The Filipino Director Lav Diaz with The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) has won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in Venice: in 3 hours and 46 minutes of black and white movie the director tells the story of Horacia Somorostro, whose life was a real reclusión and an own perpetual imprisonment, full of twists and unexpected, cruel and inexplicable problematics.
“I dedicate it to the Filipino people and to all humanity. Horacia is an allegory of humanity in the struggle.” It is the lady vengeance of Lav Diaz, The Woman Who Left to win the Venice Golden Lion 73, Horacia Somostroso (starring Charo Santos-Concio, an actress who has returned to film after the parenthesis as the Philippine giant manager media Abs-CBN.)
After presenting in Berlin “A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery” and taken to the cinema atmospheres ‘dilated’ of films that last for eight hours, Diaz contributes to the Venetian lion with the poignant feature film of 226 minutes, showing the universe of pain, poverty and marginalization experienced by the people of the Philippines in 1997, with Horacia, the woman released from prison who has suffered unjustly for 30 years, while the rest of the world were shocked by the death of Lady Diana and the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
According to Diaz, the film was inspired by the book “God Sees the Truth, But Waits” written by Tolstoy, first published in 1872, the story of Aksionov who, innocent, was arrested, put in prison where eventally died after 26 years.
The film was shot mainly in Calapan, Mindoro, the birthplace of Charo Santos-Concio, its main interpreter. The Woman Who Left of Lav Diaz was the only film entirely produced in Asia presented at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival.