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After the successful Cannes Best Actress award of Ma' Rosa - Lav Diaz film Ang Babaeng Humayo wins Golden Lion(Best Film) in this years' Venice Film Festival.

 “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")







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WINNERS OF THE 73ND VENICE FILM FESTIVAL 

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

GOLDEN LION

“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.

ACTOR

Oscar Martinez (“The Distinguished Citizen,” Argentina, Spain)

ACTRESS
Emma Stone (“La La Land,” U.S.)

MARCELLO MASTROIANNI PRIZE FOR YOUNG PERFORMER –

Paula Beer (“Frantz,” France)

BEST SCREENPLAY
Noah Oppenheim  (“Jackie,” U.S.)

LUIGI DE LAURENTIIS LION OF THE FUTURE
“The Last of Us,” Ala Eddine Slim, Tunisia

HORIZONS JURY

BEST FILM
“Liberami,” Federica di Giacomo, Italy

BEST DIRECTOR

“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)

BEST SCREENPLAY

Wang Bing (“Bitter Money,” China)

BEST SHORT

“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
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