24.9. - 3.10.2020

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

Lav Diaz

LAV DIAZ (*1958) is one of today’s most influential film-makers. His films, known for their length and unique style, have won prizes in Venice, Locarno and Berlin. FILMFEST HAMBURG showed his films From What Is Before (FF2014) and The Woman Who Left (FF2016).

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.
Orig. Title: Mula sa kung ano ang noon
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
Original language:
Section: Asia Express
Director: Lav Diaz
Screenplay: Lav Diaz
Cast: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camañag, Hazel Orencio, Mailes Kanapi, Karenina Haniel, Liryc Dela Cruz
Producer: Lav Diaz
Sprachfassung: OV with English subtitles
Director of Photography: Lav Diaz
Production Design: Perry Dizon
Editor: Lav Diaz
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: sine olivia pilipinas
Production: sine olivia pilipinas; Film Development Council of the Philippines
Contact: sine olivia pilipinas:


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