The National Commission on Culture and the Arts Cinema Committee, in celebration of the 2008 Arts Month, is proud to present SineSilip, free film screenings scheduled every Wednesday of February. The first movie to be screened this Wednesday is Lav Diaz's Death in the Land of Encantos. This black-and-white film will be screened on February 6, 1 pm, at the NCCA Auditorium , General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila.
Death in the Land of the Encantos (2007)
Running time: 8 hours
SYNOPSIS. The main character of Kagadanan is a Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (played by Roeder Camañag). He is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of a super typhoon. Director Lav Diaz shot Kagadanan in Padang, Legazpi City, where a village was buried by landslides caused by super typhoon Reming that hit the Bicol region on November 30, 2006.
For the past seven years, Benjamin had been living in an old town called Kaluga in Russia. With his grant and residency, he taught and conducted workshops in a university. The poet published two books of sadness and longing in the process.
In Russia, Benjamin was able to shoot video collages, fell in love with a Slavic beauty, buried a son, and almost went mad. He came back home to bury his loved ones—father, mother, sister and a lover. He came back to face Mount Mayon, the raging beauty and muse of his youth. He came home to confront the country that he so loved and hated, the Philippines. He came back to die in the land of his birth. He wanders around the obliterated village meeting old friends and lovers.
Shot in black and white, Kagadanan sa Banwaan ning Mga Engkanto (Death in the Land of the Encantos) expresses an inexhaustible belief in the regenerative power of both nature and art.