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Egyptian and
Aero Theatres
Hollywood & Santa Monica
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 - Sun, Mar 1, 2020
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The most celebrated Filipino filmmaker since Lino Brocka, Lav Diaz has carved out a singular place on the international film scene with his epic portraits of the human condition. In terms of running times, Diaz has few peers; pushing the boundaries of what cinema can be, his films average six hours in length, with some at nine hours or more. But it's his ambition and irrepressible search for poetry and beauty in the bleakest of situations that makes him one of the most important voices in contemporary cinema.

Born in Datu Paglas, Philippines, Diaz began directing features in the late 1990s, developing his signature connection between modern everyday life and the baggage of historical memory. Early masterpiece BATANG WEST SIDE, shot in Jersey City on 35mm, was the first to address the traumatic fallout from the Ferdinand Marcos regime, a subject he tackles in several other films (including in his 593-minute epic EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY, his longest work to date and first film shot on digital). In each subsequent project, Diaz has put modern independent filmmaking technologies to full use, often serving as writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, production designer and composer on any one of his films.

Although their sheer length makes Diaz’s films tough to distribute, his work has been widely praised by critics and film festival juries. To date he has taken home the Golden Leopard of at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival for FROM WHAT IS BEFORE as well as the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival for THE WOMAN WHO LEFT. His 2014 masterpiece, NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY, appeared on the New York Times' “Most Influential Films of the Decade” list.

With the storytelling instincts and sensibilities of a great Russian novelist and a filmmaking style reminiscent of such cinematic poets as Andrei Tarkovsky, Robert Bresson and Béla Tarr, Diaz has emerged as one of the great 21st century artists. His work is firmly rooted in his country’s troubled history, but is nonetheless universal in its revolutionary spirit and desire for change. In watching his films, one feels the crushing weight of Diaz’s obsessions with trauma, suffering and the darkest sides of humanity, but it is through these painful truths that glimmers of hope emerge.

This series includes a screening of STORM CHILDREN: BOOK ONE, with Diaz in person, at USC. For more info, please visit http://cinema.usc.edu/LavDiaz.

Series compiled and annotated by Chris LeMaire.

We are thrilled to welcome Lav Diaz to the Egyptian and Aero Theatres! Following his in-person appearance on opening weekend, this series will continue on a monthly basis throughout 2020.
Both TheatresSat, Feb 29, 2020 - Sun, Mar 1, 2020
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Films in this Series at the Egyptian

Director Lav Diaz In Person!
Sun, Mar 1, 2020 - 5:00pm
Egyptian Theatre
Sat, Mar 14, 2020 - 1:00pm
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

Films in this Series at the Aero

Director Lav Diaz In Person!
Sat, Feb 29, 2020 - 5:00pm
Aero Theatre