Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map
Sun, Mar 1, 2020
5:00pm

THE END OF HISTORY: THE CINEMA OF LAV DIAZ
Director Lav Diaz In Person!
BATANG WEST SIDE
Discussion following with director Lav Diaz.
35 mm!

BATANG WEST SIDE
2001, 315 min, Philippines/USA, Dir: Lav Diaz

Filipino director Lav Diaz burst into the international arthouse film scene with this epic murder mystery set against the illusion of the American Dream. The story begins with the senseless slaying of Hanzel (Yul Servo), a Filipino youth from the crime ridden streets Jersey City. Police detective Juan Mijares (Joel Torre) sets out to solve the case, by interviewing the teen’s family and friends and piecing together a fractured portrait of his life. Soon, the detective’s discoveries reveal some relentlessly bleak truths about the Philippine diasporic experience. With the ambitious scope of a great work of literature and a surprisingly brisk pace (for Diaz), BATANG WEST SIDE is one of the director’s most hauntingly beautiful films. “We have to examine our history - more than 300 years of Spanish colonization, almost one hundred years of American intervention, four years of Japanese reign, more than twenty years of Marcos terrorism - all these things destroyed our culture, our psyche. We have to examine that. We have to look back. BATANG WEST SIDE is that. It is an examination of our past, our future - a collective canvas of what we are as a people, as a nation.” – Lav Diaz.


In Filipino, Tagalog and English with English subtitles. | New 35mm restoration courtesy of the Austrian Film Museum.
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Mar 1, 2020 • 5:00pm

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