Widely acknowledged for bringing the singular highest honor ever accorded to Philippine Cinema, Lav Diaz’s Martial Law epic, Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon, will have a special commercial run at the Shang Cineplex from August 12-18, 2015.
In 2014, this five-and-a half-hour film earned the Golden Leopard prize at the 67th Locarno International Film Festival.
Presented by the Film Development Council of the Philippines and Sine Olivia Pilipinas, in partnership with the Shang Cineplex, the commercial run gives Filipino cineastes another chance to catch the highly acclaimed film.
Set in 1972, Mula sa Kung Ano Ang Noon (From What is Before) deals with rising conflicts within a remote barrio in the days leading up to the declaration of Martial Law.
Last June, at the Gawad Urian Awards announced by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino and Cinema One, the film bagged the highest awards such as Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing.
The film’s highest honor has been its win of the Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard) Grand Prize at the International film festival in Locarno, last August 2014. The festival is one of the oldest and most prestigious A-list film festivals in Europe, in the league of Cannes, Venice, and Berlin.
In Locarno, the film also garnered the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize; the International Federation of Film Societies Don Quixote prize, the Youth Jury Environment Is Quality of Life Prize, and the Boccalino de Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Actress for lead actress Hazel Orencio.
Prior to its Locarno win, the film had its Philippine premiere at the first-ever World Premieres film Festival Philippines in June of 2014. Here the film won the festival’s highest award in the Grand Festival Prize, in addition to also winning the award for Best Ensemble.