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Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte’ Picked By Philippines for Foreign-Language Oscar Contention

Norte, The End of History Cannes

HONG KONG – “Norte, The End of History,” the four-hour epic directed by Lav Diaz, has been selected by The Philippines as its contender in the foreign-language Academy Awards category.

The selection was announced by Leo Martinez, head of the Film Academy of The Philippines.

The drama, featuring a man who is wrongly imprisoned for murder while the real killer goes free, premiered in Cannes in 2013, but has only recently been given a two week commercial release in Manila allowing it to qualify for the Oscar run.

After its Cannes premiere “Norte” had an extraordinary run, screening at nearly all the world’s major festivals including Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Toronto, New York, Busan, Tokyo, Rotterdam and Hong Kong.

It also screened in competition in The Philippines’ high energy Cinemanila festival in Dec. 2013.

The Philippines has regularly submitted films for Academy Awards consideration since 1953, but none have been nominated.