Lav Diaz’s musical film “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” (The Season of the Devil) won “Best Film” under the “Gems” category at the 58th Festival Internacional de Cine Cartagena de Indias (FICCI) in Cartagena, Colombia.
The martial-law- inspired “rock opera” bested seven other films, ABS CBN reported.
As the winner of the “Gems” category, the film will receive a “promotion plan of US$50,000 by RCN Channel in its national and international broadcasts.”
The four-hour, black-and-white movie, premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 19, and vied against 19 other films for the Golden Bear (main prize).
Diaz’s film starring Piolo Pascual and Shaina Magdayao received rave reviews from critics after its debut in the Berlin International Film Festival.
The Guardian described “Ang Panahon ng Halimaw” as “work of a real auteur.”
“Every millisecond of his film has been rigorously created,” The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw wrote in his film review.
The movie was also included in IndieWire’s “10 Must-See Films at the 2018 Berlin International Film Festival”