An intimate epic made with uncompromising and austere seriousness that patiently and methodically observes the collapse and hopeful revival of a poor farming clan.
We’re launching the first online retrospective of award-winning Filipino auteur Lav Diaz! We begin with his greatest epic, 10 years in the making, exploring Philippine nationhood through a family’s expansive saga. Sourced from rare, at times rough materials, we’ll be debuting a new film each month.
Well, everything is different now. Everything. I took three breaks (totaling about an hour) but I watched it basically in one sitting. I am walking on clouds. I feel like my cells have been altered. The evolution of a family, sure, but such a staggering encapsulation of national identity. My God! I've never experienced anything comparable (and this is my third Lav Diaz). I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I JUST EXPERIENCED!
The work of Lav Diaz is exceptionial. In the beginning the slowness of his narration may be unusual, but if you get accustomed with this tempo the act of watching becomes a kind of addiction and you don't realize how the time passes by.