MUBI Announces Exclusive One Year Online Retrospective For Venice Film Festival Top Prize Winner LAV DIAZ
Curated film streaming service MUBI has announced that it will play host to an exclusive one year retrospective of the films of acclaimed Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz starting on Saturday 8th October 2016, entitled IT’S ABOUT TIME.
Lav Diaz, who recently won the prestigious Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival 2016 for his film The Woman Who Left, is renowned for making some of the most epic narrative films on record, sprawling, beautifully shot sagas which explore the political and social conditions of the Philippines with a bold, uncompromising vision.
The retrospective, IT’S ABOUT TIME will be globally presented on the service, showing a new film from the director’s filmography each month chronologically. A series of upcoming special events will also take place to mark the retrospective. The films will be:
EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY (2005)
ELEGY TO THE VISITOR FROM THE REVOLUTION (2011)
CENTURY OF BIRTHING (2011)
FLORENTINA HUBALDO, CTE (2012)
AN INVESTIGATION ON THE NIGHT THAT WON'T FORGET (2012)
FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (2014)
STORM CHILDREN (2014)
THE DAY BEFORE THE END (Short, 2016)
In addition, the film NORTE THE END OF HISTORY (2013) will be showing on MUBI UK.
MUBI founder Efe Cakarel has said "We're tremendously excited to host a retrospective dedicated to Lav Diaz’s career featuring films that are nearly impossible to see outside of film festivals. With Lav winning an astounding three festival prizes this year, we feel it is more important than ever to provide access for audiences around the world to these extraordinary films and a unique and utterly vital voice in today's cinema."
Lav Diaz said "MUBI’s forum for cinema is really commendable. I see it as a movement that pushes cinema to greater boundaries. And for a filmmaker like me, that really provides an impetus, an encouragement that’s genuinely needed. I feel that I am part of that greater discourse. Salamat for the Retrospective."
LAV DIAZ was born in 1958 and has been making films since the late 1990s. His 2013 film Norte, the End of History, received acclaim when it was entered into Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His three subsequent films have also received much critical attention and 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. His film A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery competed for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Alfred Bauer Prize. The Woman Who Left competing at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and won the Golden Lion. He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010 and the Prince Claus Award of The Netherlands in 2014.
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