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» Thai audiences have a rapport with the films of Hirokazu Kore-eda. Nearly every one of his titles since 2004 has made it to Thai cinemas, some hugely successful, others more modest. With a delicate touch and a strong trope in family drama, the Japanese director has created a fan base here -- and not just among film buffs with a taste for non-Hollywood types.
» At 227 minutes -- less than four hours -- Ang Babaeng Humayo (The Woman Who Left) is rather short by Lav Diaz's standard. His previous film, Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby To The Sorrowful Mystery), runs at seven hours. And throughout the late 1990s and 2000s, the Filipino master made films ranging in length from nine to 13 hours, something unorthodox, anomalous, even transgressive in the fast-food mentality of the modern multiplex. A four-hour film, any distributor would tell you, will scare people off. There's no room for patience and meditation in cinema these days.
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