Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte’ screens Aug 9-14 at West End Cinema

A scene from the award winning film 'Norte, the End of History'

A scene from the award winning film ‘Norte, the End of History’

Independent filmmaker Lav Diaz’s film ‘Norte, the End of History’ will be screened at the West End Cinema in Washington, D.C.

Norte has received praise for its storytelling and cinematography, and has won four awards including Best Picture and Best Actress at the 2014 Gawad Urian Awards.

Here’s a synopsis: In the northern Philippine province of Luzon, a law-school dropout commits a horrific double murder; a gentle family man takes the fall and receives a life sentence, leaving behind a wife and two kids. At their best, Lav Diaz’s marathon movies reveal just how much other films leave out. In his devastating twelfth feature, the broad canvas accommodates both the irreducible facts of individual experience and the cosmic sweep of time and space. A careful rethinking of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz’s longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil.

The film was screened at the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, the 2013 New York Film Festival, and the Masters section of the 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival. It stars Sid Lucero (Fabian), Angeli Bayana (Eliza), Archie Alemania (Joaquin), Soliman Cruz (Wakwak), Hazel Orencio (Ading) and Magda (Mae Paner).

The film will be screened on the following dates:

•Saturday, 9 August, 11 a.m.
•Sunday, 10 August, 11 a.m.
•Tuesday, 12 August, 6:40 p.m.
•Thursday, 14 August, 6:40 p.m.

The film runs for 4 hours and 10 minutes and will be shown with an intermission. Tickets are available through the West End Cinema website.

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