The Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlin International Film Festival / Berlinale) has added another laurel to director Lav Diaz's collection, awarding him the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for his latest film, the 8-hour "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis" on February 20.
The award goes to a feature film that opens new perspectives.
The latter won the Golden Leopard from the Locarno Film Festival, a first for the Philippines.
"Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis" lost to "Fuocoammare" (Fire at Sea) by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy) and Death in Sarajevo by Danis Tanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) for the Golden and Silver (Juris Grand Prix) Bear Award respectively. — Aya Tantiangco/BM, GMA News