Metro Manila (film)

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Metro Manila
Metro Manila Poster.jpg
Directed bySean Ellis
Produced byMathilde Charpentier
Sean Ellis
Written bySean Ellis
Frank E. Flowers
StarringJake Macapagal
Althea Vega
John Arcilla
Music byRobin Foster
CinematographySean Ellis
Edited byRichard Mettler
Production
company
Chocolate Frog Films
Distributed byIndependent (UK)
Haute et Court (France)
Captive (Philippines)
Festival (Spain)
Release dates
  • January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) (Sundance)
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) (United Kingdom)
  • October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) (Philippines)
Running time115 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageFilipino
 
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Metro Manila
Metro Manila Poster.jpg
Directed bySean Ellis
Produced byMathilde Charpentier
Sean Ellis
Written bySean Ellis
Frank E. Flowers
StarringJake Macapagal
Althea Vega
John Arcilla
Music byRobin Foster
CinematographySean Ellis
Edited byRichard Mettler
Production
company
Chocolate Frog Films
Distributed byIndependent (UK)
Haute et Court (France)
Captive (Philippines)
Festival (Spain)
Release dates
  • January 20, 2013 (2013-01-20) (Sundance)
  • September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20) (United Kingdom)
  • October 9, 2013 (2013-10-09) (Philippines)
Running time115 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageFilipino

Metro Manila is 2013 British-Filipino independently produced crime drama film directed by Sean Ellis. Ellis also co-produced and co-wrote the film.[1] The film was selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards,[2] but it was not nominated.

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Plot[edit]

Looking for a better life in Metro Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family escape their impoverished lives among the rice fields north of the Philippines. Upon arriving, they fall victim to the manipulative ways of city hucksters. Oscar lands a job in an armored truck company. He befriends his senior officer, Ong, who takes Oscar under his wing.

Soon, it was apparent that Ong has been waiting for someone like Oscar for a long time.

Production[edit]

The film was shot on location in the Philippines in 2011 with a Filipino cast and crew members. The Filipino language is used throughout the film.

Release[edit]

Metro Manila had its International premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival[3] on 20 January 2013. It was also released on 17 July 2013 in France, 28 August 2013 in Belgium, 29 August 2013 in the Netherlands, and 20 September 2013 in the UK.

Metro Manila had its Philippine premiere on 9 October 2013.

Metro Manila was re-released with special screenings to raise money for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda that had hit the Philippines and killed close to 6000 people. Its British director, Sean Ellis said: "The people of the Philippines were tremendously supportive during the making of Metro Manila, and it's only right that we should now use the film to raise money to help the victims of this terrible disaster."

Critical Reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes lists a rating of 100% based on 23 reviews as of June 2014.

After winning the Hamburg Film Critic Award at the 2013 Filmfest Hamburg, the jury said of the film: “The themes of our times are what define this film: rural exodus and impoverishment, exploitation and poverty in the Moloch of overcrowded metropolises. Director Sean Ellis filmed this story in a language that is foreign to him - and yet still always manages to hit the right tone. He is emotional, yet never impassioned; poetic, yet never tawdry; raw without any hint of cynicism. A social drama that becomes a thriller, breathless and unstoppable. “Metro Manila” deserves to be seen by many. This film belongs in the cinema. ...”[4]

Accolades[edit]

At the 2013 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) Metro Manila was nominated in five categories and won awards for Achievement in Production, Best Director and Best British independent film.[5]

List of Accolades
Award / Film FestivalCategoryResult
British Academy Film Awards[6]Best Film Not in the English LanguageNominated
2013 Sundance Film Festival[7]Audience Award: World DramaticWon
Grand Jury Prize: World DramaticNominated
Filmfest Hamburg[8]Hamburg Film Critic AwardWon
Polar Festival de Cognac[9]Grand Jury PrizeWon
Seminci[10]Espiga de Oro: Gold SpikeNominated
Espiga de Plata: Silver SpikeNominated
Best DirectorNominated
Best ScriptNominated
Best CinematographyNominated
Amazonas Film Festival[11]Best DirectorWon
Best ScriptWon
Audience AwardWon
British Independent Film AwardsBest British Independent FilmWon
Best DirectorWon
Best Supporting Actor - John ArcilliaNominated
Most Promising Newcomer - Jake MacapagalNominated
Achievement in ProductionWon
Satellite Award[12]Best Foreign Language FilmNominated

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