PALAU The Movie: Synopsis | Trafalgar Releasing

After his father passes away at age 10, the lives of Luis Palau and his family are changed forever. Within a few years of his father's death, Luis, his siblings, and his mother are left nearly destitute. Luis is forced to discontinue his education at an elite boarding school in Argentina and provide for his family as they slip into poverty.

In the years that follow, Luis devotes his life to God, begins preaching, launches a radio show and, ultimately, is invited to the United States to study and become a missionary. His decision to study in the United States is not easy, and he must leave his mother and four sisters in Argentina to follow in faith what God has called him to do.

During seminary school, Luis is encouraged to plant churches and teach. Yet, since he was a child, God gave him a vision of bringing the good news of Jesus to people across the globe. To eventually fulfill this vision, he must overcome many challenges, including personal impatience and doubts with what seemed to be an enduring process while God was teaching, molding and grooming him. Luis learns to stand firm in the plans God has before him while contending with serious threats to his safety as he began evangelizing in South America amidst violent political turmoil.

An unexpected encounter with Billy Graham would bring about the launch of Luis Palau’s global ministry at a level only God could ordain. Built upon his unwavering belief that the teachings of the Bible and a relationship with God are the foundation of life, Luis presents the GOOD NEWS to millions. From the most influential business and political leaders to everyday people, an unprecedented number of lives are changed. The path is not always easy, but remaining dedicated to the vision God placed in his heart along with his consistent message of hope and love, Luis Palau impacts the world.

This is a true story of a man who was born in a small town in Argentina, committed his whole life to the works of the Lord and embarked on an incredible journey becoming one of the greatest evangelists in history. The legacy of Luis Palau and what God can do with a willing heart will inspire people of faith for generations.


THE CAST

Gaston Pauls as Luis Palau

Gastón Pauls is an Argentinian actor, TV host, writer, director and producer. He started his career on the well-known television series Montaña Rusa. Pauls then starred in Verdad Consecuencia, one of Adrián Suar's first TV hits on Canal 13. In addition to television, Pauls has had numerous roles in major films, including Comanche Territory, Iluminados por el fuego, Felicidades and Nine Queens, which brought him international acclaim. As a stage actor he worked on Desde la lona, Porteños and La gata sobre el tejado de zinc caliente. He has directed and produced numerous TV shows and documentaries including Tres padres solteros, Ser urbano, Dos solos, Human on the Road and All Against Juan. He is currently directing two documentary films, one based on the life of Father Carlos Mugica and another about the media entitled “Fears of Communication.”

Santiago Achaga as young Luis Palau

Santiago Achaga is 18 years old and was born in mar del Plata, Argentina. At age 16, he moved to Buenos Aires to film a show for Nickelodeon. At that moment he left school and started living in the city for six months, and soon after traveled to Mexico and lived there for four months. While in Mexico, he began to work with a production company making feature films, short films, and commercials. He experienced all facets of production; assistant directing, editing, colorist and even directing. Santiago moved back to Argentina to work in the theater version of the TV show he had been doing the year before, and also to finish his studies. Exactly 2 months later he started the second season of the show “Heidi bienvenida a casa”. In July of 2017 he went to a special casting, a casting in English, for a movie from USA. He did his best and a few months later received the call while on the bus, that he was selected for a role in feature film PALAU, and he would play the lead character at the age of 22 years old. The movie was filmed in Argentina. Working with great actors, and with a great team, it became one of the best experiences of his life! Today, Santiago is back in Mexico and is starting a new project this year that is going be a great experience. That’s what life is about, experiences. Enjoy the ride!

Agustin Amoedo as young boy Luis Palau

Agustin Ezequiel Amoedo is 10 years old and was born in Buenos Aires Argentina. He is passionate about art, music, and percussion, which he has studied since the age of 4. Agustin is in 5th grade and loves playing soccer with a local Buenos Aires youth league. With a strong interest in acting, Agustin has been featured in several publicity campaigns and received the role of Luis Jr. in PALAU. This is his first major acting role in a feature film.

