Lavrente Indico Diaz is a multi-awarded independent filmmaker who was born on December 30, 1958 and raised in Cotabato,Mindanao. He works as director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, composer, production designer and actor all at once. He is especially notable for the length of his films, some of which run for up to eleven hours. His eight-hour Melancholia, a story about victims of summary executions, won the Grand Prize-Orizzonti award at the Venice Film Festival 2008. His work Death in the Land of Encantos also competed and represented the country at the Venice Film Festival documentary category in 2007. It was granted a Special Mention-Orizzonti. The Venice Film Festival calls him “the ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema”.
Diaz says that he usually writes his scripts while shooting, letting his creative instincts take over and allowing the story to evolve as filming progresses. He tends not to follow industry conventions, such… read more
A profound piece. The film draws you in from the beginning and doesn't let you go anymore, sometimes even grabbing you by the throat. Similar to Melancholia Encantos is multi-faceted and complex. It's a telling piece about the situation in the Philippines. I felt this film to be very rewarding, and indeed thought provoking. I will certainly think about Encantos for a while yet!
STOP EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS! STOP KIDNAPPING MILITANT ACTIVISTS! Free the Nation!
If there was one film that I felt truly represented my country, this would be it. I wished I could have seen it in one 9 hour sitting, but alas, human needs, and life, intervened. The pain and sorrow I feel when I just stop and think about being a Filipino is captured in this film; we often sit around, recognize, and talk about these problems, but rarely do anything about them, because sometimes we realize we can't.