Norte, the End of History

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Norte, the End of History
Norte, the End of History 2013.jpg
Philippine theatrical release poster
Directed by Lav Diaz
Produced by Moira Lang
(Raymond Lee)
Written by Lav Diaz
Rody Vera
Story by Rody Vera
Michiko Yamamoto
Raymond Lee
Music by Perry Dizon
Cinematography Lauro Rene Manda
Edited by Lav Diaz
Kayan Productions, Origin8 Media
Release dates
  • 23 May 2013 (2013-05-23) (Cannes)
  • 10 September 2014 (2014-09-10) (Philippines)
Running time 250 minutes[1]
Country Philippines
Language Tagalog

Norte, the End of History (Tagalog: Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan) is a 2013 Filipino drama film directed by Lav Diaz which explores themes of crime, class, and family. The film lasts for more than four hours.

Screened at the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival,[2] as well as the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the main slate of 2013 New York Film Festival, and the Masters section of the 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival,[3] the film has received wide acclaim for its riveting storytelling and unique cinematography. The film also won four awards including Best Picture and Best Actress at the 2014 Gawad Urian Awards.[4]

The film had a limited release in the Philippines on 11 March 2014 and will have its wide theatrical release on 10 September 2014.


The lives of three people take a turn when one of them commits a crime.

Joaquin (Archie Alemania) is failing miserably at providing for his family when his money lender gets murdered. The crime is pinned on him. Misery and solitude transform him in prison.

Left to fend for the family, his wife Eliza (Angeli Bayani) pours all of her strength to battling with despair and eking out a living for their children.

The real perpetrator, Fabian (Sid Lucero), roams free. His disillusionment with his country—its history of revolutions marred by betrayal and crimes unpunished—drives him to the edge of sanity.[5]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Category Recipient Result
2013 Cannes Film Festival Prix Un Certain Regard Norte, the End of History Nominated
Cinemanila International Film Festival (Best Film) Lino Brocka Award Nominated
Best Director Award Lav Diaz Won
International Cinephile Society Awards Best Picture not released in 2013 Norte, the End of History Won
Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Award Won
2014 Gawad Urian Awards Best Picture Won
Best Actor Sid Lucero Nominated
Best Actress Angeli Bayani Won
Best Supporting Actor Archie Alemania Nominated
Best Director Lav Diaz Nominated
Best Screenplay Lav Diaz and Rody Vera Won
Best Cinematography Lauro Manda Won
Best Music Perry Dizon Nominated
Best Editing Lav Diaz Nominated
Best Sound Corinne de San Jose Nominated


  1. ^ "Norte, the End of History". MSP Film Society. The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 30 April 2013. Retrieved 30 April 2013. 
  3. ^ cite web|url=
  4. ^ "Urian Awards 2014". Gawad Urian. 18 June 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Official Facebook Page Info". Retrieved 13 May 2014. 

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