30.09. - 09.10.2021

From What is Before Philippines 2014 | 338 min | OV with English subtitles | Black & White | FF 2014

Lav Diaz

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«.

rated for 0 + years
In 1972, Präsident Marcos proclaimed martial law in the Philippines and introduced a terrible 14-year period of military dictatorship. Years previously, the portents in Lav Diaz’ village drama already seem to point to this conclusion: cows are massacred, screams are heard coming from the forest and huts burn down. The spiritual order of the community seems to be out of control and the outsiders who come to the villages seem to make matters worse, not better. In brilliant black and white images, slowly and inexorably a catastrophe unfolds that will bring with it the end of an entire culture. This five-and-a-half hour downwards spiral earns the viewer's attention with every passing minute and was awarded the Golden Leopard in Locarno.
Original title: Mula sa kung ano ang noon
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language:
Section: Asia Express
Language and subtitles: OV with English subtitles
Director: Lav Diaz
Screenplay: Lav Diaz
Cast: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camañag, Hazel Orencio, Mailes Kanapi, Karenina Haniel, Liryc Dela Cruz
Producer: Lav Diaz
Director of Photography: Lav Diaz
Production Design: Perry Dizon
Editor: Lav Diaz
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: sine olivia pilipinas
Production: sine olivia pilipinas; Film Development Council of the Philippines
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