Norte, the End of History
Known as “a Filipino freedom fighter that chose cinema as his weapon, a rebolusyonario that shoots film instead of people, “ acclaimed director Lav Diaz pronounces this film “a warning... a foreboding about dangerous ideas lurking around.” An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption. Diaz’s epic reimagining of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment is both an intimate human drama and a cosmic treatise on the origin of evil. Unfolding across the sun drenched fields and dark city streets of the Filipino island of Luzon, Norte, The End of History is a gripping, four-hour saga of murder, rage, liberation and hope from one of the world’s most uncompromising cinematic visionaries. It was screened at festivals around the world in 2013, including Un Certain Regard, Cannes International Film Festival, where it was described as “one of the most beautiful films seen in Cannes” (Jacques Mandelbaum, Le Monde).
(Diaz, Philippines, 2013, DCP, 250 minutes, Tagalog with English subtitles)