Erik Matti’s Ponzi scheme drama, “Honor Thy Father,” is making waves months after it was first shown in theaters and festivals.
This as the movie which became controversial because it was eliminated in the best picture awards in the recent Metro Manila film festival that triggered protests and an investigation by Congress, won awards in the New York and Switzerland film festivals.
The movie’s lead star John Lloyd Cruz became the first Filipino and Southeast Asian actor to win the Star Asia award for the same film by the New York Asian Film Festival which he personally accepted early this month.
John Lloyd was one of three recipients of the award from the New York filmfest together with Hong Kong’s Miriam Yeung and South Korea’s Lee Byung-hun.
The international recognition came less than a month after John Lloyd won the Gawad Urian Best Actor also for “Honor Thy Father.”
And only last week, “Honor Thy Father” won the award for Best Asian Film in the Asian Competition section of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland.
The award, given by the audience, marked the first time a Filipino film won in this genre film festival established in 2000 and dedicated to “fantastic movies.”
“Honor Thy Father” has come a long way since its controversial disqualification in the Best Picture category of last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival, reported Edwin Sallan in Interaksyon.
Since then, the film received numerous honors from other local award giving bodies. Last February, it won six awards in the Gawad Tanglaw : Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for John Lloyd Cruz, Best Supporting Actress for Meryll Soriano (in a tie with Pilar Pilapil for “Etiquettes for Mistresses”), Best Screenplay for Michiko Yamamoto and Best Musical Scoring for Erwin Romulo.
Last March, the movie won Movie Supporting Actor for actor Tirso Cruz III, Movie Screenwriter (Yamamoto) and Movie Cinematographer (Ber Cruz) of the Year at the 2016 PMPC Star Awards for Movies .