Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (2013) is a Filipino drama film directed by Lav Diaz. A careful rethinking of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment shot in blazing color, this tour de force offers a masterful recapitulation of Diaz’s longstanding obsessions: cultural memory, national guilt, and the origin of evil. The film lasts for more than four hours.

Screened at the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, as well as the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the main slate of 2013 New York Film Festival, and the Masters section of the 2013 San Diego Asian Film Festival, the film has received wide acclaim for its riveting storytelling and unique cinematography. The film also won four awards including Best Picture and Best Actress at the 2014 Gawad Urian Awards.

Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan had a limited release in the Philippines on March 11, 2014 and will have its wide theatrical release on September 10-16, 2014.

Whole-day screenings at Glorietta in Ayala Center, Makati, and Trinoma in Quezon City.

Nightly screenings from 7 pm to 11:10 pm at Robinsons Galleria and Robinsons East.

In the film, the lives of three people take a turn when one of them commits a crime.

Joaquin (Archie Alemania) is failing miserably at providing for his family when his money lender gets murdered. The crime is pinned on him. Misery and solitude transform him in prison.

Left to fend for the family, his wife Eliza (Angeli Bayani) pours all of her strength to battling with despair and eking out a living for their children.

The real perpetrator, Fabian (Sid Lucero), roams free. His disillusionment with his country — its history of revolutions marred by betrayal and crimes unpunished — drives him to the edge of sanity.

Here are some of the reviews of Norte, Hangganan Ng Kasaysan in the foreign media:

Rays of Humanity in a Vile World — New York Times

Norte, The End of History review – agony and ecstasy in the Philippines — The Guardian

Justice Proves Elusive In The Sprawling “Norte” — NPR

Norte, The End of History, review: “spellbinding” — Telegraph

Norte, The End Of History, film review: Lav Diaz deals with primal emotions in a contemplative, visually striking way — Independent

Norte, The End of History — Critics Roundup

Norte, The End Of History introduces an underseen visionary — A.V. Club

Cannes Diary, Day 9: Alexander Payne’s Gray New Movie, and — Finally — an Honest-to-Goodness Masterpiece — Grantland

British Film Institute

Film of the Week: Norte, The End of History — Film Comment

and Norte, The End of History: Diaz’s crime epic is a must-see — Total Film.

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