Lavrente Indico Diaz (born December 30, 1958) is a Filipino filmmaker. He is known as one of the key members of the slow cinema movement, having made several of the longest narrative films on record. Although he had been making films since the late 1990s, Diaz didn't attract much public attention outside of the Philippines and the festival circuit until the release of his 2013 film Norte, the End of History, which was entered into the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. His three subsequent films have received much critical attention and many awards, with 2014's From What Is Before earning him the Golden Leopard at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival as well as a nomination for the Asian Film Award for Best Director, 2016's A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery competing for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and winning the Alfred Bauer Prize, and 2016's The Woman Who Left competing at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and winning the Golden Lion. His most recent film, Season of the Devil, competed at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival and it won Best Film (Gems Section) at the Cartagena Film Festival.
Diaz in 2016
Lavrente Indico Diaz
December 30, 1958
|Evolution of a Filipino Family|
Heremias (Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess)
Death in the Land of Encantos
Century of Birthing
A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
From What is Before
Life and careerEdit
He has won several international awards such as the award for Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Brussels and Gawad Urian in 2002 and Netpac Jury Prize and Best Acting Ensemble (2001 Cinemanila International Film Festival) for his film Batang West Side (including Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Music, Best Sound at the Urian), in Gawad Urian in 2005 for the film Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino Family), and Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for Heremias, Book One.
His films often tackle the issues regarding the current social and political state of the Philippines. His film Kagadanan sa Banwaan ning mga Engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos), the Closing Film of the orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival 2007, was awarded with a Golden Lion Special Mention. Death in the Land of Encantos was also in competition at the Artistic Innovation Award (Visions) of the Toronto International Film Festival 2007. He received several awards at the Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. His film Melancholia won the Orizzonti Grand Prize at the 65th Venice International Film Festival in 2008. In January 2011 he joined the board of directors for Cine Foundation International.
He went back in 2011 at the Venice International Film Festival for his film Siglo ng Pagluluwal (Century of Birthing) and which earned the Grand Jury Prize at the 13th Cinemanila International Film Festival. The following year, his film Florentina Hubaldo, CTE won Best Asian Film at the Jeonju International Film Festival and gained the On-Screen Award at the Images Festival.
His 2013 film Norte, the End of History was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the 66th Cannes Film Festival. He received the Golden Leopard at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival for From What Is Before. At the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, his film A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. In the same year, he also received the Golden Lion at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival for The Woman Who Left.
Diaz has made crime stories, ghost stories and a musical. On the topic of genre Diaz has said, "it’s nice to dwell on genres because there are formulas there and you can work with them. But at the same time you’re free to break them."
He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010, the Prince Claus Award of the Netherlands in 2014 and The Radcliffe Fellowship of Harvard University, 2016-2017.
|Mabuting Kaibigan, Masamang Kaaway||1991||Yes||Written with Tony Mortel, Jose Bartolome, and Manny Buising|
|Galvez: Hanggang sa Dulo ng Mundo Hahanapin Kita||1993||Yes||Written with Henry Nadong|
|Serafin Geronimo: Kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion||1998||Yes||Yes||Also known as The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion
|Hubad sa Ilalim ng Buwan||1999||Yes||Yes||Also known as Naked Under the Moon|||
|Batang West Side||2001||Yes||Yes||Also known as West Side Kid|||
|Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino||2004||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Evolution of a Filipino Family|||
|Kagadanan Sa Banwaan Ning Mga Engkanto||2007||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Death in the Land of Encantos|||
|Walang Alaala ang mga Paru-Paro||2009||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Butterflies Have No Memories
|Babae ng Hangin||2011||Yes||Also known as Woman of the Wind
|Siglo ng Pagluluwal||2011||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Century of Birthing
Also film composer
|Elehiya sa Dumalaw Mula sa Himagsikan||2011||Yes||Yes||Also known as Elegy to the Visitor from the Revolution|||
|Florentina Hubaldo, CTE||2012||Yes||Yes|||
|Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan||2013||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Norte, the End of History
Written with Rody Vera
|Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon||2014||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as From What Is Before|||
|Mga Anak ng Unos: Unang Aklat||2014||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Storm Children: Book One
|Fragment||2015||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||"Ang Araw Bago ang Wakas..." segment, also known as The Day Before the End|||
|Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis||2016||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery|||
|Ang Babaeng Humayo||2016||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as The Woman Who Left|||
|Season of the Devil||2018||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also film composer|
|Lakbayan||2018||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also known as Journey
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