(SPOT.ph) Acclaimed Filipino director Lav Diaz's new offering has joined this year's Venice Film Festival lineup. His new film, Ang Babaeng Humayo (or The Woman Who Left) is part of the festival's main competition, which runs from August 31 to September 10.
Ang Babaeng Humayo stars Charo Santos (her first film since 1995) as Horacia, a woman who has spent most of her life in prison. It also features a star-studded cast that includes John Lloyd Cruz, Shamaine Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, Michael de Mesa, and more. It was reportedly inspired by Leo Tolstoy's short story, God Sees The Truth, But Waits, about a man who was imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit.
The film is almost four hours long, and will be competing against 19 other films from around the world, including Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge (starring Andrew Garfield), Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals (starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams), Derek Cianfrance's The Light Between Oceans (starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander), and Damien Chazelle's La La Land (starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling).
A trailer for Ang Babaeng Humayo has yet to be released.