Lav Diaz's 'Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis' wins big at Berlin Int'l Film Festival

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(L-R) John Lloyd Cruz, Paul Soriano, director Lav Diaz (winner of the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer trophy) and Bernardo Bernardo attend the award winners press conference of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival on February 20, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Filipino director Lav Diaz's eight-hour historical drama Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis (A Lullaby for the Sorrowful Mystery) received the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.

Diaz on Sunday (February 21) dedicated his win to other film directors who believe cinema can change the world.

The Alfred Bauer Prize is given to a feature film that "opens new perspectives on cinematic art."

Hele sa Hiwagang Hapis is a story that focuses on the Philippine revolution in the 19th century.

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The film stars John Lloyd Cruz, Piolo Pascual, Cherie Gil, Angel Aquino, Alessandra De Rossi, and Ely Buendia, among others.

Gianfranco Rosi's documentary film Fire at Sea won this year's Golden Bear for best film.

Actress Meryl Streep headed the jury for this year's Berlinale.