In Lav We Trust, in which the local film group Film Virus is bringing in two recent works by the master of long-form black-and-white human suffering, Filipino auteur Lav Diaz.
So this is a reminder that the screenings are this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, March 30 and 31, at the Reading Room on Silom Soi 19.
The films are 2011's Century of Birthing (Siglo ng pagluluwal) and last year's Florentina Hubaldo, CTE. Century of Birthing has two stories, one dealing with a filmmaker who has spent years making an epic and still isn't happy with it, and the other dealing with a religious cult of mainly young women who are dominated the charismatic male leader. Florentina Hubaldo, CTE is described as a philosophical drama about the psychological effects of injustice and arbitrariness, with two poor laborers leaving the city to look for a treasure. "CTE" is a medical acronym referring to the condition suffered by boxers who get punched in the head too many times.
And you might feel punchdrunk after watching. Both films clock in at 6 hours. However, as Diaz fans know, that's actually pretty short in comparison to some of Diaz' other films.
The showtime is 1pm. I advise getting there early in order to stake out the spot you'll be occupying for the day. Bring along snacks and perhaps a pillow, folding chair or bedroll.