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From What is Before

Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon

Directed by Lav Diaz
Philippines, 2014
  • Tagalog
  • English


The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned.

Our take

Lav’s Golden Leopard winner in Locarno is an epic remembrance of a period of transition that marked the traumatic time of dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ rule. The film’s structure unfurls with slow power, growing increasingly complex, political, and emotional over its five-and-a-half hour story.

From What is Before Directed by Lav Diaz

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2014 | 5 wins including: Don Quixote Award

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2014 | Nominee: Best Undistributed Film

São Paulo International Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Best Foreign Feature Film (Audience Award)

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