Lav DiazPhilippines593 minutes2004ColourTagalog
Epic in scope, reach, and (needless to say) length, Lav Diaz's Evolution of a Filipino Family is the central film of the Philippine New Wave, using the saga of the working-class Gallardo clan to examine the on-the-ground reality of Ferdinand Marcos' 15-year dictatorship. Marcos' imposition of martial law in 1972 sparks a wave of guerrilla activity and a rise in crime and lawlessness in the Gallardos' barrio; as their fortunes decline, the family begins to fall apart. Shot in black and white over an eight-year period and eschewing a musical score in favour of natural sound, Evolution is one of those rare films — like Edward Yang's A Brighter Summer Day or Hou Hsiao-hsien's City of Sadness — wherein one can feel the pull and the power of history, the cultural and psychic sea change gradually taking place in the lives of a representative group of people. "An intimate epic made with uncompromising and austere seriousness" (Robert Koehler,Variety).
From the collection of the Austrian Film Museum.