Graceland Movie – A Story About Kidnapping

graceland 2012 sceneKidnapping is business. Over 500 known cases of kidnapping were reported in the Philippines in recent years. Graceland is a story of just one.

Set in contemporary Metro Manila, watch Graceland online free to follow Marlon Villar, a family man who works as the chauffeur of Mr. Manuel Changho, a corrupted politician, and his family. Marlon’s preteen daughter, Elvie, and the politician’s daughter, Sophia, are best friends. While driving them to school, Marlon is pulled over and held at gunpoint by a kidnapper disguised as a police officer. The problem is the wrong girl is kidnapped.

Propelled into a downward spiral of cover-ups and deceit, Marlon is forced to aid the kidnapper in order to save his daughter. As the truth unravels, Marlon must choose a life for every lie.

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The Cast

Menggie Cobarrubias is a recognized and respected actor seen in film, television, and on stage in the Philippines for over three decades. In1980, he won the Gawad Urian Award for Best Supporting Actor, Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (Critics Award), and was nominated for Best Supporting Actor FAMAS (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences). Menggie also won an award for his acting in the film Jaguar by renowned Filipino Director Lino Brocka.

Dido de la Paz started his acting career in Repertory Philippines, one of the most prestigious and respected theatre companies in the Philippines. From 1976 to date he has performed in over 250 straight plays and musicals. One of his most memorable roles was Claudius in Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Teatro Pilipino. A resident actor of Repertory Philippines, Dido has been a guest actor in other noted theatre groups in the Philippines such as Teatro Pilipino, PETA, MAYI productions, which is now based in the United States, TOP, Dramatis Personae, Tanghalang Pilipino (the Cultural Center of the Philippines resident theatre company), and Komedya Pilipinas Foundation.

He recently won the 2009 Gawad Buhay, the Philstage Awards for the Performing Arts, for Outstanding Featured Male Performer in a play for his performance as Don Perico in the Philippine’s classic play Portrait of an Artist as Filipino. Dido is also a movie and television actor and is presently a major character in the famous soap opera Mara Clara. He has also been performed in foreign movies and television productions from the United States, Germany, France, Italy, and Japan. Filmed in Australia and Sri Lanka, Dido was involved in the HBO production Dangerous Lives, a story about the revolution against martial law in the Philippines. Furthermore, he is a commercial model and voice talent for television. A compelling actor, Dido believes that acting is a never-ending process of learning.

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In the span of ten years, Leon Miguel has established a successful career in film, theatre, television shows and commercials in the Philippines. He is a member of the Actors Guild of the Philippines, Artist Welfare Project and United Workers of Film and Television Industry. Leon broke into the international film scene through movies and television presentations, and has appeared in many American, Japanese and Italian movies shot in the Philippines, namely In the Name of the Queen directed by Bram van Erkel, Behind Enemy Lines by Mark Griffiths, Legacy by T. J. Scott and Going Back by Sydney Furie. Furthermore, he acted in the films Disarmed directed by Tom Shell and Subject I love You directed by Francis de la Torre.

He has also participated in the documentary film Kidnapped Abroad by James Bryce. Yo can watch Graceland to see how he performs his role, also he plays in Regalo by Carlo Alvarez and White Eye by Sean Ellis. He is a regular cast member of the television show Daisy Siete. Other shows he appeared in, to name a few, are Twin Hearts, Habang kapiling ka, Forever in My Heart, Te amo, and Encantadia. While continuing to explore new artistic challenges, Leon also uses his talent to the benefit of others, teaching acting workshops and donating his time to charity work.

An upcoming teen actress, Ella Guevara is a regular player in the Philippine show business scene. She started showing her natural talent at the age of five in a Network Kiddie Talent Search, through which she became a household name and eventually the runner-up in the competition. From there, Ella’s career kicked off, bringing her roles in commercials, TV shows and movies. Ella won her first acting awards at the age of six. She is surely a mix of beauty, talent and brains. Ella is a very promising young talent and she also recognizes that she has more to offer as an actress. Look out for more of her as she is “on the rise.”