Alexia Moyano as Matilda Palau

Born in Patagonia, Argentina, Alexia Moyano has trained in Buenos Aires with Helena Tritek at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) in London and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur d´Art Dramatique (CNSAD) in Paris. Fluent in Spanish, English and French, she has had numerous roles in theatre, cinema, television, and commercials in all three languages. In theatre, Alexia was nominated for the Ace Award for her portrayal of Pilar in “Filosofía de vida,” directed by Javier Daulte. In 2017 she starred in a one-woman adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's “The Yellow Wallpaper,” directed by Sebastian Kalt, in an audiovisual proposal for Centro Cultural San Martin. Also, she was called to narrate “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” alongside concert performers for Chilean orchestra director Pedro Pablo Prudencio, for Buenos Aires Lírica (BAL). Alexia has had various series regular roles in television, with her dearest role as Pucca in “Babylon,” directed by Gaston Portal. Other favorite credits include: “Milagros en Campaña,” directed by Martin Mariani; the Emmy-nominated Studio+ series “Out There,” directed by Nicolás Perez Véiga; and “Supermax,” directed by Daniel Burman. Alexia’s first leading role in cinema came in 2010 with La Cacería, directed by Carlos Orgambide. In 2013, she starred as Luisa in El prisionero irlandés, by Carlos Juareguialzo and Marcela Silva y Nasute, which made its United States debut at the International Film Festival of Syracuse in New York. She also appeared opposite Emma Watson in Colonia, and played in Extraños en la noche, and Verdades Verdaderas, among others. Most recently, Alexia filmed the role of Mathilde in Palau (October 2018 international release), an American feature film written and directed by Kevin Knoblock, based on faith leader Luis Palau's life story. Currently, she is rehearsing the role of Miranda in “The Tempest,” directed by Penny Cherns for Teatro San Martin.

Alexandra Bard as Patricia Palau

Alexandra Bard was born in Sydney, Australia. She studied at NIDA, AADA (NYC), the William Esper Studio and is a Master Class member of the Ivana Chubbuck Studio. During her teenage years Alexandra worked on major TV productions such as ‘The Mystery of Natalie Wood” directed by Peter Bogdanovich for HBO and the Aussie soap opera, “Home and Away”. She also worked as a model for international companies such as United Colors of Beneton, Johnson&Johnson, Vera Wang and Via Spiga. Alexandra's memorable acting performances have landed her notable accolades including: “Actress of the Year” from The International Model and Talent Association, “Best Actress” from The California Film Festival and most recently an award for “Best Actress” at the IndieFest Film Festival for the feature film “The Meanest Man in Texas”. She has also been nominated for Best Actress at the New York City International Film Festival and the International Christian Film Festival for this same performance. Alexandra is best known for the film “Strange Blood” and, the soon to be released feature film, “The Meanest Man in Texas”.

Michel Noher as Jorge

Michel Noher is an actor and producer. He trained in Argentina with the prestigious Agustin Alezzo, Ricardo bartiz and Julio Chavez among others. He developed an international career with the film "And Soon The Darkness" (USA), the Terra Ribbelle series (Italy), the Ecuadorian film "Ochentaysiete" stand out, and in Brazil he is featured in the series, "O Rebu", "Sete Vidas" for Tv Globo and "O Business" on HBO. In Argentina he has worked in numerous series and films such as "Don Juan and his beautiful lady" "ADDA" (TeLeFe / Viacom) "Sos Mi Vida" (channel 13) and produced the program "Hola y Adios" (WB). As a theater actor he has worked in "Cafe Irlandes" by eva halak, "Prohibido" by Betty Gambartes, and "Alemania" by Nacho Ciatti among others. He is currently working on the series "100 Days To Fall In Love" (TeLeFe) while rehearsing for "The Eternal Son" based on the homonymous novel by Cristovao Tezza. This year Michel will be featured in the premiere of the films "Vigilia in August" (ARG) and "El Desentierro" (Spain).

Daniel Roebuck as Fred Renich

Daniel Roebuck is one of Hollywood's most familiar faces. His acting resume spans 35 years and includes popular television hits (Matlock, Lost), blockbuster films (The Fugitive), faith-based films (Let There Be Light) and one of the Internet's most watched original series (The Man in the High Castle). Behind the camera, Roebuck has produced, written and directed/co-directed a number of films, including his award-winning directorial debut, “Getting Grace,” which premiered nationwide in March 2018. Roebuck continues to move easily between all mediums and is working on upcoming projects in television, film and on stage. When not performing, Roebuck writes about horror movies, raises his two children and mentors young actors.

Fabián Carrasco as Luis Palau Sr.

Fabián Carrasco has a degree in acting from the National University Institute of Art (UNA), continuing his training in the Sportivo Theater where he performed in the play "The Idiot Machine", which ran between 2013 and 2015, and was part of the II Ibero-American Theater Festival of Montevideo (Uruguay, 2014), the Asian Arts Festival (Gwanju, South Korea, 2015) and the Buenos Aires International Festival 2015. He was also part of the Cervantes National Theater, directed by Ricardo Bartis performing "La Liebre Y la Tortuga". He has performed in various roles on the official Argentinian circuit as "The girl the devil and the mill" in the San Martin theater directed by Olivier Py. At the same time he acted in works of the commercial circuit as "Soup of pirates", "The lesson of anatomy" and "The ghost of Canterville". In Cinema he stared in "Iraqui Tango" a co-production USA-ARG and "Noche de Perros", BAFICI 2015. He also participated in "UPA2", "Verdades Verdaderas" Feature film by Nicolás Gil Lavedra. On television he has starred in the series "Area 23" and "My life as an actor" along with "We are Family", "Sres Papis", "My friends Forever", "Cain and Abel", "The Only ones", " Against the Strings "and" Nini ".

