Honor Thy Father (originally titled as Con-Man) is a 2015 Filipino crime, thriller, drama film directed by Erik Matti, starring John Lloyd Cruz. It was screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It was an official entry to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival.
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The film is about a family who find themselves in a Ponzi scheme. Edgar (John Lloyd Cruz) and Kaye (Meryll Soriano) seek to pay their family’s debt to Kaye’s co-parishioners. The couple fear that the parishioners may hurt their daughter.
John Lloyd Cruz as Edgar
Meryll Soriano as Kaye
Dan Fernandez as Manny
Tirso Cruz III as Bishop Tony
Perla Bautista as Nanang
Yayo Aguila as Jessica
Khalil Ramos as Emil
William Martinez as Pastor Obet
Lander Vera Perez as Cedric
Boom Labrusca as Erwin
Krystal Brimner as Angel
Dalin Sarmiento as Liza
The film was directed by Erik Matti. The film’s lead actor, John Lloyd Cruz alongside Dondon Monteverde are producers of the film. Agosto Dos Pictures, was originally planned to be co-producer of the film along with Reality Entertainment. The film was originally titled Ponzi.
John Lloyd Cruz was chosen to portray the lead character of the film. The actor shaved his head for the role despite warnings from his big studio handlers that he might lose endorsement contracts, especially for a certain shampoo product. The actor sought to break away from the leading man role that people are familiar with in his mainstream films and also explained that his acting work isn’t confined to his home television network, ABS-CBN, stating that he “refuses to be typecast”. He sought to project a different image from the one audiences have gotten accustomed to by playing a lead role in an indie film.
Originally, Dingdong Dantes was also offered to portray John Lloyd’s role but it was the latter that ultimately played the role.
The film was shot in Baguio and nearby towns. About 16 hours of shooting was spent inside the mines of Camp 6 along Kennon Road.
Honor thy Father was first screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It was also screened in the Cinema One Originals Film Festival in November 2015. The film was accepted as an official entrant to the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival after Hermano Puli, a historical biopic directed by Gil Portes, withdrew from the festival on October.
41st Metro Manila Film Festival Best Director Erik Matti Won
Best Actor John Lloyd Cruz Nominated
Best Actress Meryll Soriano Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Tirso Cruz III Won
Best Child Performer Krystal Brimner Won
Best Cinematography Ber Cruz Nominated
Best Screenplay Michiko Yamamoto Nominated
Best Original Story Michiko Yamamoto and Erik Matti Nominated
Best Production Design Ericson Navarro Nominated
Best Make-up Artist Ryan Panaligan and Erika Racela Won
Best Original Theme Song Tao Won
Best Musical Score Erwin Romulo Nominated
Best Sound Engineering Mikko Quizon Nominated
14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards Best Picture Honor Thy Father Won
Best Director Erik Matti Won
Best Actor John Lloyd Cruz Won
Best Supporting Actress Meryll Soriano Won
Best Screenplay Michiko Yamamoto Won
Best Musical Scoring Erwin Romulo Won
32nd PMPC Star Awards for Movies
Movie of the Year Honor Thy Father Nominated
Movie Director of the Year Erik Matti Nominated
Movie Actor of the Year John Lloyd Cruz Nominated
Movie Actress of the Year Meryll Soriano Nominated
Movie Supporting Actor of the Year Tirso Cruz III Won
Danilo Fernandez Nominated
Movie Child Performer of the Year Krystal Brimner Nominated
Movie Screenwriter of the Year Michiko Yamamoto Won
Movie Cinematographer of the Year Ber Cruz Won
Movie Production Designer of the Year Ericson Navarro Nominated
Movie Editor of the Year Jay Halili Nominated
Movie Musical Scorer of the Year Erwin Romulo Nominated
Movie Sound Engineer of the Year Mikko Quizon Nominated