Motel Acacia – Synopsis

In a sex motel, tasked with exterminating immigrants by the town council, resides a BED with the spirit of a Filipino tree demon that eats men and impregnates women. This winter, Motel Acacia’s tyrannical Caucasian owner begins grooming JC, his newly arrived half-Filipino son, to take over the business.

When his father dies in a blizzard, JC finds himself snowed in and trapped in the motel with the men his father was suppose to kill. With food running out, the starving Bed starts to infest the motel. JC struggles to keep everyone alive, especially Angeli, a woman hired to lure the immigrants to the motel. In love, he realises that to win her over, and emancipate himself from his father’s shadow, he has to face becoming more beast than man.

 

Director’s Biography

Bradley Liew is a 28-year-old Malaysian-born Philippines-based filmmaker who works as a Director, Cinematographer and Producer in both countries. In 2012, he was accepted into the Asian Film Academy of the Busan International Film Festival where he won the Lumos Award for Outstanding Performance from celebrated Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. He is also an alumnus of the NAFF Fantastic Film School, Berlinale Talents, Tokyo Talents, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, EAVE Ties That Bind and the Sam Spiegel International Film Lab.

In 2016, he completed his first feature film, a Malaysian-Philippine co-production entitled Singing in Graveyards, which was the recipient of the Visions Sud Est Production Support Fund, the Southeast Asian Film Lab’s Most Promising Project Award and the Talents Tokyo Next Masters Support Program International Promotion Fund. It made its world premiere in-competition at the Venice International Film Festival Critics’ Week. It went on to compete in festivals such as Thessaloniki, Mostra Sao Paulo, Busan, Hawaii, Minsk, Singapore and won best film in both Kolkata and Malaysia.

In development is his second feature film script, Motel Acacia, which was part of the 2017 Sam Spiegel International Film Lab, the 2016 EAVE Ties That Bind and the 2015 NAFF IT Project of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. It was recently awarded the 2017 Talents Tokyo Next Masters Program Project Development Fund and has been accepted into the 2018 Berlinale Co-Production Market.

He is also the Producer of Lav Diaz’s upcoming anti-musical Season Of The Devil, and his highly anticipated gangster film-noir Kapag Wala Nang Mga Alon (When The Waves Are Gone) with producing partner Bianca Balbuena. It recently won the Paris CoProduction Village award at the Hong Kong Asia Financing Forum (HAF).

Selected Filmography:

Motel Acacia (Financing Stages) – To be completed 2019
Director, Writer & Producer
• Berlinale Co-Production Market 2018, Sam Spiegel International Film Lab 2017, EAVE Ties That Bind 2016, NAFF IT Project Market – Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2015, Talents Tokyo Next Masters Support Program – Project Development Fund Awardee 2017.

Singing In Graveyards (2016)
Director, Writer, Producer & Editor
• Venice International Film Critics’ Week 2016 In Competition, Busan IFF 2016, QCinema IFF 2016, Mostra Sao Paulo IFF 2016, Hawaii IFF 2016, Thessaloniki IFF 2016, Kolkata IFF 2016 – BEST FILM, Minsk IFF Listapad 2016, Salamindanaw IFF 2016, Entrevues Belfort IFF 2016, Jogja-Netpac IFF 2016, Singapore IFF 2016, Glasgow IFF 2017, Malaysia IFF 2017 – BEST FILM, Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017, CAAMFEST 2017, Vilnius IFF 2017, Fribourg IFF 2017, Soundscreen Film Festival 2017, Bangkok ASEAN IFF 2017, Shanghai IFF 2017, Taipei FF 2017, Pacific Meridian FF Vladivostok 2017
• Visions Sud Est Production Support Fund 2016, Southeast Asian Film Lab 2014 (WINNER Development Prize), Tokyo Talents Next Masters Support Program International Promotion Fund 2016

Season Of The Devil (2018), Director Lav Diaz
Producer
• Berlinale 2018

Those Long Haired Nights (2017), Director Gerardo Calagui
Producer, Cinematographer, Editor
• Busan IFF 2017, Thessaloniki IFF 2017 In Competition, QCinema IFF 2017, Taipei Golden Horse 2017, Hawaii IFF 2018

Kapag Wala Nang Mga Alon (When The Waves Are Gone), Director Lav Diaz, to be completed 2019
Producer
• Winner, Paris CoProduction Village Award – HAF Project Market 2016, Hong Kong IFF 2016, Paris CoProduction Village 2016

Feature Documentaries:

Speed, Glue & Shinky (In Post production) – To be completed 2018
Director, Writer & Producer
• Japan Foundation Grant Awardee 2015

Short Films:

Xing (2014)
Director, Writer, Producer & Editor
• Busan International Film Festival 2014 – Official Competition, Singapore International Film Festival 2014 – Official Competition, Fribourg International Film Festival 2015 – Official Competition, Locarno International Film Festival 2015 – Filmmakers Academy Screening, 27th Festival Filem Malaysia 2015 – Best Short Film Nominee, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2015 – Light Of Asia Section, Cambodia International Film Festival 2015 – Panorama Section

We Need To Break Up (2013)
Director, Co-Producer, Writer & Editor
• Tropfest South East Asia 2014 – Winner Audience Choice Award

Sunrise (2013) Director, Producer, Writer & Editor
• Short Shorts Tokyo 2014 – Asian Shorts Exhibition Sweden, ASEAN International Film Festival 2013 – Official Competition, Eastern Breeze International Film Festival Canada 2013 – Official Competition, Salamindanaw International Film Festival, Philippines 2013 – Official Competition