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Angeli Bayani joined the Tanghalang Pilipino Actors’ Company, the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2002. Since then she has established a name for herself through productions such as Hudhud (Musical), An Ifugao Romance, R’meo Luvs Dew-lhiett and Noli Me Tangere The Musical. In 2008, she performed with the Japanese theater company Rin Ko Gun/Good Fellows in Ang Unang Aswang in Japan. Thereafter, she has continued to be acclaimed by the critics for her compelling performances, most notably in Saan Ba Tayo Ihahatid Ng Disyembre?, Doc Resurreccion: Gagamutin Ang Bayan and Frank Wedekind’s Lulu.

Television credits include: Lip Gloss, Zorro, Nagsimula Sa Puso and Pilyang Kerubin. Film credits include: Ang Huling Araw Ng Linggo, Adela, Esclaves de Mers and Pink Halo-Halo. Her first Lav Diaz film, the 9 ½-hour Kagadanan Sa Banwaan Ning Mga Engkanto (Death In The Land Of Encantos) was awarded the Special Mention Prize, Orizzonti at the 64th Venice International Film Festival in 2007. In 2008, Angeli was presented the Vic Silayan Award for Best Actress for her second Lav Diaz film Melancholia. She was also nominated in the 32nd Gawad Urian 2009 for the same role. In 2010, Angeli received a Gawad Buhay citation for Outstanding Female Lead Performance for playing Monette (Irina) in Tanghalang Pilipino’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, Tatlong Mariya. She is part of the work-in-progress The Erotic Human by Danish poet and film director Jørgen Leth.

Patricia Ona Gayod, or Trish, is a 5th grade student, child actress, television host and cast member of the musical Playshop Kids. During her young career, Trish has already received many prestigious awards such as the Best Children Show in Happy Land and the Best Children TV Host in the 24th Star Awards, the Best Child Performance of the Year in a Movie for her acting in the Indie Film Puntod by Director Cesar Apolinario in the 26th Phil Movie Press Club, the Anak TV Seal Awards as a Child TV Host for Happy Land, Young Achiever Awardee for Academic and Entertainment in the 28th Dangal Ng Bayan Award, Trumpets Playshop Idol 2010 in the Junior Division in Grand Winner and Best New Female TV Personality for Dagat by Director Jeffrey Jeturian in the 22nd Starts Awards. Recently, she finished filming her second feature film, Graceland by Ron Morales.

Angie Ferro is one of the leading lights of Philippine cinema and theater. Some of Ms. Ferro’s film credits include: Santiago, Mananayaw, Mother Igncio, and Darba at Ding. Some of Ms. Ferro’s theater credits include:s Daisy Siete and Darating Ang Umaga. Ms. Ferro was awarded the Best Supporting Actress distinction from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards for her role in When the Crow Turns White, When the Hero Turns Black. In 2005, Ms. Ferro was also nominated for a Gawad Urian Award for her role in Evolution of a Filipino Family. In 2008, she acted in Ron Morales’ first feature film Santa Mesa.

Ron Morales’ Statement

There is nothing graceful about a land known for kidnapping for ransom, political corruption, and sex trade industry. Since 2008, I researched these subject matters through articles, interviews, and visits to my homeland, the Philippines, which shaped and colored the story of Graceland. It is a tale that needs to be told not only because of the harsh realities of a developing county, but because the social abuse on its lower class.

As a director, I focus on character struggle. The story is built on the choices that are made and how those are dealt with. It was important not to depict the common picture of slums or to create a visceral backdrop of Manila. Instead I portray what I encountered through a simple man whom anyone can relate to.

Stylistically, I decided to use wider lenses and naturalistic lighting to stay within the characters’ personal space, to be with them, to hear their breaths, and to feel their fears. From a traditional training, I freed the shot set up to capture natural performances, thus enhancing the story and subject matter.