Century of Birthing

  • 355'
  • Philippines
  • 2011
The films of Lav Diaz often tell serious epic stories, but they are still not entirely free from humour and satire. For instance in this film, Diaz takes the mickey out of festival programmers and also sketches a picture of himself that is not entirely free from self-mockery.
The film has two or three stories (also a film in the film) and one of them focuses on the filmmaker Homer, who very much resembles Lav Diaz himself. The tortured filmmaker wrestles with completing his film. Despite pleas from those around him and from eager programmers, he continues to refuse to regard his film as finished. Alongside the story about a nun in the film on which Homer is working, there’s another story about the religious leader Father Turbico. Turbico leads a sect in the countryside that is primarily made up of young women. When one of the women wants to leave the sect, a dramatic situation ensues.
By telling the stories in parallel, similarities become visible between Homer’s struggle with cinema and Turbico's struggle with faith.

Director
Lav Diaz
Country of production
Philippines
Production Year
2011
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
355'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Siglo ng pagluluwal
Language
Tagalog
Producer
Lav Diaz
Production Company
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
Sales
Sine Olivia Pilipinas
Cinematography
Lav Diaz
Editor
Lav Diaz
Production Design
Dante Perez, Perry Dizon, Hazel Orencio
Sound Design
Lav Diaz
Music
Lav Diaz
Cast
Perry Dizon, Hazel Orencio, Angel Aquino