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From What is Before

Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon

Regissert av Lav Diaz
Filippinene, 2014
Drama
  • Tagalog
  • Engelsk
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Synopsis

Filippinene, 1972. Mystiske ting skjer i et avsidesliggende barrio. Hyling høres fra skogen, kuer er hakket i hjel, en mann har blødd i hjel i veikrysset og husene er brente.

Vår mening

Lavs Gulleopard-vinner i Locarno er et episk minne om en overgangsperiode som markerte den traumatiske tiden med Ferdinand Marcos styre. Filmens struktur utfolder seg sakte, blir mer og mer kompleks, politisk og følelsesladd i løpet av en spilletid på fem og en halv time.

From What is Before Regissert av Lav Diaz
What Diaz is attempting here is a complicated mixture of nostalgia and distance: the black-and-white cinematography delineates an idea of past-ness even as the focus on simple, even banal interactions works against any sense of historical embellishment. The trick is that Diaz doesn’t idealise the modest, agrarian lifestyle on display so much as insist on its authenticity – this is how people lived in the Philippines, not so long ago.
May 12, 2015
Les hele artikkelen
Diaz’s mise en scène and temporal strategies must be theorized as weapons in the struggle for the emancipation of his people. Utopic as it may sound, in From What Is Before as in all his other independently-produced works, Diaz has been trying to destroy time as a commodity and as an instrument of control, thus reclaiming Filipino people’s ancestral Malay identity.
October 17, 2014
Les hele artikkelen
In terms of the competition awards winners, a well-deserved Golden Leopard (Pardo d’ore) went to Lav Diaz’s From What Is Before (Mula sa kung ano ang noon), a visually stunning, emotionally arresting, politically pointed five-hour-and-forty-minute exploration of rural life and its decline in early 1970s Philippines.
October 06, 2014
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