Stories about a Christian religious cult and a self-involved filmmaker, are brilliantly intertwined in Lav Diaz's newest film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, 2011. Century of Birthing also weaves different types of filmmaking together (documentary, fiction, film-within-a-film) to create a profound 21st-century exploration of the value of art, belief and commitment. Lav Diaz was present throughout the weekend to discuss his work with curator George Clark and critic May Adadol Ingawanij.
Internationally celebrated as “the ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema”. Diaz has created one of the most compelling bodies of work in contemporary cinema. Peopled by outsiders – failed revolutionaries, filmmakers, artists, criminals and cult members – his work explores society from the margins and the traumatic post-colonial history of South-East Asia. Using extreme duration, it offers a deeply rewarding, immersive and unique experience.
Dir.Lav Diaz, 360mins, 2011
Lav Diaz was born in Datu Paglas, Philippines. Since 1998 he has directed twelve films, and won several international awards. His 2002 film Batang West Side won Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, plus awards at the Independent Film Festival of Brussels, Gawad Urian, and Cinemanila International Film Festival. He also received a Gawad Urian for his 2005 film Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family) and Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for Heremias, Book One. His film Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos), was the closing film of the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2007, and was awarded a Golden Lion Special Mention. His 2008 film Melancholia won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008, and his most recent film Florentina Hubaldo, CTE has received Best Film at Images Festival, Toronto and Jeonju International Film Festival in 2012. In 2010 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2011 joined the Board of Directors for Cine Foundation International.
Curated by George Clark and AV Festival 12. UK Premiere.
£5 / £3.50
Sun 11 March 2012, 1pm-7.30pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP