Lav Diaz, Melancholia, 2008. © the artist

Lav Diaz, Melancholia, 2008. © the artist

Lav Diaz, Melancholia, 2008. © the artist

Lav Diaz, Melancholia, 2008. © the artist

Slow Cinema Weekend, Star and Shadow Cinema, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Slow Cinema Weekend, Star and Shadow Cinema, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Lav Diaz Portrait, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Lav Diaz Portrait, 2012. Photo: Lav Diaz. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Three strangers arrive in rural Sagada. Past revolutionaries, they adopt different identities to manage their trauma. Exploring the legacy of failed revolution and military oppression this 8-hour intimate epic is Lav Diaz’s most complex and moving film. Winner of the Orizzonti Prize at the Venice Film Festival, 2008, Melancholia is a powerful work about political defeat and human loss. 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, 480mins + refreshments, 2008 

Biography
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.

Credit
Curated by George Clark and AV Festival 12. UK Premiere.