Motel Acacia

Cine 2 - 10/04/2020 - 16:30


Festival 2020 cancelled.

A snowed-in country road, not far from the Canadian border. A billboard alongside the road reads: “Make our country great again!”. JC, a young Filipino, takes in the landscape, while his European father drives him to the family motel. The building is as charming as a Nazi bunker and clients are rare. However, the business thrives thanks to subsidies from the city in exchange for getting rid of a certain undesirable ethnic group… In a political context in which migrants are considered not only as second-rate civilians but as a social disease, the logical conclusion of this ideology is an Endlösing: first quarantine, then total extermination. As if Norman Bates suddenly got government funds to open up his motel exclusively to illegal aliens with a clear objective: never let them leave the shower again… A hard-hitting political allegory aimed at Trump, Bolsonaro and similar hate-mongers, but things aren’t as straight-forward as they seem. Director Bradley Lew never loses sight of the foundations of the horror film and serves his stew with a vicious aftertaste. You should know that ALIEN and THE THING were major influences during filming. Just sayin’.


Year 2019
Director Bradley Liew
Cast JC Santos,
Jan Bijvoet,
Nicholas Saputra,
Agot Isidro,
Vithaya Pansringarm,
Bront Palarae,
Talia Zucker,
Will Jaymes,
Perry Dizon
Distributor Picture Tree International GmbH
Genre(s) disaster, monster movie
Audience CNA
Running time 92'
Country Slovenia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand
Audio ENG O.V.
Subtitles ENG. & BIL. ST
Premiere European Premiere
Competition(s) White Raven Competition