22.02.2018 - Lav Diaz, moderated by Vincenzo Bugno
To say that the films of Lav Diaz are poetic, uncompromising and “very Filipino” is an understatement. Diaz is widely known as one of the central figures of the slow cinema movement, emphasising observational long takes, long shots distancing the viewer from the characters and running times averaging eight hours. Elucidating the stinging realities and suppressed mysteries of his nation’s history, Diaz’s films sweep his viewer up in an elastic and quotidian experience of time and space. Back in Berlin to premiere his newest, four hour-long musical Season of the Devil in Competition, Diaz contemplates how he adds cinematic subtexts to his stories and why awakening the ghosts of the past can lend meaning to the secrets of our existence.
Vincenzo Bugno is a co-initiator, manager and jury member of the World Cinema Fund. He is a Berlinale delegate for Italy, and serves on the Berlinale Competition selection committee. Previously, he was on the programming committee of the Locarno Film Festival and headed its Open Doors initiative. A former journalist and film critic, he has contributed to newspapers, magazines and TV channels such as Corriere della sera, ARTE, ZDF, Tele+ and Sky Italy.