Director Lav Diaz says Meryl Streep was all praises for Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis

He also urges Pinoys to confront our history.

Photo via Paul Soriano's Instagram account


( Acclaimed film director Lav Diaz dropped by Tonight with Boy Abunda last night, March 2, to talk about his eight-hour historical epic, Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis. The film recently won the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival held in February, where Meryl Streep served as head of the jury.



"She was telling me that while watching the film, she thought of the old days of watching cinema where they had patience...time. Ngayon daw nagmamadali na lahat," he said. "She said that it was very, very nostalgic and sad. She loved the film. And she wants to watch it again in the U.S."


More than that, the director urged Filipinos to examine our history and culture. "We don't talk about it, but we have to confront it. We have to confront the past, examine the past, history," he explained. "We have this beautiful history. Ang ganda ng kasaysayan natin. May pinaglaban ang mga bayani natin. Harapin natin at yakapin natin ito and we can be a beautiful nation one day."



In the interview, Diaz was joined by the film's producer, Paul Soriano, who said that he took on the project to learn from the former. "What an opportunity for a young filmmaker to put himself on the side of a great storyteller, and for me to pick his brain and bring it into my cinema, to learn from him," he said.


The film, which revolves around Andres Bonifacio and the Philippine revolution, stars John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Alessandra de Rossi, Cherie Gil, and more. A local screening of the film is expected to be announced soon.

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