After creating Philippine cinema history by winning the prestigious Golden Lion for Best Film award at the recent Venice Film Festival, Lav Diaz’s ANG BABAENG HUMAYO once again created a buzz among movie critics, this time, at the film’s North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
ANG BABAENG HUMAYO, with the international title “The Woman Who Left,” tells the story of Horacia (Charo Santos), a woman seeking revenge after being convicted for decades for a crime she didn’t commit.
The film, which marks the movie comeback of former ABS-CBN president and CEO, and now chief content officer Charo Santos, was originally produced to open this year’s Cinema One Originals independent film competition.
Aside from Lav’s cinematic masterpiece and Charo’s critically acclaimed performance, viewers can also look forward to the provocative performance of actor John Lloyd Cruz as Hollanda, a transgender prostitute.
In an interview with “TV Patrol,” John Lloyd gave a glimpse of his character.
“She dresses like a woman. But she has not undergone surgery. In the story, Hollanda is changed by Ma’am Charo’s character.”
He also recounted his Venice Film Fest experience and shared what an emotional moment it was for him.
“I was trying my best to not cry. But I couldn’t help but be really emotional. For me, it’s a defining moment for Philippine cinema. We were also approached by the jury during the after party and they were telling us how the film affected them.”
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