Private Project

Graceland

During a night of insomnia, Gustavo reflects on the changing perception of reality, which is altered by his gradual loss of sight, leading to blindness.

  • Tomás Corredor
    Director
  • Tomás Corredor
    Writer
  • Tomás Corredor
    Producer
  • Diana Bustamante
    Producer
    Memoria (2020), Land and Shade, The Sacrifice, Buy Me a Gun, The Wind Journeys, Crab Trap
  • Gustavo Corredor
    Key Cast
    "Gustavo"
  • Diana Bustamante, Jorge Forero
    Execitive Producers
  • Carlos Andrés Vallejo
    DOP
  • Angélica Perea
    Art Direction
  • Sebastían Hernández, Diana Bustamante
    Editing
  • Burning Blue
    Co-Producer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Essay
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 59 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    12,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Colombia
  • Country of Filming:
    Colombia
  • Language:
    Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Alexa XT
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • 8 FirenzeFilmCortiFestival
    Firenze
    Italy
    September 24, 2021
    European premiere
    Semi Finalist
  • Colombia en Corto / Cinemateca de Bogotá
    Bogotá
    Colombia
    March 13, 2020
    Colombian Premiere
  • 15 Festival de Cine Independiente de Villa de Leyva
    Villa de Leyva
    Colombia
    November 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • 13 Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali · FICCALI
    Cali
    Colombia
    November 19, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Bucharest ShortCut CineFest
    Bucharest
    Romania
    European premiere
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Burning
    Distributor
    Country: Colombia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Tomás Corredor

Tomás Corredor is a Colombian director and photographer based in Nairobi. Beginning his career, he was 1st AD in various short films and tv spots. Since then, he has worked as director of several television commercials shooting for important companies and advertising agencies in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Kenya. Parallel to his professional activity, he has also worked as a filmmaking teacher since 2002 at different universities and film schools in Colombia. He is currently working on his first feature film titled November and ready for screening the short film Graceland.

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Director Statement

When my father told me that he had chronic insomnia, my first reaction was to feel and show compassion for the challenging moment he was going through. However, contrary to expectations, he told me that I did not have to worry about him because during those nights when he was sleepless at bedtime, there was no despair, tiredness nor suffering; he explained that he was sleepless because he was living his life in peace during the night, when everyone else was asleep.
I then remembered reading many years ago "The General in His Labyrinth" by Gabriel García Márquez and associated my father’s situation with that of José Laurencio Silva; the character in the book who slept during the day and worked during the night because of the fear of knowing that he, like several members of his family, would become blind. Similarly, my father did not only suffer from insomnia; he, like José Laurencio, is going blind.
From a conversation between a father and a son, placed somewhere between reality and fiction, GRACELAND was born. This short film narrates a night of insomnia in which Gustavo, my father, confronts himself at the age of seventy-two years with a progressive, irreversible and incurable loss of sight which very soon will leave him in total blindness.
GRACELAND is a film that moves across the borders of what’s real and the imaginary; an experience full of visual explorations reflecting the process of becoming blind and creating an atmosphere that I, as a writer and director, imagine, understand and perceive about my father’s condition.