Internationally acclaimed Filipino independent filmmaker Lav Diaz’ film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (“The Woman Who Left”) won the prestigious Golden Lion for Best Film, the highest honor given at the 73rd Venice Film Festival last Saturday (Sep 10).
“This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” said Diaz in his acceptance speech.
Produced by ABS-CBN’s Cinema One Originals and Diaz’ Sine Olivia, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” tells the story of Horacia (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being convicted for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.
This is the first time the Philippines won in the Venice Film Festival, which is considered one of most prestigious in the world like the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival.
Variety’s film critic Guy Lodge, in a review, said “The latest supersized opus from Filipino maximalist Lav Diaz is a powerful and, by his standards, refreshingly contained moral study.”
“Ang Babaeng Humayo” also marks the movie comeback of former ABS-CBN president and now chief content officer Charo Santos, who also earned positive reviews from critics for her role in the nearly four-hour long film.
In an article written by Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter, Charo was praised for her “majestic” and “sturdy” performance. Variety’s Lodge, meanwhile, tweeted “Woman Who Left star Charo Santos is the real Oscar frontrunner.”
The movie also stars award-winning actor John Lloyd Cruz in another must-see and daring performance.
Lav, Charo, John Lloyd, and Cinema One head Ronald Arguelles represented the country at the Venice Film Festival and attended various functions such as press conference, red carpet premiere, and the awards gala.
Also part of the cast are Michael de Mesa, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, Marj Lorico, Mayen Estanero, Romelyn Sale, Lao Rodriguez, Jean Judith Javier, Mae Paner, and Kakai Bautista.
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“ANG BABAENG HUMAYO” NI LAV DIAZ, WAGI NG GOLDEN LION FOR BEST FILM SA 73RD VENICE FILM FEST
Panalo ng Golden Lion for Best Film ang pelikulang “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (“The Woman Who Left”) ni Lav Diaz sa ginanap na 73rd Venice Film Festival awards night noong Sabado (Sep 10).
“This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” sabi ni Diaz sa kanyang acceptance speech.
Sa ilalim ng produksyon ng Cinema One Originals ng ABS-CBN at Sine Olivia ni Lav, tampok sa “Ang Babaeng Humayo” ang kwento ni Horacia (Charo Santos), isang babaeng naghahanap ng paghihiganti matapos siyang makulong ng mahabang panahon para sa isang krimeng hindi niya ginawa.
Ito ang pinakaunang beses na nagwagi ang Pilipinas sa Venice Film Festival na itinuturing na isa sa pinakaprestihiyoso sa mundo katulad ng Cannes Film Festival at Berlin Film Festival.
Ayon sa film critic ng Variety na si Guy Lodge, ang pelikula ni Lav ay “powerful” at isang “refreshingly contained moral study.”
Minarkahan din ng “Ang Babaeng Humayo” ang pagbabalik pelikula ni former ABS-CBN president at ngayon chief content officer na si Charo Santos na umani rin ng papuri sa kanyang pagganap sa halos mag-aapat na oras na pelikula.
Sabi ni Clarence Tsui ng The Hollywood Reporter, ang performance ni Charo ay “majestic” at “sturdy.” Tweet naman ni Guy ng Variety na si Charo raw ay ang tunay na Oscan frontrunner.
Kasama rin sa pelikula ang award-winning na aktor na si John Lloyd Cruz sa isa na namang mapangahas at hindi malilimutang papel.
Sina Lav, Charo, John Lloyd, at Cinema One head Ronald Arguelles ang kumatawan sa bansa sa Venice Film Festival sa iba’t ibang functions tulad ng press conference, red carpet premiere, at awards gala.
Kasama rin sa cast ng “Ang Babaeng Humayo” sina Michael de Mesa, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, Marj Lorico, Mayen Estanero, Romelyn Sale, Lao Rodriguez, Jean Judith Javier, Mae Paner, at Kakai Bautista.
About Cinema One and Cinema One Originals:
Cinema One Originals is an annual film festival spearheaded by Cinema One channel. It is now the longest running film festival in the country that produces its own content. Cinema One is the number one movie cable channel in the country. It is owned and operated by Creative Programs, Inc. a subsidiary of the media and entertainment company, ABS-CBN Corporation.
About ABS-CBN Corporation
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation is the leading Philippine information and entertainment media conglomerate. In the Philippines, ABS-CBN produces a wide variety of engaging world-class entertainment programs in multiple genres and balanced credible news programs that are aired on free-to-air TV via Channels 2 (VHF) and 23 (UHF) and a regional network of TV and radio stations nationwide. It also provides news and entertainment programming for nine channels on cable TV. The Company owns the leading film and music production and distribution outfit in the Philippines, and has interests in cable TV, mobile and Internet multimedia services, and glossy-magazine publishing. It brings its content to worldwide audiences via cable, satellite and the Internet, primarily through ABS-CBN Global’s The Filipino Channel (TFC).