Sine ni Lav Diaz: A Long Take on the Filipino Auteur

Director Lav Diaz. Hazel Orencio Photo – Sine Olivia Pilipinas

“Sine ni Lav Diaz: A Long Take on the Filipino Auteur,” a book detailing the life and works of the famous Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz was virtually launched on Monday (Aug. 16).

Edited by Professors Parichay Patra and Michael Kho Lim, the Intellect Books (UK), De La Salle University, the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc. and the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) were behind the publication.

Patra is an assistant professor of Film Studies at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur, India. He is currently working on his monograph on the Indian New Wave of the 1970s.

Lim is a lecturer of media and cultural policy and acting course director of the master’s program in Cultural and Creative Industries at Cardiff University, UK. 

He is the author of Philippine Cinema and the Cultural Economy of Distribution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), co-editor of Re-imagining Creative Cities in Twenty-First Century Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), and co-author of The Media Kit: A Frame-by-Frame Guide to Visual Production (Anvil Publishing, 2008).

“The first book-length study on the groundbreaking auteur, the collection takes a critical look at his career and corpus from various perspectives, with contributions from cinema studies researchers, film critics, festival programmers, and artists, the CCP said.

The book offers “a nuanced overview” of the filmmaker and the cinematic traditions he belongs to for film enthusiasts, researchers, and general readers alike.

“Though Diaz’s contributions to slow and durational cinema are well-known and his importance in contemporary world cinema is beyond doubt, the director remains largely unexplored in cinema studies” the CCP added.

“The book addresses this research gap, situating Diaz at the crucial juncture of new auteurism, Filipino New Wave, and transnational cinema, but it does not neglect the industrial-exhibitional coordinates of his cinema,” the CCP said.

“This original collection considers Lav Diaz and his works without being confined to a specific approach or research method. On the contrary, it touches on nearly every major contemporary academic approach to cinema,” the CCP said.

The book cover features a photo of the director on the set of Ang Hupa (The Halt), taken by Cielo Bagabaldo, a Filipino filmmaker who produces, directs, and edits short films, music videos, and online content.

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The Sine ni Lav Diaz book launch is part of the 2021 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, which runs until Sept. 5, 2021.

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Sine ni Lav Diaz book cover. Hazel Orencio Photo – Sine Olivia Pilipinas

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