Woman Who Left – Trailer
// Presented as part of August’s Contemporary Asian Cinema Series //
Lav Diaz / 2016, Venice, AFI Fest, BFI London, Cartagena, CPH:PIX, Dubai, Dublin, Faro Island Film Festival, FICUNAM, FNC – Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Göteborg, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, Mar del Plata, Melbourne, Moscow, NYT Critics’ Pick, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Sydney, Toronto, Vienna / 226′
Horacia has spent the past thirty years in jail for a crime she didn’t commit. Returning home after her release, Horacia discovers that her husband has since passed away, her daughter has left town, and her son is missing. Having been framed by Rodrigo, a wealthy ex-lover, she becomes set on a path of revenge. Rodrigo, however, never leaves his house—like most of the country’s elite, he is a prime target for kidnapping circles. By night, Horacia plots his murder, but by day, she cares for others, including Hollanda, a transgender prostitute with whom she forms a deep and unlikely friendship.
A sprawling portrait rendered in chiaroscuro, and weighted in a masterful lead performance by Charo Santos-Concio, A Woman Who Left charts a woman’s path to redemption amid the social and political landscape of a nation torn asunder. Prolific Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s sixteenth narrative feature premiered at Göteborg, Rotterdam, Hong Kong, BFI London; Dublin, where it won Best Director; and Venice, where it won the Golden Lion for Best Film. The Woman Who Left is a New York Times Critics’ Pick.