Interview with Director Jose Maria Cabral for Checkmate which will premiere at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Television host David Hernandez seems to have everything a beautiful wife, a big house, fancy car and a beautiful son. But when a caller to his show reveals that he is holding his family hostage, David is forced to watch as his darkest secrets are revealed on live television. A tense story of kidnapping, drugs and infidelity, Checkmate is more than the usual crime drama but a complicated tale of one man s dark past and a city, glued to their televisions, watching his downfall in real time.
This directorial debut for Jos Mar a Cabral is only the Dominican Republic s fourth ever submission to the Academy Awards but comes at a time when the local industry is booming recent changes in legislation have boosted production from an average of two features a year to ten last year. Cabral s thriller boasts slick cinematography and a story that only gets more complicated as it progresses. Actors Adri n Mas and Sergio Carlo give breakout performances as the besieged David and his maniacal tormentor.