Berlin 2016 – Competition
Berlin 2016 – Winner – Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize (for a feature film that opens new perspectives)
Andrés Bonifacio is regarded as the father of the 1896-97 Philippine Revolution against Spain. His widow searches deeper into the jungle for her husband’s missing body. The Spanish governor tries to play off the various rebel factions and their utopian visions against each other. As the suffering and death toll rise, the ballad "Jocelynang Baliwag" becomes the hymn of the insurgents. Facts and legend collide for a vibrant sense of history...
An historical 8-hour opus in stunning B&W from Lav Diaz, acclaimed director of FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (Locarno Golden Leopard), NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (Cannes UCR) and MELANCHOLIA (Venice Horizons Grand Prize).
John LLOYD CRUZ
Alessandra DE ROSSI