidnapping barricades himself in his huge house. In the shadow of these walls, Horacia comes to know other creatures of the night: a transsexual prostitute, a homeless man plagued by demons and a hunch-backed seller of eggs. While they all become friends, Horacia waits patiently for an opportunity for revenge. Lav Diaz has created a visually stunning, archaic and deeply human drama about guilt and solidarity, absolution and revenge.


LAV DIAZ (*1958 on Mindanao, Philippines) is one of the most influential film-makers of today. Well-known for their long running times and unique style, his works have won prizes at festivals in Venice, Locarno and Berlin. FILMFEST HAMBURG has shown numerous of his films and in 2019 he was a guest in the section »Gegenwartskino im Fokus«.



Ang Babaeng Humayo

Fiction Feature

Asia Express//FF2016



228 min

OV with English subtitles

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz

Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Nonie Buencamino

Ronald Arguelles, Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz

Lav Diaz

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