"The Woman who Left" by Lav Diaz / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

"The Woman who Left" by Lav Diaz

Flix it at the Onassis Cultural Centre #4

15 MAR 2017
Main Stage
3 hours and 46 minutes
Age guidance: 15+
An exciting and reflective film, awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival 2016, premieres in Greece within "Flix it at the Onassis Cultural Centre". Be prepared for nothing less than a film-experience.
Full price: 7 €
Reduced, Friend & Small groups (5-9 people): 6 €
Large groups (10+ people): 5 €
People with disabilities - Companions & Unemployed: 5 €

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The last film by one of world cinema’s leading filmmakers, Filipino Lav Diaz, having been awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival just a few months ago, premieres in Greece within "Flix it at the Onassis Cultural Centre". An exciting and reflective at the same time film which unravels a variety of ideas and emotions about vengeance and forgiveness, ethics and responsibility, the trace that human beings leave in History, and the position of woman in a changing world. Featuring a sensational performance by stunning Charo Santos-Concio, who returns after 12 years of cinematic absence, The Woman who Left is nothing less than a film-experience.
Inspired by a short story written by Leo Tolstoy, the film tells the story of Horacia, a woman who has spent the past thirty years of her life in prison. As a former teacher, she spends her days teaching the other inmates how to write and read, without having anything else to wait for in her life. However, when another inmate confesses that she has committed the crime for which Horacia had been convicted, she will get out of prison and search for her family. While looking for her son, she rediscovers her homeland, the end-of-90s Philippines, and she will realize that her fellow-citizens have been living under the terror of corruption and kidnapping.  And soon, her generous personality will be corroded by the desire for vengeance...


Direction, screenplay, editing, cinematography: Lav Diaz
Country: Philippines
Language: Filipino
Cast: Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Sharmaine Centenera-Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino
Premiere in Greece: 15 Μarch 2017

With English and Greek subtitles

Organized by: Flix.gr, Onassis Cultural Centre-Athens
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Director’s note
What is it that defines us as human beings?
The inspiration for the film came from a short story written by Leo Tolstoy, God Sees the Truth, But Waits. I had read the story quite a long time ago, I only remember the central idea, I have forgotten about the story and the characters’ names. I do remember, nevertheless, that the thing that made the biggest impression on me when I read it was that none of us really understands what life is all about. We really don’t know. This is perhaps one of the most fundamental truths of our existence. Perhaps some of us can at least sense a coherence, the feeling that all the things that we do have a continuity. And most often we endure and succumb to the randomness of life.
Lav Diaz
Filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, editor, cinematographer, composer, actor, and poet, Lav Diaz is an emblematic figure not only of Filipino cinema, but of the global film scene today. Born in 1958, he has directed 12 feature films from 1998 until today, having won the most important awards at the world’s greatest festivals. In 2016 only, he won both the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Festival with the film A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery and the Golden Lion at Venice International Film Festival with the film Α Woman who Left. His films, grandiose in their intentions and very often of epic duration, refer to the human condition with a point of departure in the socio-political or historical circumstances of his country, but are exalted to the sphere of a cinema that speaks a fascinating cinematic, ideological and emotional language.

The Onassis Cultural Centre collaborates with Flix.gr, a website focusing on cinema.
Since December 2016 and every month until May 2017, cinema aficionados meet at the Onassis Cultural Centre for a series of screenings which promise surprises, introduce auteurs and make the tour of the world, proposing images that we want to see on the big screen.
Among these, one can find selections from the global cinematic map, premieres of beloved Greek films, tributes to unexplored areas of contemporary cinema, the small screen currently challenging the big one, classic masterpieces like we’ve never seen them before, creators that have not been forgotten by time, screenings for children which will be taken over by grown-ups.
The rendezvous, however, will expand outside the movie theater: live performances, cinema courses, exhibitions, concerts and open discussions with the audience will accompany each screening, offering a well-rounded cinematic experience and a different way of looking at cinema.

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