U.S. Trailer for Lav Diaz’s Venice Golden Lion-Winner ‘The Woman Who Left’

Venice Golden Lion-Winner

Kino Lorber has released the U.S. trailer for Lav Diaz’s Golden Lion winner The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo), the slow-burn drama about a woman serving 30 years in prison for a crime she did not commit.

This black-and-white film is loosely based on Leo Tolstoy’s God Sees the Truth, But Waits, “a short story about a Russian merchant who is arrested and charged with murder while on a business trip and spends 26 years in a Siberian jail before meeting and finally forgiving the real culprit. The Woman, however, kicks off where Tolstoy’s tale comes to a close.”

The Woman Who Left opens on May 19th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Check the trailer out below, along with a plot synopsis.

Venice Golden Lion-Winner

When former schoolteacher Horacia (Charo Santos-Cancio) is finally acquitted in 1997, she returns to her hometown with vengeance on her mind, and swiftly tracks down Rodrigo, the ex-boyfriend who framed her. Finding him now a wealthy criminal surrounded by bodyguards, she settles in and waits for her moment. Horacia’s husband is dead and her son missing, but her innate kindness sees her connecting with three outsiders: a homeless girl, a vendor of balot (fertilised duck egg), and a transgender sex worker. Inspired by Tolstoy’s short story God Sees the Truth, But Waits, Diaz’s luminous film explores the emotional burden borne by the disenfranchised who live in the shadow of colonialism.

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