Venice Golden Lion Winner will have a Philippine Premiere starting September 28

Lav Diaz, a Filipino filmmaker well known for his highly reflective quasi-historical films with running time that can clock three hours or longer, wins the single highest international honor for the Philippines. As announced today, it will have a Philippine/Asian Premiere starting September 28. This recent development also opens discussions whether the film will be belatedly shortlisted among features being considered as the Official Philippine submission to the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017. The Film Academy of the Philippines had already released its finalists earlier.

International Cinephile Society member and Tit for Tat blogger Nicol Latayan explained, "with regards to Ang Babaeng Humayo's last minute inclusion/possibility for Philippine Oscar submission, let it be reiterated that back in 2013, the FAP released a shortlist of nine films again (incidentally with Brillante Mendoza (Thy Womb) and Erik Matti (On the Job) in it too). However, when official announcement was done, it was the unmentioned Transit (by Hannah Espia) that was submitted."

The Woman Who Left, Diaz’ revenge black and white narrative feature that highlights the acting luminosity of TV exec Charo Santos Concio as a wrongfully imprisoned woman, was awarded a Golden Lion trophy for Best Film  at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.  The Venezia is the oldest existing international film festival in the world, and one of the most prestigious international film events. 

Diaz's record setting victory also followed closely his Golden Leopard Award for Best Film at the Locarno International Festival for his film From What Is Before and Brillante Mendoza's Palme D'Or for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Kinatay.

The Woman Who Left will soon have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Golden Lion: The Woman Who Left, directed by Lav Diaz
Grand Jury Prize: Nocturnal Animals, directed by Tom Ford
Silver Lion, Best Director: A tie between Amat Escalante, La Region Salvaje and Andrei Konchalovsky, Paradise
Volpi Cup, Best Actress: Emma Stone, La La Land
Volpi Cup, Best Actor: Oscar Martinez, El Ciudadano Ilustre
Best Screenplay: Noah Oppenheim, Jackie
Special Jury Prize: The Bad Batch, directed by Ana Lily Amirpour
Marcello Mastroianni Award for for Best New Young Actor or Actress: Paula Beer, Frantz

Best Film: Liberami, directed by Federica Di Giacomo
Best Director: Fien Troch, Home
Special Jury Prize: Big Big World, directed by Reha Erdem
Best Actress: Ruth Diaz, The Fury Of A Patient Man
Best Actor: Nuno Lopes, Sao Jorge
Best Screenplay: Bitter Money, Wang Bing
Best Short Film: La Voz Perdida, directed by Marcelo Martinessi
Lion of the Future “Luigi De Laurentiis” Venice Award for a Debut Film: The Last Of Us, directed by Ala Eddine Slim

Best Restoration: Break-Up – The Man With The Balloons, directed by Marco Ferreri
Best Documentary on Cinema: Le Concours, directed by Claire Simon

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