Lav Diaz

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Lav Diaz
Born Lavrente Indico Diaz
(1958-12-30) December 30, 1958 (age 55)
Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines
Occupation Director, Producer, Writer, Editor

Lav Diaz or Lavrente Indico Diaz is an acclaimed Filipino independent filmmaker, born in Datu Paglas, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines, on December 30, 1958.[1]

He has won several international awards such as the award for Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Brussels and Gawad Urian in 2002 and Netpac Jury Prize and Best Acting Ensemble (2001 Cinemanila International Film Festival) for his film Batang West Side (including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Music, Best Sound at the Urian), in Gawad Urian in 2005 for the film Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family), and Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for Heremias, Book One.

His films often tackle the issues regarding the current social and political state of the Philippines. His film Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos), the Closing Film of the orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2007, was awarded with a Golden Lion Special Mention. Death in the Land of Encantos was also in competition at the Artistic Innovation Award (Visions) of the Toronto International Film Festival 2007. He received several awards at the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His film Melancholia won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008. In January 2011 he joined the Board of Directors for Cine Foundation International.[2]

He went back in 2011 at the Venice International Film Festival for his film "Siglo ng Pagluluwal" (Century of Birthing)[3] and which earned the Grand Jury Prize at the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival.[4] The following year, his film Florentina Hubaldo, CTE won Best Asian Film at the Jeonju International Film Festival[5] and gained the On-Screen Award at the Images Festival.[6]

His 2013 film Norte, The End of History was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[7] He received the Golden Leopard at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival for From What Is Before.


Year Original Title English Title Notes
1998 Serafin Geronimo: Kriminal ng Barrio Concepcion The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion
1999 Burger Boys
Hubad sa Ilalim ng Buwan Naked Under the Moon
2001 Batang West Side West Side Kid NETPAC Award - Cinemanila International Film Festival
2002 Hesus, Rebolusyunaryo Jesus, Revolutionary
2004 Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino Evolution of a Filipino Family
2006 Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess)
2007 Kagadanan Sa Banwaan Ning Mga Engkanto Death in the Land of Encantos NETPAC Award - Jeonju International Film Festival
2008 Melancholia Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival
2009 Walang Alaala ang mga Paru-Paro Butterflies Have No Memories
2011 Babae ng Hangin Woman of the Wind
Siglo ng Pagluluwal Century of Birthing Grand Jury Prize - Cinemanila International Film Festival
Elehiya sa Dumalaw Mula sa Himagsikan Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution
2012 Florentina Hubaldo, CTE NETPAC Award - Jeonju International Film Festival
2013 Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan Norte, the End of History Entered in the Un Certain Regard section of 2013 Cannes Film Festival
Will be shown in the Masters section of 2013 Toronto International Film Festival
Part of the main slate of 2013 New York Film Festival
The Philippines' Official Entry to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards.
2014 Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon From What Is Before Golden LeopardLocarno International Film Festival
2014 Mga Anak ng Unos Storm Children


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