World Cinema Masters in Conversation


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  • Led by AFI FEST programmers, this conversation will discuss the filmmaker and his work.

    ABOUT THE WOMAN WHO LEFTWinner of the Golden Lion at this year's Venice Film Festival, THE WOMAN WHO LEFT is the latest grand vision from renowned Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz. The film opens in a rural women's prison, where Horacia, an older inmate, teaches language to her fellow prisoners. That is, until Horacia is called to the warden's office one day, where she is told that her conviction was recently proven a frame job, and is immediately freed. Returning to her hometown after a three-decade-long absence, Horacia plots revenge on those who set her up and stole years of her life. But even with vengeance on her mind, she also strongly yearns to reconnect with her family, and to somehow get back the life she once had. Family, class and religion are all explored with the restraint, intimacy and emotional heft that only Diaz can conjure. 

  • Born in the Philippines, Lav Diaz works as a director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, composer, production designer and actor. Known for the daring length of his films, some of which run up to 11 hours, Diaz made his feature debut with THE CRIMINAL OF BARRIO CONCEPCION in 1998. His subsequent features include EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY (2004); CENTURY OF BIRTHING (2011); NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (2013); FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (AFI FEST 2014), winner of the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival; and A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY (2016).

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