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Norte, the End of History

A Filipino law student’s act of violence has catastrophic consequences far beyond his victims in Lav Diaz’s spellbinding Dostoevsky-tinged drama.

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  • Director Lav Diaz
  • Producer Moira (Raymond Lee)
  • Screenwriters Rody Vera, Lav Diaz
  • With Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Angelina Kanepi
  • Philippines 2013
  • in Tagalog with English subtitles
  • 250 mins
  • Production company Wacky O Productions

The films of Filipino Lav Diaz – 12 features to date – are one of the glories of contemporary cinema, but rarely if ever screened in the UK thanks in part to their epic durations: anything up to 11 hours. Diaz´s latest masterpiece weighs in at a relatively user-friendly four hours but more than earns every second of its screen time, as ecstatic critical reactions in the wake of its Cannes screenings testify. Diaz once again develops his longstanding engagement with Dostoevsky through an allegorically tinged tale of a nihilistic law student Fabian (a magnificent Sid Lucero), whose murder of a moneylender and her daughter prompts not only his own downfall, but the incarceration of a gentle family man, who mistakenly takes the rap. Spellbinding deep-focus colour imagery and a seemingly effortless binding of intimate detail with epic sweep make this one of the absolute must-sees of the Festival.

Kieron Corless

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