From What Is Before

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From What Is Before
Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (poster).jpg
Directed byLav Diaz
Produced byLav Diaz
  • Perry Dizon
  • Roeder
  • Hazel Orencio
  • Karenina Haniel
  • Mailes Kanapi
CinematographyLav Diaz
Edited byLav Diaz
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
Release date
Running time
338 minutes

From What Is Before (Filipino: Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon) is a 2014 Filipino drama film directed by Lav Diaz. The film follows a remote town in the Philippines during the 1970s under the Marcos dictatorship. The film had its world premiere in the Philippines on 3 July 2014, and competed at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival where it won the main prize, the Golden Leopard.[1]

The film also had its North American premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, under the Wavelengths section.[citation needed] In addition, the film had its Philippine screening for free at 21 September 2014.[citation needed] The film had its U.S. premiere, as part of the World Cinema section, at the 2014 AFI Fest.[citation needed]


The Philippines, 1972. Mysterious things are happening in a remote barrio. Wails are heard from the forest, cows are hacked to death, a man is found bleeding to death at the crossroad and houses are burned. Ferdinand E. Marcos announces Proclamation No. 1081 putting the entire country under Martial Law.

Everything became a mess when the Armed Forces of the Philippines decided to camp in the barrio. Or was it already messed up before?


  • Perry Dizon as Sito
  • Roeder as Tony
  • Hazel Orencio as Itang
  • Karenina Haniel as Joselina
  • Reynan Abcede as Hakob
  • Mailes Kanapi as Heding


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator gives the film an approval rating of 88% based on 8 reviews, with a weighted average of 7/10.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Category Recipient Result
2014 Locarno Film Festival Golden Leopard for Best Film From What Is Before Won
2015 38th Gawad Urian Awards Best Film From What Is Before Won
Best Direction Lav Diaz Won
Best Screenplay Won
Best Editing Won
Best Production Design Perry Dizon Nominated
Best Sound Marc Locsin Nominated
Best Actress Hazel Orencio Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Roeder Camañag Nominated
Noel Sto. Domingo Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Karenina Haiel Nominated


  1. ^ "Lav Diaz's epic 'Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon' wins top prize at Locarno fest". Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  2. ^ "From What Is Before (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes.

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