Scott Reeves as Ray Stedman

In 2011, Scott Reeves became a member of an elite group of songwriters when Toby Keith’s “Made In America” hit No. 1 on the Billboard country music chart. Working in collaboration with Keith and fellow songwriter Bobby Pinson, Reeves crafted a lyric line that resonated with the nation. The song garnered number one status on the county charts as well as a Top 40 position on the Billboard Hot 100, along with BMI award honors. For Reeves, songwriting has become a passion, and performing country music has been a joy. In 2003, Scott and his best friend, Aaron Benward, formed the country duo, Blue County. Their collaboration quickly led to a record deal with Curb Records, followed by a self-titled album that produced several Billboard country chart hits” In 2004 Blue County was nominated for a coveted CMA award. Later that same year they were also nominated for an American County Music Award. Over the next three years Blue County toured the nation, opening shows for Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, and many others. They recording two tracks for the Evan Almighty motion picture soundtrack and making several appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage. In 2008 Reeves and Benward retired Blue County to focus on independent careers. A Scott Reeves is also a very successful Hollywood actor. In 2009 he began a four-year shift on General Hospital for ABC, where he played Dr. Steven Webber. Scott’s filmography also includes eleven years as Ryan McNeil, a feature character on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, as well as roles on television series such as Finding Carter, Chicago Hope, The King of Queens, Touched By An Angel, and Days of Our Lives. He has also starred in the made for TV movies Invisible Sister, I Know My First Name Is Steven, Hearts Adrift, When The Cradle Falls, and Half a Dozen Babies. Most recently, Reeves has a recurring residency on the ABC hit television series, Nashville.


THE FILMMAKERS

Executive Producer - Bill Busbice

Bill Busbice is an accomplished business executive, entrepreneur and avid hunter from Louisiana. Among his achievements, he built a successful trucking company that directly served the oil business between Louisiana and Texas. After selling his trucking company, Bill co-founded, along with his two sons, Wildgame Innovations, which sells a variety of products geared toward devoted deer hunters. Wildgame Innovations is now one of the most respected brands in the industry. Bill spends most of his time on his 55 thousand acres in northern Louisiana where he and his family own a timber business and hunting lodge to host deer hunters from around the country. Most recently, Bill launched Ollawood Productions, a media company focused on producing quality family entertainment.

Executive Producer - Rebekah Hubbell

Rebekah Hubbell is the founder of RIVKA Entertainment Group (REG), a boutique talent and brand management company established in 2002. REG focuses on launching unique brands, products and services into the national and international marketplace. Rebekah has successfully conducted promotional campaigns for her clients including; national best-selling books, nationally syndicated radio shows, licensing network television programming, feature film funding and P&A, feature film executive producing, general business investments, product design/placement/distribution, sponsorships and endorsements, corporate brand integrations, talent management, produced live events / conferences, music tours, and has created corporate infrastructure allowing for multi-million dollar business growth.

Writer and Director - Kevin Knoblock

Kevin Knoblock has written, produced and directed hundreds of hours of syndicated television, one-hour cable documentaries, and feature length film documentaries, including BORDER WAR (Winner, Best Documentary 2006, American Film Renaissance) and BROKEN PROMISES: THE UNITED NATIONS AT 60 (2005 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival Special Jury Remi Prize winner). Knoblock also wrote, produced and directed the feature documentary NINE DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD about Pope John Paul II’s historic trip to Poland, the beginning of the Solidarity movement and the collapse of Soviet Communism. The film won two 2011 Telly Awards and a Special Jury Gold Remi Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival. His television work includes directing at Paramount Television’s ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, multiple cable documentaries for A&E, History, TLC, and Discovery and writing and directing at the broadcast stations KCBS and KABC, where he received multiple Emmy nominations.

Producer - Brad Person

Brad Person has been documenting the Luis Palau Association around the globe for 15 years. His work has taken him to 37 countries, with his documentary photographs and footage appearing in dozens of international media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, China Daily, CNN, Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, Christian Broadcasting Network, Trinity Broadcasting Network and many others. Brad has co-founded several media companies, has served on corporate and NGO boards, and is a media consultant to ministries and Fortune 500 leaders.

Director of Photography - Dan Rubottom

With thirty years of experience in film and television, Dan Rubottom is sought-after extensively for his creative and technical skills in cinematography, editing, motion graphics, visual effects and color grading. He has directed, shot and edited award-winning episodic television, documentaries, commercials, short films and music videos on several continents on everything from film to the latest digital formats with notables including Rascal Flatts, John Gray, Toby Mac, Carman, Integrity Music, Israel Houghton, Cindy Cruse Ratcliff, Marcos Witt, Eastman Curtis, John Hagee and Oral Roberts. After completing 18 years at Joel Osteen Ministries as senior producer, directing and editing notable projects such as Beautiful Things and Horizon broadcast openers, Dan now runs Epiphany Creative Group with his lovely wife Raven, writing and producing feature film projects, doing creative consulting with internationally branded organizations and other content-driven projects.