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Lav Diaz wins best director in Venice for new film, ‘Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan)’

ABS CBN News — 13.09.2020

Filipino auteur Lav Diaz wins the best director award at the Orizzonti or Horizons Section in this year’s Venice International Film Festival, for his latest opus, “Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan).”

Considered the arthouse section, Horizons runs parallel to the main competition of the oldest film festival in the world. Head of the Orrizonti jury is French director Claire Denis. For the main competition, Cate Blanchett is president of the jurors.

Known for his epic films that sometimes run up to 11 hours, Diaz’s “Lahi, Hayo (Genus Pan)” is reportedly running for only two hours and 37 minutes.

As described in the “Lahi, Hayop” Facebook page, the film is about “…three illegal miners’ journey back to their island after months of toiling in hellish conditions. With their hard-earned money, they traversed the sea, the mountains and the forest until they reached their destination.”

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