Norte, the End of History
In a sprawling and epic adaptation of Crime and Punishment set in contemporary Philippines, Lav Diaz examines profound moral questions that continue to plague humanity. Fabian is a smug intellectual calling for wholesale social upheaval; Joaquin and his family scrape by on next to nothing, growing further and further in debt to loan shark Miss Magda. The lives of these two men collide with devastating consequences when Fabian erratically murders Magda and Joaquin takes the blame. Hailed as a masterpiece when it first premiered at Cannes, Norte is an emotionally powerful testimony to the quandary of ideology.
Cannes Film festival, Locarno Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and New York Film Festival.