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Erik Matti wins best director, blasts MMFF

images (1)“Honor Thy Father” director Erik Matti took home the Best Director award at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) awards night at Kia Theater in Cubao Sunday.

The win came after the controversial disqualification of his film from the Best Picture race.

Matti was a no-show at the awards night but a representative read the director’s message.

In his message, Matti aired his grievances against the MMFF, which apparently goes beyond the disqualification of his film.

“Kahit kailan po hindi ako gumagawa ng pelikula para magka-award. Kung may mga reklamo man ako sa MMFF, hindi ‘yun tungkol sa pag-disqualify niyo sa ‘Honor Thy Father’ for the Best Picture category,” Matti said in his message.

Matti likewise lamented the current state of the film festival.

“Naglabas na ng statement ang producer namin na si Dondon Monteverde. Sang-ayon ako sa mga sinabi niya doon. Mas malalim kesa diyan ang disappointment ko sa MMFF. Mula sa pagpili niyo sa mga sineng isasali hanggang sa pagkunsinti niyo sa masahol na trato ng ibang sinehan sa ibang pelikula, lalo na ng maliliit na producers, para sa isang die-hard movie fan na gaya ko, hindi ko na halos makilala ang film festival na dati kong hinangaan at nirespeto,” he said.

He also thanked the MMFF for starting a discussion among filmmakers and moviegoers.

“Maraming salamat po sa libreng publicity, at higit sa lahat, sa pagbukas ng pinto para pag-usapan na sa wakas ng filmmakers pati ng moviegoers ang mga hinahangad nilang pagbabago para sa MMFF. Sa lahat naman ng Pilipinong hindi pa rin nagsasawang manood ng mga gawa namin dito, salamat po sa inyo. You deserve better. Kaya tulungan niyo naman kami,” he said.

Matti then urged the public to “demand for better films” and “better choices in the cinemas.”

“Kaya pa natin baguhin ito. Hindi ako titigil kung hindi kayo titigil. Hindi na ito tungkol sa ‘Honor Thy Father.’ Buong industriya ng paggawa at panonood ng pelikulang Pilipino ang usapan na ‘to. Kaya, salamat na rin sa inyo, MMFF. Binuhay niyo ang pag-asa ko para sa pagbabago. Inaalay namin ni Michiko (Yamamoto) ang award na ito para sa pelikulang Pilipino,” he said.

Meanwhile, “Walang Forever” director Dan Villegas, who, along with “All You Need is Pag-Ibig” director Antoinette Jadaone, took home the award for Best Original Story, also encouraged the audience to support all MMFF films, especially ‘Honor Thy Father.”

“Panoorin po natin lahat ng pelikulang Pilipino na kasali sa MMFF especially Honor Thy Father. Napanood ko po siya and I highly recommend it,” he said.

“Walang Forever” producer Atty. Joji Alonso, likewise, acknowledged Matti and Monteverde, and all those involved in the making of “Honor Thy Father” for their advocacy.

Aside from bagging the Best Director award, the John Lloyd Cruz-starrer also won Best Supporting Actor for Tirso Cruz III, Best Make Up, Best Original Theme Song and Best Child Performer.

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