Maximalist director Lav Diaz has added yet another leaf to his laurel when his film Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) took home the Golden Lion or the top prize on Saturday at the 73rd Venice Film Festival.
The four-hour revenge drama flick, Charo Santos' comeback project after spending 20 years behind the camera, received the Best Film award.
Charo played the role of Horacia, a teacher who was framed and sentenced to spend 30 years in a correctional facility.
Box Office King John Lloyd Cruz is also part of the much-lauded film.
The likewise received the Best Foreign Language Film award at Sorriso perso Venezia 2016 Awards, one of the collateral awards handed out before the festival's major honors.
Lav’s success comes roughly six months since his film Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis won the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.