HONOR THY FATHER
Directed by Erik Matti
Edgar is a family man, living well off with his wife and daughter. But when a secret regarding their finances is exposed, their comfort is put in jeopardy by the very friends they have come to trust. Edgar’s life starts to collapse around him as he struggles to secure the safety of his family and seek vengeance against his betrayers.
HONOR THY FATHER challenges the security we take for granted: spousal, communal, and religious. Instead, violence, guns, and dirt pave the road to retribution, augmented by cinematographer Ber Cruz’ depiction of the Filipino provinces. Directed by Erik Matti (On the Job, SDAFF ’13) with uncompromising grit and drama that surrounds every corner with claustrophobic tension, HONOR THY FATHER wraps its darkness in restless love. Edgar is pursuant of his family’s future in a way that only breeds desperation, proving that not all redemptions are clean. –Justin Ricafort
2012: Tiktik: The Aswang Chronicles
2013: On the Job (Directors’ Fortnight, 2013 Cannes Film Festival)
Writer: Michiko Yamamoto
Starring: John Lloyd Cruz, Meryll Soriano, Tirso Cruz III