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Friday, June 26, 2015

Lav Diaz's Award-Winning Epic "Mula sa Kung Ano and Noon" at the FDCP Cinematheque this Sunday

This sunday, June 28, 2015 (1:00 PM), the FDCP Cinematheque will bring us a one-time screening of Lav Diaz's five-hour award winning epic "Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon" this screening is part of the World Premieres Film Festival featured by the Film Development Council of the Philippines for this week. Admission is only P 100. The FDCP Cinematheque is located at the B&C Square Building, Solis Street, Iloilo City (near BPI and East West Bank). The Cinematheque is Iloilo's home of quality indie films and art films from the local and international cinema. [hit the jump to continue]

"Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon" retitled "What Is Before" for international screening, competed at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival where it won the main prize, the Golden Leopard. This was the first Filipino film ever to be included in the main competition of the Locarno Film Festival and ever to win the Golden Leopard. The film also had its North American premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, under the Wavelengths section. It was also included in the BFI's (British Film Institute's) London Film Festival, on its “Dare” section—a collection of in-your-face, up-front and arresting [films] that take you out of your comfort zone … challenging the cinematic form and our ways of watching. The film was a grand slam at the recent 2015 Gawad Urian Awards, winning four major awards with Best Picture, and a Best Editing, Best Screenplay, and Best Director for Lav Diaz.

The film was written and directed by Lav Diaz, and stars Perry Dizon, Roeder CamaƱag, Hazel Orencio, Angelina Kanapi, Karenina Haniel, Reynan Abcede. The film's story is set in the early 1970's Philippines, when the country was under the Marcos dictatorship. 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 burned. Its story centers in a small village in the Philippines during the three-year run-up to when Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law in 1972. The film reflects on the passing of a simpler epoch — complete with its emphasis on traditional rituals, relationships and values — and articulates an indictment of the emerging cynicism that would define a generation of go-getters holding the reins of power in the subsequent decades.

"Mula sa kung Ano and Noon" is said to be a return to the aesthetics the filmmaker has made his own: It's filmed in beautiful black-and-white, has a static but meticulously designed mise-en-scene and clocks in at over five hours, and it is his most overtly political film yet. The film is also said to be the product of a bare-bones crew, some of whom also play important parts in the film.

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