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Lav Diaz was named Best Director by the Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards for Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) at the recently concluded 15th Audi Dublin International Film Festival in Ireland. Yay!

The film festival is an 11-day event celebrating the best of Irish and World cinema with almost a hundred films from over 50 countries.

On April 17, the Film Development Council of The Philippines (FDCP) congratulated Diaz for the Best Director award.

“Congratulations to Lav Diaz who won Best Director for his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” at Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival recently in Ireland. Maraming salamat sa patuloy na pag-dadala ng parangal sa ating bansa! Mabuhay ka at ang Pelikulang Pilipino!,” FDCP wrote.

Congratulations to Lav Diaz who won Best Director for his film “Ang Babaeng Humayo” at Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards…

Posted by Film Development Council of the Philippines on Monday, April 17, 2017

Meanwhile, lead star Charo Santos-Concio also won a Special Mention Award at the 17th Festival Internacional de Cine Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in Canary Islands, which concluded last April 9. The film was one of 13 that competed at the festival’s Official Selection Section.

Produced by Cinema One Originals and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) is a 226-minute black and white film about a school teacher who spent 30 years in a correctional facility for a crime she did not commit.

In 2016, the film also won the Golden Lion for Best Film at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.

Lav Diaz is also known for his award-winning films, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery), Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon (From What Is Before) and Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, the End of History). 

Watch the trailer of Ang Babaeng Humayo here:

[Manila Bulletin]

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