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Lav Diaz’s Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon to close inaugural month of Cinematheque Centre Manila


Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (From What is Before) is the latest cinematic epic directed by Lav Diaz. Co-produced by FDCP and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, the film will be shown at the Cinematheque Centre Manila during the last week of January of 2016. Although the films of Diaz are known for demanding a lengthy amount of time, viewers are rewarded with an artistic portrait of a pivotal moment in the nation’s history.
Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon is set in a remote region of the Philippines just before martial law is declared in 1972. The palpable mood in the village is one of fear and foreboding, as individuals and the community alike are left shaken by mysterious deaths. The film’s events and stories are loosely based on the director’s own accounts and observations in his hometown during that dark time leading up to martial law.   
Diaz stated in an interview that Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon is the final installment in an accidental trilogy that centers on the impact of the Marcos regime at different points in history.  Mula is meant to be a prelude to the coming disquiet and trepidation of  a village prior to the dictatorship.  The trilogy’s other installments are Ebolusyon ng Isang Pamilyang Pilipino (2005), a sweeping story about a provincial family’s crisis under the regime, and Batang West Side (2001), which explores how the aftermath of martial law continues to haunt a family of the Filipino diaspora in New Jersey, USA.
Diaz’s long form cinema in these films provides the space and time for his audiences, especially his fellow Filipinos, to question, remember, confront, grieve, heal, and find strength in the face of history’s complexities and contradictions.
Mula is widely acknowledged for bringing the highest honor to Philippine cinema when it won the Golden Leopard (Pardo d’oro) at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. This is the first Filipino film to earn such a prestigious title in a major European film festival. Hazel Orencio also received the Boccalino de Oro Independent Critics award for best actress at the Locarno. The film earned the grand prize at the World Premieres Film Festival in 2014.  Since then, Diaz was nominated for Best Director at the 2015 Asian Film Awards. 
Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon will be showing at Cinematheque Centre Manila to close the January line-up of inaugural screenings. Given its 5 hour and 30 minute running time, it will be the only screening once each day from January 22-31.  The admission fee is P200. Cinematheque Membership Card holders will have a 50% discount.

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