Lav Diaz movie nabs top Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival

Sep 10, 2016
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Director Lav Diaz's 'Ang Babaeng Humayo' ('The Woman Who Left') won the top Golden Lion trophy at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.

"This is for my country, for the Filipino people; for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” said Diaz, during his acceptance speech.

The other winners from the festival include Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals' (Jury Grand Prize), 'The Bad Batch' (Special Jury Prize), and a tie between Andre Konchalovsy ('Paradise') and Amat Escalante ('The Untamed') for Best Director. Audience favorite 'The La La Land' went on to win only Best Actress for Emma Stone.

'Ang Babaeng Humayo' revolves around Horacia Somorostro (Charo Santos - Concio), a woman whose life has become an imprisonment with all its spins and randomness that made it very difficult, vicious, and inexplicable. 

This is Diaz's second feature film this year, the first being 'A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery', which won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

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