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Ordinary People

Pamilya Ordinaryo
Philippines 2016, 107’
subtitles: Polish and English
director: Eduardo Roy, Jr.
screenplay: Eduardo Roy, Jr.
cinematography: lbert Banzon
editing: Carlo Francisco Manatad
music: Erwin Fajardo
cast: Ronwaldo Martin, Hasmine Killip, Maria Isabel Lopez, Sue Prado, Ruby Ruiz, Moira Lang, Karl Medina, Erlinda Villalobos, Domingo Cobarrubias, Paolo Rodriguez, John Bon Andrew Lentejas, John Vincent Servilla, Rian Magtaan, Myla Monido, Alora Sasam, Ruth Alferez
producer: John Tan, Ferdinand Lapuz
production: Found Films
language: Tagalog
colouration: colour

Awards and festivals

Cinemalaya Independent FF 2016 – Best Film, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Actress, NETPAC Award; Venice IFF 2016 - Venice Days Audience Award; London East Asian Film Festival - Special Mention for Best Director and Best Actress; Hanoi IFF 2016 - Best Director Award; Best Actress Award

Film description

Jane and Aries are very young, and at first they almost seem like regular teenagers. They like fashionable haircuts, taking selfies, they argue, break up and get back together. But they live on the streets of the hot, dangerous Manila, where glue sniffing, thefts, and sleeping in cardboard boxes is their day-to-day reality. Recently, a child came into their lives. They cope as best they can, even if it means taking drastic measures. But one day, the child disappears in mysterious circumstances.

Eduardo Roy Jr. shows the life of this (un)ordinary family in a frank, direct way, easily crossing the border between a para-documentary drama and an energetic thriller. The world of the streets, brutal and full of challenges, is intriguing and surprising. Its protagonists hypnotize with their energy and determination, although their behavior is definitely controversial. In his powerful script, Roy asks the most fundamental ethic questions, but avoids didacticism and opens the floor for debate. The dynamic camera closely follows the characters, inviting the audience into their lives, but the director also introduces footage from industrial cameras, reminding us that there is a lot we cannot see sitting in a cinema seat. He manages to show the ambivalent situation of his characters, who can only count on themselves, but are filled with emotions and ready to fight for what is most important.

Jagoda Murczyńska

Eduardo Roy Jr.

Gratutated from New Era University in Quezon City and the Philippine School of Interior Design (PSID). Worked as an interior designer, at the same time directing and writing soap opera scripts. His films were acclaimed at international film festivals (including Berlin, Vancouver, and Vesoul). He was the guest of the 8th Five Flavours in 2008.


2002 Ulirat (kr.m.)

2006 Ang pinakamahabang one night stand (kr.m.)

2011 Fabryka dzieci / Bahay Bata / Baby Factory

2013 Metamorfoza / Quick Change

2016 Zwyczajna rodzina / Pamilya Ordinaryo / Ordinary Family

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