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Pamilya Ordinaryo Wins the BNL People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Venice Days


After winning numerous awards at the recent 2016 Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival, Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s Pamilya Ordinaryo went on to claim success in the 13th Venice Days at this year’s Venice Film Festival, winning the BNL People’s Choice Award.


Pamilya Ordinaryo is a bare, unsentimental view into the life of a brash teenage couple, Jane and Aries, living out on the streets in poverty, trying to get by however they can to provide for their baby. They put an aggressive front before the unflinching, unforgiving world, until tragedy strikes when their child goes missing.


Pamilya is Eduardo Roy, Jr.’s third full-length film, after his award-winning films Bahay Bata (2011) and Quick Change (2013), both also featured at the Cinemalaya. Having worked as a writer for TV series, Roy gets to the core of his social milieus, exposing the humanity of his characters in his works as they survive through their bleak circumstances. Pamilya won Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actress, Best Director, and the Main Competition NETPAC Jury Prize at the 2016 Cinemalaya last month.


The Venice Days is an “an independent event on the fringes of the Venice Film Festival” with the aim to “draw attention to high quality cinema, without any kind of restriction, with special care for innovation, research, originality and independence.” Pamilya Ordinaryo was one of twelve films in the official selection of the event, with the BNL People’s Choice Award resulting from the votes of the fest’s audience, 70.3% of which was won by the film, an unexpected surprise to director Roy.


With their success, Roy and the Pamilya Ordinaryo cast and crew continue to prove the immense value and growing prestige of our Filipino cinema, both in the international and local scenes.


Film Development Council of the Philippines