Woman Who Left, The: Lav Diaz’s Revenge Drama Wins 2016 Venice Golden Lion

The Woman Who Left, a revenge drama by Filipino director Lav Diaz, about the struggle of a wrongly convicted schoolteacher in the outside world after 30 years behind bars, is the winner of the 73rd Venice Film Fest’s Golden Lion.

Shot in black and white and lasting nearly four hours, The Woman Who Left is a powerful moral study.

“This is for my country, for the Filipino people, for our struggle and the struggle of humanity,” said Diaz, as he thanked the jury headed by Sam Mendes.