Conman: Honor Thy Father may have been a last-minute replacement entry at the 2015 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), nevertheless, the film is expected to shine along with the rest.
With award-winning director Erik Matti at the helm, Conman: Honor Thy Father stars John Lloyd Cruz and Meryll Soriano.
John Lloyd and Meryll play a married couple who con their fellow church members out of their hard-earned money. The movie had its world premiere at the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film last September, and was acclaimed by critics for Direk Erik’s “fluid, skilled direction” and John Lloyd’s “tightly wound performance.”
Direk Erik says, “I hope [viewers] identify with the story, and find the characters intriguing – even which sector of society we’re tackling in the story. Marami sa ating naloloko rin, so I hope makita nila ang sarili nila. Lahat tayo dumaan na rin sa ganun.”
What makes the movie even more relevant, according to Direk Erik, is the fact that in today’s world, “parang yung crime ngayon, legit na.”
It may have taken different forms, but this does not make it any less evil. “Pare-pareho lang naman sila: multi-level marketing, simbahan, [and even] acetylyne gang,” adds Direk Erik.
"Gusto ko pag-uwi ng audience, sila ang magde-decide kung tama ba ang simbahan dito," he adds.
“We wanted to do a serious film for John Lloyd,” shares Direk Erik of his first collaboration with the actor. The success of the production, he says, boils down to the actors.
“It would have been a totally different tone if I wasn’t dealing with really good actors. I couldn’t cover one person in a shot kasi alam mo tuloy-tuloy, nandun sa eksena. If it were difficult actors, I guess it would have to be maraming sino-solve sa editing. This one, the tone we wanted was really like this,” ends Direk Erik.