John Lloyd Cruz reveals why he cried after Lav Diaz’s Venice film fest win

  • John Lloyd Cruz cried when Lav Diaz delivered his acceptance speech at the 73rd Venice Film Festival
  • Diaz won the Golden Lion, the top prize of Venice Film Festival for his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo
  • Cruz said Diaz was able to elevate Philippine cinema

MANILA, Philippines – Kapamilya leading man John Lloyd Cruz revealed that he tried his best not to be emotional but failed to do so because he was overcome with emotion while watching Lav Diaz deliver his acceptance speech at the 73rd Venice Film Festival on Saturday, September 10 (Sunday, September 11 in the Philippines).

Philippine Entertainment Portal quoted him as saying in an interview on September 15: “I was trying my best na hindi pumatak ang mga luha ko (not let my tears fall). Pero wala, e (But to no avail). I couldn’t help but get really, really emotional kasi (because) it was a defining moment for our own cinema, Philippine cinema.

We’re talking about the world stage. We’re talking about Venice, one of the biggest [film fests].”

Diaz won the Golden Lion, the top prize of Venice Film Festival for his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo,” known internationally as “The Woman Who Left”.

Cruz, who played the role of a cross-dresser named Hollanda, expressed  that he felt really proud and blessed to be a part of an award-winning film.

He said: “Proud na proud ako para kay Lav. Proud na proud ako para sa Philippine cinema sa mga sandaling iyon. I think Lav Diaz was able to elevate Philippine cinema.

[I felt very proud for Lav. I was very proud for the Philippine cinema at the moment.]

We were given the privilege to get front row seats to witness history. I feel so blessed, I feel so lucky.””Ang Babaeng Humayo”, which runs for almost four hours, tells the story of Horacia (Charo Santos-Concio), a school teacher who was wrongfully accused and spent 30 years in prison.

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