“’These are cursed times’, a man notes toward the end of “From What Is Before”, and the full weight and meaning of those words come powerfully into focus across all five-and-a-half hours of Lav Diaz’s hauntingly beautiful new picture, which chronicles the gradual decline of a small coastal barrio in the Philippines in the final days before president Ferdinand Marcos imposed martial law in 1972. At once a vital work of historical reclamation and a sort of Southeast Asian companion piece to Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon” — another stark, black-and-white drama about mysterious acts of evil befalling a fragile community — this endlessly patient and contemplative work will court a smaller audience than Diaz’s Cannes-premiered international breakthrough, “Norte, the End of History”, but should exert a strong pull on viewers willing to stick it out. Following Locarno (where the film won the Golden Leopard) and Toronto, fests will continue to feel the Lav…(…).” (Variety, by Justin Chang)

Saturday, 29.11.2014 – 5:00 pm (presented by Nicolas Wackerbarth)
Sunday, 07.12.2014 – 4:00 pm



Berlin Premiere 



OT: Mula Sa Kung Ano Ang Noon, 2014
Country: Philippines
Production: Lav Diaz
Cast: Perry Dizon, Roeder Camañag, Hazel Orencio, Angelina Kanapi, Karenina Haniel, Joel Saracho, Ching Valdes
Format: Blu-ray / black and white
Length: 338 min.
Language: Filipino / English subtitles
World Sales: Sine Olivia Pilipinas,
Distribution Germany: tba
Festivals: Locarno, Toronto, Hamburg, São Paulo, London, Gent, Tokyo etc.
Awards: Locarno 4 Prizes incl. Golden Leopard and FIPRESCI, World Premieres Filmfestival Philippines etc.