Lav Diaz film wins top prize in Venice Film Festival
Congratulations are in order for Ang Babaeng Humayo.
(SPOT.ph) The Lav Diaz-helmed film, Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left), has won the Golden Lion for best film at the Venice Film Festival held on September 10 in Italy. Shot in black-and-white, the movie stars Charo Santos-Concio as a teacher who spent 30 years in jail for a crime she didn't commit.
The Woman Who Left was among 20 films which competed in the 73rd edition of the film festival. It has a running time of almost four hours. It also features John Lloyd Cruz, Shamaine Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, and Michael de Mesa.
BBC News quoted Diaz as saying in his acceptance speech, "This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle, for the struggle of humanity."
Aside from its though-provoking plot, the film had also gotten a lot of buzz because of Santos-Concio, who last appeared in 1999's cinematic incarnation of the telenovela Esperanza.