Screening of Norte, the End of History (Lav Diaz, 2013, 250’) followed by a discussion between Lav Diaz and Stoffel Debuysere.
Norte, the End of History starts with a chat in a bar about ideology and the 21st century, the absolute freedom of the individual and responsibility, capitalism and Karl Marx. Frustrated because so many corrupt politicians and crooks get off scot-free in the Philippines, the down-and-out law student Fabian tries to make a point. As he sinks deeper and deeper into an immoral and violent universe, the innocent Joaquin is thrown in jail and his wife and children try to keep their heads above water on the fringes of the coastal town of Laoag.
In the context of Lav Diaz’ visit to Belgium, a collaboration between CINEMATEK, Courtisane, BOZAR, VDFC, University of Antwerp, Cinema Zuid, Jeu de Paume, Paris, Le Festival d’Automne à Paris, Austrian Film Museum, Cineteca Bologna and with the support of the Philippine Embassy in Belgium. Special thanks to Lav Diaz, Hazel Orencio, NCCA, Milay Calonge, Faith Planas-Bautista, Nadin Mai.