Lav Diaz’s film ‘Norte’ honored in Germany

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Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Sa Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” was honored with the top plum in this year’s Nuremberg International Human Rights FilmFestival (NIHRFF).

 

Film producer Raymond Lee announced via Facebook on Wednesday that the film was the unanimous choice of the festival’s jury.

Quoting a statement from the festival, Lee’s full post read thus:

“After an enriching discussion, the jury arrived at a unanimous decision. The film we chose convinced us by both the epic scope of its story and the intimate portrayal of its characters and their grave fates. Through a subtle though multi-layered narration the film interweaves social, political, religious and literary aspects into an organic and humanistic whole. We were strongly impressed by the painterly crafted yet naturalistic tableaus with strong emotional acting, a fluid rhythm and strong, documentary-like dialogues. We are glad to announce that the Internationale Nurnberger Filmpreis der Menschenrechte goes to Norte, The End of History by Lav Diaz.”

The win is not new to Diaz. The director has, in fact, won several awards in various film competitions around the world in past outings, including Best Picture at the Singapore International Film Festival, the Independent Film Festival of Brussels and Gawad Urian in 2002 and Netpac Jury Prize and Best Acting Ensemble at the 2001 Cinemanila International Film Festival for his opus “Batang West Side;” as well as the Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg International Film Festival in 2006 for “Heremias, Book One.”

“Norte, Sa Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” premiered at the Un Certain Regard section of the 66th Cannes International Film Festival in April.

The film, which is over four hours long, was also screened at the New York Film Festival in September.

Dubbed as “Germany’s oldest and biggest human rights film festival,” the NIHRFF champions outstanding feature films, documentaries and animated productions, which have human  rights as their main focus.

The biannual festival features an international competition, which presents artistically exceptional human rights films, an international forum, an extensive supporting programme, exhibitions and international guests.

NIHRFF presents the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award (worth EUR 2500) for the winner of the International Competition, an Audience Award (EUR 1000) for the most popular film from Competition and Forum (EUR 1000), and the Open Eyes Youth Jury Award (EUR 1000). Manila Bulletin