Philippines/USA / 2012 / 84 mins / Tagalog w/ English subtitles
Crime / Thriller

GracelandOne Screening Only
Date: Saturday September 28th, 2013
Time: 1:00pm
The Broadway Theatre
$10 (Admittance restricted to persons over 18)
Film contains sequences of Violence, Action, Nudity, Sexuality, Kidnapping
Certifications:  Philippines:R-18

Director: Ron Morales
Screenplay: Ron Morales
Cast: Leon Miguel, Arnold Reyes, Menggie Cobarrubias, Dido De La Paz
Producer(s): Rebecca Lundgren, Sam Rider
Company: Films We Like

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In this unpredictable and tightly-paced thriller, family man Marlon Villar — a longtime chauffeur to corrupt Filipino politician Manuel Chango — is faced with an unthinkable predicament when he is ambushed while driving both his boss’s and his own daughter home from school one afternoon. In the chaos of the kidnapping attempt, things go horribly awry and Marlon’s daughter is taken and held for ransom instead. Desperate to save his daughter, Marlon must navigate the conflicting motives between the ruthless kidnappers, untrustworthy Chango and determined detectives eager to name him a suspect without letting on the wrong girl was taken hostage. As events spin wildly out of control, Marlon, Chango and their families are forced into a rapid downward spiral of deceit and betrayal that will leave no one innocent.​


  • Nominated Grand Prix at Ghent International Film Festival
  • Jury Award at San Diego Asian Film Festival
  • Multiple Nominations Star Award at Star Awards for Movies
  • 2nd Place Audience Award at Tribeca Film Festival


“Graceland … has a ruthlessness rarely attempted by its North American counterparts.” – Globe and Mail

“A tense, twisty cinematic artichoke brimming with moral complexity and intriguing shades of gray.” – Los Angeles Times

“The social and economic pitfalls facing the vast urban underclass of Manila’s sprawling metropolitan area are depicted with unflinching regard in Ron Morales’ observant low-budget Filipino feature, a blend of ruthless crime drama and grim thriller.” – Hollywood Reporter

“It’s a fantastic thriller with outstanding performances that command attention.” Film School Rejects

Programmer’s Opinion

What do you do when your daughter has been kidnapped and your corrupt politician boss’s daughter is killed in a mixed up kidnapping. You continue on with the charade that it is not your daughter who has been kidnapped of course. GRACELAND plays in a similar playground to Kurosawa’s HIGH AND LOW but with much more of a morally ambiguous tale. Corrupt Politicians and Police, Adultery, Pedophilia, Murder, Prostitution and Organ traffic is the world which Marlon lives in and we are given a very dark look into his world.  GRACELAND is not a movie for the faint of heart, it is a gut wrenching drama that will make you question who if anyone is in the right. – John Allison

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