Lav Diaz’s latest masterpiece wins Best Picture at Basel Film Festival

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Lav Diaz’s latest masterpiece “Ang Panahon Ng Halimaw” has won again another international award, this time the Best Picture prize at the Bildrausch Film Festival at Basel, Switzerland held recently.

The story of the four-hour long rock opera film is about the poet Hugo Haniway (played by Piolo Pascual), who is searching for his wife Lorean (Shaina Magdayao) gone missing after journeying to bring medical aid to a town plagued by a two-faced devil.

Prior, “Halimaw” won best film in the Gems section of the 58th Festival Internacional de Cine Cartagena de Indias held in Colombia in March 2018. It was also selected to compete for the Golden Bear in the main competition section at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival.

The film also received critical acclaim from various international film critics like Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardia, Jonathan Romney of Screen Daily, and writer Aldo Padilla, to name a few.

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