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Death in the Land of the Encantos

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Original title
Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga Engkanto (Death in the Land of the Encantos)
Year
Running time
544 min.
Country
Philippines Philippines
Director
Screenwriter
Lav Diaz
Music
Lav Diaz
Cinematography
Lav Diaz
Cast
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Producer
Hubert Bals Fund / Sine Olivia
Genre
Drama
Synopsis / Plot
A Filipino poet named Benjamin Agusan (Roeder Camanag) is the hapless native who returns to his hometown Padang to witness the aftermath of the super typhoon. For the past seven years, Benjamin had been living in an old town called Kaluga in Russia. With his grant and residency, he taught and conducted workshops in a university. The poet published two books of sadness and longing in the process. In Russia, Benjamin was able to shoot video collages, fell in love with a Slavic beauty, buried a son, and almost went mad. He came back to bury his dead-father, mother, sister and a lover. He came back to face Mount Mayon, the raging beauty and muse of his youth. He came home to confront the country that he so loved and hated, the Philippines. He came back to die in the land of his birth. He wanders around the obliterated village meeting old friends and lovers
Awards
2007: Venice Film Festival: Award Venice Horizons, Special Mention
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