Honor Thy Father, Erik Matti’s taut drama-thriller about a family man taking matters into his own hands when his family gets threatened for their involvement in an unraveling Ponzi scheme, grabbed the top spot in the Best Film category of the 5th Annual Pinoy Rebyu Poll for excellence in Philippine cinema in 2015 as voted by online film reviewers. This is the second time that a Matti film has topped the category, after On the Job was picked Best Film in 2013. Honor Thy Father beat out second placer Apocalypse Child and third placer Anino sa Likod ng Buwan.

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Other films in the top 10 include Heneral Luna, Imbisibol, An Kubo sa Kawayanan, Manang Biring,  Dayang Asu, Bambanti, and Ari: My Life with a King.

John Lloyd Cruz, who plays the lead in Honor Thy Father, is the voters’ runaway choice for Best Lead Performance, ahead of John Arcilla for Heneral Luna and LJ Reyes for Anino sa Likod ng Buwan.

Tirso Cruz III, who plays a charismatic bishop in Honor Thy Father, was picked for Best Supporting Performance, beating out his Honor Thy Father co-star Meryll Soriano and Apocalypse Child‘s Annicka Dolonius.

Honor Thy Father also topped the categories for screenplay (Michiko Yamamoto), cinematography (Ber Cruz), and soundtrack (Erwin Romulo for original score, various artists for songs).

Jun Lana led the Best Director poll for Anino sa Likod ng Buwan, a one-take, two-hour film about a refugee couple and a soldier who suspects them to be communist rebels. Lana edged out Matti (Honor Thy Father) and Mario Cornejo (Apocalypse Child).

Apocalypse Child topped the editing category (for Lawrence Ang), while Heneral Luna topped the Best Scene category for the memorable Luna assassination sequence.

Jethro Patalinghug’s My Revolutionary Mother was deemed the best documentary, while Ara Chawdhury’s Miss Bulalacao topped the Best First Feature category.

Petersen Vargas’ Lisyun Qng Geografia was named top short film, ahead of Sanctissima (Kenneth Dagatan) and Pusong Bato (Martika Ramirez Escobar).

A new category, Best Movie Theater, was topped by Trinoma Cinemas.

 

In summary, here are the 2015 category topnotchers:

 Film: Honor Thy Father

Lead Performance: John Lloyd Cruz, Honor Thy Father

Supporting Performance: Tirso Cruz III, Honor Thy Father

Director: Jun Lana, Anino sa Likod ng Buwan

Documentary: My Revolutionary Mother, Jethro Patalinghug

Screenplay: Honor Thy Father (Michiko Yamamoto)

First Feature: Miss Bulalacao (Ara Chawdhury)

Cinematography: Honor Thy Father (Ber Cruz)

Editing: Apocalypse Child (Lawrence Ang)

Score/Soundtrack: Honor Thy Father (Songs: Various artists, Score: Erwin Romulo)

Scene: Antonio Luna’s assassination (Heneral Luna)

Short Film: Lisyun Qng Geografia (Petersen Vargas)

Movie Theater: Trinoma Cinemas

 

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For a look back at the previous poll toppers from 2011 to 2014, see list below:

 

2011

Film: Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Lead Performance: Lilia Cuntapay, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Supporting Performance: Geraldine Villamil, Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Director: Lav Diaz, Siglo ng Pagluluwal

Documentary: Tundong Magiliw (Jewel Maranan)

Screenplay: Niño (Rody Vera)

First Feature: Six Degrees of Separation from Lilia Cuntapay

Ensemble: Niño

Cinematography: Busong (Louie Quirino)

Short Film: Hindi sa Atin ang Buwan (Jon Lazam)

 

2012

Film: Kalayaan

Lead Performance: Nora Aunor, Thy Womb

Supporting Performance: Art Acuña, Posas

Director: Adolfo Alix Jr., Kalayaan

Documentary: Give Up Tomorrow (Michael Collins)

Screenplay: Colossal (Whammy Alcazaren)

First Feature (tie): Colossal (Whammy Alcazaren) and Pascalina (Pam Miras)

Ensemble (tie): Aparisyon and Mater Dolorosa

Cinematography: Kalayaan (Albert Banzon)

Score/Soundtrack: Kalayaan (Teresa Barrozo)

Scene: Opening mermaid scene in Kalayaan

Short Film: Nang Gabing Maging Sinlaki ng Puso ang Bato ni Darna (Jon Lazam)

 

2013

Film: On the Job

Lead Performance: Joel Torre, On the Job

Supporting Performance: Dick Israel, Badil

Director: Lav Diaz, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan

Documentary: The Search for Weng-Weng (Andrew Leavold)

Screenplay: Sana Dati (Jerrold Tarog)

First Feature: Transit (Hannah Espia)

Ensemble: Transit

Cinematography (tie): Boy Golden: Shoot to Kill (Carlo Mendoza), On the Job (Ricardo Buhay III), Puti (Boy Yñiguez)

Score/Soundtrack: How to Disappear Completely (Eyedress)

Scene: Jhong Hilario discovers Mercedes Cabral’s secret and becomes violent in Badil

Short Film (tie): Onang (JE Tiglao) and Pantomime for Figures Shrouded by Waves (Jon Lazam)

 

2014

Film: Dagitab

Lead Performance: Eula Valdez, Dagitab

Supporting Performance: Barbie Forteza, Mariquina

Director: Jun Lana, Barber’s Tales

Documentary: Little Azkals (Babyruth Villarama)

Screenplay: Dagitab (Giancarlo Abrahan)

First Feature: Dagitab (Giancarlo Abrahan)

Cinematography: Dagitab (Rommel Sales)

Editing: Barber’s Tales (Lawrence Ang)

Score/Soundtrack: Mariquina (Jerrold Tarog [score] and Various Artists [soundtrack])

Scene: Eula Valdez and Martin del Rosario lie on the sand in Dagitab

Short Film: Lisyun Qng Geografia (Petersen Vargas)