John Lloyd Cruz on MMFF snub: Film Fest isn't just for "siguradong blockbuster"

His crime thriller didn't make the cut.


( When the news broke that John Lloyd Cruz shaved his head for a gritty role in an Erik Matti movie, people wondered if it would make this year's Metro Manila Film Festival list. It did...but only as a reserve entry.


The film, entitled Conman (formerly known as Honor Thy Father) is a crime thriller about a man caught in a Ponzi scheme. "It’s a story about a man na merong napakadilim na past na tinalikuran na niya dahil sa pamilya," explained John Lloyd to "Pero dahil sa current circumstances na kinakaharap niya, napilitan siyang kumapit sa patalim. Parang sinusukat 'yong kanyang pagkatao."



Conman will only enter the festival if one of the eight entries back out or is unable to finish on time. When asked about his reaction to the snub, John Lloyd said, "Sayang kasi parang naniwala talaga kami na merong naghahanap ng ganitong klaseng pelikula sa ganoong panahon 'di ba, sa MMFF season."



In a previous interview, he said that he believed the MMFF is for all movies, adding, "Hindi lang naman sa siguradong blockbuster or tumatabo sa takilya."


John Lloyd also said that plans to release the movie for a regular run are still being discussed. 

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