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The Woman Who Left

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Year of participation 2017
Program Non-competition Programs

The Woman Who Left
Producer(s) Ronald Arguelles, Lav Diaz
Director(s) Lav Diaz
Script Lav Diaz
Director of Photography Lav Diaz
Production designer Rene Dino, Raul Dino, Roderick Duran, Popo Diaz
Sound Corinne De San Jose
Edit Lav Diaz
Cast Charo Santos-Concio, John Lloyd Cruz, Michael De Mesa, Shamaine Centenera-Buencamino, Nonie Buencamino, Marj Lorico, Mayen Estanero, Romelyn Sale
Production company(-ies) Sine Olivia Pilipinas, Cinema One Originals
 

Synopsis

Horacia has spent the last 30 years in a women's correctional facility. A former elementary school teacher, she leads a quiet existence helping others practice reading and writing. When another inmate confesses to the original crime, Horacia is released and seeks out her estranged family. While searching for her missing son Junior, she discovers again her homeland – the Philippines of the late 90s, only to realize that its inhabitants are terrorized by corruption and rampant kidnappings. Her generous personality becomes tainted by feelings of revenge...

Awards
Golden Lion - Best Film, Venice IFF, 2016

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 Hirair and Anna Hovnanian Foundation
 
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