Lav Diaz’s 8-hour long film competes for the top Golden Bear prize

Historical drama Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery) is among the 19 contenders for the top Golden Bear award in the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Lav Diaz already expected that his movie would be a “struggle” for the crowd and it did make even the cinema lovers weary. But when the curtain closed, more than half of the 1,600-seat Berlinale Palace theatre was still occupied and he was rewarded with cries of “bravo” and cheers. Read more


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