Four years after winning the Golden Lion in 2016 for The Woman Who Left, Lav Diaz is back in Venice with yet another story of marginalization shot in vivid black and white and reflecting on the notions of “human” and “humanity”.
LAV DIAZ (Cotabato, Mindanao, The Philippines, 1958) is a director, screenwriter and cinematographer, as well as one of the most influential filmmakers in Filipino cinema. In 2007, his feature film DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS won a Special Mention in the Orizzonti section at the 64th Venice Film Festival; one year later, his film MELANCHOLIA won the Best Film award in the Orizzonti section. In 2014, his feature film FROM WHAT IS BEFORE won the Golden Leopard in Locarno. He was in competition in Berlin in 2016 with A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY, which won the Alfred Bauer Prize. In 2016 he won the Golden Lion in Venice for THE WOMAN WHO LEFT.