Set in the urban underbelly of Manila, Graceland is a provocative thriller from Ron Morales, writer/director of 2008’s award-winning Santa Mesa (Special Jury Award, SFIAAFF 2008). Where Santa Mesa was a warm and touching outsider’s view of the Philippines, Graceland gives us a cold taste of the Philippine streets from the point of view of a native, but with no less humanity, nor heart.
Dedicated chauffeur Marlon Villar has enough to worry about with a hospitalized wife and brooding daughter. He must also always turn a blind eye to the morally bankrupt behavior of his employer, the corrupt Congressman Manuel Changho. When kidnappers ambush both of their daughters, Marlon finds himself at the mercy of both the bloodthirsty kidnappers and Changho himself. What follows is a harrowing chronicle of the decisions Marlon must make to potentially rescue his daughter.
Graceland features back-to-back scenes of high tension and edge-of-your-seat suspense, thanks to Morales’ sharp and intelligent direction. With outstanding performances across the board, including Leon Miguel as the vicious kidnapper and Dido De La Paz as a hardened detective, Graceland is a powerhouse of a thriller that disturbs, entertains and provokes—and never lets you catch your breath.
Executive Producer: Eric Ulrich, David Raymond, Theo Brooks
Producer: Rebecca Lundgren, Sam Rider
Cinematographer: Sung Rae Cho
Writer: Ron Morales
Editor: James Lesage, Ron Morales, Jorge Olortegui
Sound: Steve 'Major' Giammaria
Music: Adam Schoenberg, Steven Schoenberg
Cast: Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido de la Paz, Leon Miguel