Metro Manila (film)
|Directed by||Sean Ellis|
|Produced by||Mathilde Charpentier
|Written by||Sean Ellis
Frank E. Flowers
|Music by||Robin Foster|
|Edited by||Richard Mettler|
|Chocolate Frog Films|
|Distributed by||Independent (UK)
Haute et Court (France)
|Running time||115 minutes|
Metro Manila is 2013 British-Filipino independently produced crime drama film directed by Sean Ellis. Ellis also co-produced and co-wrote the film. The film was selected as the British entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards, but it was not nominated.
- Jake Macapagal as Oscar Ramirez
- Althea Vega as Mai Ramirez
- John Arcilla as Ong
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.
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.
Metro Manila had its International premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival 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."
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. ...”
|List of Accolades|
|Award / Film Festival||Category||Result|
|British Academy Film Awards||Best Film Not in the English Language||Nominated|
|2013 Sundance Film Festival||Audience Award: World Dramatic||Won|
|Grand Jury Prize: World Dramatic||Nominated|
|Filmfest Hamburg||Hamburg Film Critic Award||Won|
|Polar Festival de Cognac||Grand Jury Prize||Won|
|Seminci||Espiga de Oro: Gold Spike||Nominated|
|Espiga de Plata: Silver Spike||Nominated|
|Amazonas Film Festival||Best Director||Won|
|British Independent Film Awards||Best British Independent Film||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor - John Arcillia||Nominated|
|Most Promising Newcomer - Jake Macapagal||Nominated|
|Achievement in Production||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Foreign Language Film||Nominated|
- List of submissions to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
- List of British submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
- "Oscars: U.K. Picks 'Metro Manila' as Foreign Language Nomination". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2013-09-19.
- "Metro Manila named British independent film of the year".
- "Nominations Announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2014". British Academy Film Awards. January 8, 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
- Satellite Award for Best Foreign Language Film