The schedule has finally been published and I’m happy to list the dates of the Cinematek’s Lav Diaz retrospective here, starting in mid-September and lasting until the end of November. Diaz’s films will be shown in chronological order, starting with is more commercial Naked under the Moon and ending with his Yolanda documentary Storm Children Book I. In connection to this retrospective, the Cinematek also shows a few other Filipino films in order to contextualise Diaz appropriately. I will also be involved in the Lav Diaz symposium at the University of Antwerp at which Michael Guarneri and I will give a lecture, followed by a screening of Storm Children and a roundtable discussion with Diaz.
Here are the dates for you:
10 September, 19.30 – A conversation between me and Tom Paulus from the University of Antwerp about Lav Diaz and his filmmaking. We will explore film aesthetics, Slow Cinema and Philippine Cinema in a bit more detail. The talk is followed by the screening of Diaz’s Naked Under the Moon at 21.30.
12 September, 17.30 – Batang West Side (2001), 315min
16 September, 18.00 – Hesus, Rebolusyanaryo (2002), 112min
20 September, 10.00 – Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004) [this film is cut into two parts and will give the viewer an hour’s break|, 593min
27 September, 13.00 – Heremias, Book I (2006), 540min
18 October, 13.00 – Death in the Land of Encantos (2009), 540min
25 October, 15.00 – Melancholia (2008), 450min
29 October, 21.30 – Prologue to the Great Desaparecido (2013), Butterflies Have No Memories (2009), 31min + 59min
1 November, 17.30 – Century of Birthing (2011), 360min
3 November, 20.30 – An Investigation into the night that won’t forget (2012), 70min
8 November, 17.30 – Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (2012), 360min
10 November, 10.30 – Lav Diaz symposium at the University of Antwerp
11 November, 14.00 – Norte, The End of History (2013), followed by a conversation with Lav Diaz
12 November, 19.30 – Manila in the Claws of the Light (Lino Brocka, 1975), preceded by a conversation with Lav Diaz
20 November, 17.30 – From What Is Before (2014), 338min
26 November, 19.30 – Storm Children, Book I (2014), 143min
For more info on the films and other Filipino films the Cinematek is screening, please refer to the official website.
Plenty going on and ample opportunities for you to see a Lav Diaz film on a big screen. I’m trying to be there for most films and introduce them as well. I will obviously also be around for the talk on 10 September and for the symposium on 10 November. Maybe I can meet some of you?