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MUBI est fier de présenter la première rétrospective mondiale en ligne du réalisateur philippin Lav Diaz, grand gagnant de la Mostra de Venise cette année mais aussi de l’Ours d’Argent berlinois et du Léopard d’Or de Locarno. Ses impressionnantes sagas de l’histoire contemporaine et tumultueuse des Philippines, ainsi que les êtres affligés mais portés par une volonté de fer qui les peuplent, prennent des dimensions épiques mais demeurent intimes et sans détour. En questionnant la narration et la manière dont le cinéma offre son et image aux histoires et voix non-entendues, il prouve son style unique de réalisation. Pour offrir à notre public le temps nécessaire à l’immersion dans le cinéma de Lav, MUBI vous proposera un nouveau film chaque mois durant l’ensemble de cette rétrospective sur une année entière.

From What is Before

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2014

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.

Century of Birthing

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2011

An artist struggles to finish his work. A storyline about a cult plays in his head: Fundamentalism will destroy the world. The artist’s muse is endangered by his process. Will he redeem her, in the end?

Storm Children, Book One

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2014

The Philippines is the most storm-battered country in the world. In 2013 Typhoon Yolanda, considered the strongest storm in history, struck the Philippines, leaving in its path apocalyptic devastation. A few months later, Lav Diaz visited Tacloban Island to film children lives in the aftermath.

Florentina Hubaldo, CTE

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2012

A chronicle of the struggles of a young woman held captive by her father and forced into prostitution in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Her story eventually intersects with that of a farmer and his dying wife, as well as that of two treasure seekers from the city.

An Investigation on the Night that Won’t Forget

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2012

Erwin Romulo, the best friend of the late film critic Alexis Tioseco, recalls the events after the critic and his girlfriend Nika Bohinc’s murder during a buglary in their home in Quezon City. Lav Diaz makes use of one long take to allow Romulo an uninterrupted narration of the events.

Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2011

A woman from the end of the 19th century visits modern day Philippines and observes three interwoven stories: that of a prostitute, a group of criminals and a musician.


Lav Diaz Philippines, 2008

An eight-hour meditation on the maddening persistence of sadness in this world, divided into three parts following a prostitute, a pimp and a nun who wander the countryside.

Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess)

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2006

The odyssey of one man from his village to the city and back; more, it’s his journey from a state of absolute innocence to knowledge, disillusionment, guilt.

Evolution of a Filipino Family

Lav Diaz Philippines, 2005

An intimate epic made with uncompromising and austere seriousness that patiently and methodically observes the collapse and hopeful revival of a poor farming clan.

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