In "Swap" Tonyo (Matt Daclan) makes a living as a chauffeur for a wealthy Chinese family in Cebu. He and his wife (Dionne Monsanto) are struggling with the disappearance of their young son, who was kidnapped by a group of criminals. The captors demand Tonyo to kidnap the son of his prosperous Chinese boss, in exchange for his own. Overtaken by desperation, Tonyo teams up with local police forces and devises a plan to draw out the kidnappers. Unfortunately, communications between him and the man in charge of the operation, agent Sanchez (Mon Confiado), aren’t exactly running smoothly, resulting in various complications. As the clock keeps ticking away, Tony’s desperation reaches critical levels. And this is just the surface of much more sinister social fissures. Playing out in one impressive long take, this literal maze takes us through the traumatic family ordeal amid the backdrop of political turmoil in 1980s Philippines. The entire film was recorded in one single take, which demanded near perfection from its cast and crew.
Inspired by the director’s own kidnapping when he was a toddler, "Swap" immediately manages to stand out from other films in the genre. The entire film was recorded in one single take, which demanded near perfection from its cast and crew. Exceptional transitions and a non-linear adaptation of the original story turn "Swap" into an exceptional film and a utterly unique viewing experience.
Its director, Remton Zuasola, is a Cebuano filmmaker who burst onto the international scene in 2010, when he released his first feature film, "Ang Damgo ni Eleuteria". The film became Asia’s first feature film shot entirely in a single take. This has now become the Cebuano filmmaker’s signature style.