Pinoy film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” receives prestigious award in Italian Festival

  • Award-winning Pinoy director Lav Diaz received the Golden Lion award in the 2016 Venice Film Festival for his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” (The Woman Who Left)
  • The Golden Lion is the most prestigious award in the Venice Film Festival, which is among the oldest film festivals in the world
  • “Ang Babaeng Humayo” stars John Lloyd Cruz and marks the film comeback of former ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio

Internationally-acclaimed Pinoy filmmaker Lav Diaz has again made the country proud through his newest breakthrough in filmography — a Golden Lion in the Venice Film Festival.

He received the award because of his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” [The Woman Who Left] starring equally celebrated actor John Lloyd Cruz and former ABS-CBN President Charo Santos Concio who, through this film, made a comeback in acting after two decades.

The Golden Lion is the highest honor given by the Venice Film Festival, which is also one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

Ang Babaeng Humayo” is about a school teacher plotting for revenge for her ex-boyfriend who framed her.

Prior to being accorded the Golden Lion, the film also won the Best Foreign Language Film in the Sorriso Diverso Venezia 2016 awards; a series of smaller awards handed out before the major awards night.

Like previous Lav Diaz films, “Ang Babaeng Humayo” runs longer than most movies, as it has a total running time of 228 minutes, or more than three hours.

Lav Diaz’s trademark is making long films; with one of his recent works “Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis” running for more than eight hours.

Aside from this, Diaz has also gained worldwide recognition for his other films, like “Norte, Ang Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and “Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon.”

Pinoy cinema has been more recognized in the international spotlight this year, with Pinay actress Jaclyn Jose winning as Cannes Film Festival Best Actress for indie film “Ma’Rosa” recently.