“This is for my country, for the Filipino people; for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” - says Lav upon accepting the award.
Best actress awardee is Emma Stone for the American musical “La La Land.” while the best actor award went to Oscar Martinez for the Spanish-Argentinian film “The Distinguished Citizen”.
Ang Babaeng Humayo “The Woman Who Left,” is a revenge drama about the struggle of a wrongly convicted schoolteacher in the outside world after 30 years behind bars played by Charo Santos-Concio.
It is a great pride and honor to Philippine Cinema.
For the record LAV DIAZ has consistently winning major awards from big international film festival:
• Pardo d' Oro / Golden Leopard — 67th Festival Internazionale del Film di Locarno (for "Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon / From What Is Before")
• Silber Bär - Alfred Bauer Preis / Silver Bear - Alfred Bauer Prize — 66th Internationale Filmfestpiele Berlin (for "Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis / A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery")
• Leone d' Oro / Golden Lion — 73rd Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia (for "Ang Babaeng Humayo / The Woman Who Left")
WINNERS OF THE 73ND VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
“The Woman Who Left,” Lav Diaz, Philippines
SILVER LION BEST DIRECTOR (TIE)
“Paradise,” Andre Konchalovsky, Russia, Germany
“The Untamed,” Amat Escalante, Mexico
JURY GRAND PRIZE
“Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford, U.S.
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“The Bad Batch,” Ana Lily Amirpour, U.S.
Oscar Martinez (“The Distinguished Citizen,” Argentina, Spain)
Emma Stone (“La La Land,” U.S.)
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER –
Paula Beer (“Frantz,” France)
Noah Oppenheim (“Jackie,” U.S.)
LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE
“The Last of Us,” Ala Eddine Slim, Tunisia
“Liberami,” Federica di Giacomo, Italy
“Home,” Fien Troch, Belgium
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
“Big Big World,” Reha Erdam, Turkey
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR BEST ACTOR
Nuno Lopes (“Sao Jorge,” Portugal)
SPECIAL PRIZE FOR BEST ACTRESS
Ruth Diaz (“The Fury of a Patient Man,” Spain)
Wang Bing (“Bitter Money,” China)
“La Voz Perdida,” Marcelo Mantinessi, Paraguay
VENICE CLASSICS AWARDS
Best Documentary on Cinema
“Le Councours,” Claire Simon, France
Best Restored Film
“Break-Up — L’uomo dei cinque palloni,” Marco Ferreri, Italy