Heremias Book II introduces one of Lav Diaz's principle characters, the timid yet resolute craftsman and vendor Heremias. The film cuts between the story of the boy Heremias growing up in isolation in a leprosy colony and the adult Heremias who returns to the island of his childhood. As critic May Adadol Ingawanij has argued: "Nowhere more powerfully than the closing minutes of Heremias Book II does cinema show how much it can do, with so little." 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.
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
Fri 9 March 2012, 9.30pm-11pm
Newcastle NE1 2NP