Screening to the film series "Screening Room", selected by Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr and in cooperation with ifs - international film school Cologne
Florentina Hubaldo, CTE, 2012, 360 min
Introduced by Nadin Mai:
Lav Diaz. History, Memory, Trauma
In "Florentina Hubaldo, CTE" Lav Diaz shows six hours of emotional state of emergency in the Philippine province. The story is about the title character Florentina, a young and helpless woman, who is maltreated by her father and forced into a life of prostitution before escaping to the city. Her story is intertwined with that of her ill daughter years later, who is being nursed by her stepfather. He shelters two adventurers, whose treasure hunt becomes the projection of a personal and superpersonal hopelessness. Diaz’s Film is a metaphorical reflection of notions of oppression, exploitation, colonialism and dictatorship in the Philippines, and their traumatic implications on the psyche of the individual and on society of this country.
Lav Diaz is a Philippine film director. His works have been numerously awarded, including at the Venice International Film Festival (Grand Prize-Orizzonti, 2008), in Locarno (Golden Leopard, 2014) and at this year’s Berlinale (Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, 2016). Nadin Mai is film researcher and her studies particularly focuses on the notion of ‘Slow Cinema’. In the introduction she takes a look into the socio-historical backgrounds of Diaz’s cinematographic oeuvre while examining the relationship to his childhood in Mindanao under the Martial Law, imposed in 1972 by former president Ferdinand Marcos. Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr are artists living in Cologne.
Funding and Support
Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Lav Diaz: Florentina Hubaldo, CTE, 2012
Courtesy by the artist and Sine Olivia Filipinas