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Directed by Lav Diaz
Produced by Celso De Guzman
Written by Lav Diaz
Starring Ronnie Lazaro
Music by Earl Drilon
Cinematography Tamara Benitez
Edited by Lia Martinez
Language Filipino, Tagalog

Heremias, also Unang aklat: Ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak, is a 2006 Filipino indie crime drama film directed and written by Lav Diaz. It stars Ronnie Lazaro, Jordan and Sid Lucero as a bad cop.[1] The 9-hour digital film (540-minutes) [2] was produced by Celso De Guzman, with principal cinematography by Tamara Benitez, and was shot in Pililla, Rizal, Luzon. The film is "the story of a farmer (Ronnie Lazaro) who makes a pact with God to save a girl from rape."[3]



At the Fribourg International Film Festival Lav Diaz won the Special Jury Award and was nominated for the Grand Prix Award.[2] Discussing Heremias, a reviewer was impressed by the work of Tamara Benitez, calling her "so young and so talented".[4]


  1. ^ "GOING FOR THE BIG TIME". The Manila Times via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 26 September 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "National Day of Switzerland.(Opinion & Editorial)". Manila Bulletin via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 1 August 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Digital films gaining notice". Filipino Reporter via HighBeam Research (subscription required). 16 February 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "I survived Lav Diaz’s Heremias (2006)". Rough Groove. November 16, 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2012. 

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