Thursday, May 3, 2012

Introduction and post-screening Q&A with Lav Diaz
Part of Corporal Histories: Lav Diaz's Epic Philippine Cinema 
Saturday, May 5 at 1:15 PM

Dir. Lav Diaz, 355 minutes, 2011, Philippines, In Tagalog and English w/ English subtitles.Screening includes two 15-minute intermissions.

Telling two seemingly unrelated tales, CENTURY OF BIRTHING is a grand meditation on the roles of the artist, the prophet and the acolyte. The first story focuses on Homer (Perry Dizon), a filmmaker who has spent years working on his latest opus — and still isn’t happy with it. Hounded by friends, co-workers and festival programmers to finish the damn thing, he resists every entreaty, countering a programmer’s pleas to send him the film with, “I don’t make films for festivals, I make them for cinema.” The second story concentrates on a Christian cult in a rural region — a group largely comprised of young women (referred to as “virgins”) and dominated by its charismatic leader, Father Turbico (Joel Torre). When one of the longest-standing members strays, the impact is catastrophic for both her and the cult. Told almost entirely in long takes that are alternately transfixing, claustrophobic and penetrating, CENTURY OF BIRTHING boasts exquisite black-and-white imagery. Indeed, it may be Diaz’s most entrancing film to date — and it’s certainly his most personal.

Synopsis courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival 2011.

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**Please note that while this event is free and open to the public, our regular $10 admission fee will apply to the screening of Century of Birthing that begins at 1:15 PM. Audience members who are planning to attend the conversation and stay for the screening are encouraged to purchase their tickets to the screening on our website or in our lobby before the discussion.
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