United Kingdom, 2013, 115 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Philippines
Topics: Crime, Thriller
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Tagalog English Sub-Titles
Awards: Sundance: Audience Award World Cinema
A naive farming couple from the picturesque but impoverished rice-growing region of Banaue, northern Philippines, come to grief in the crime-ridden capital in this polished and surprising mixture of melodrama and heist flick from UK director Sean Ellis ("Cashback"). When their rice harvest fails, honest but dirt-poor Oscar Ramirez and sultry wife Mai decide to seek a better life for themselves and two young daughters in Manila. But they guilelessly fall prey to the first conman they meet. Stripped of their savings, they are left without a roof over their heads.
While the pregnant Mai finds employment among the bar girls/sex workers at Charlie’s, Oscar happens on a position as an armored truck driver through the favors of soon-to-be partner Ong. Naturally Ong has ulterior motives, but several inventive and unexpected plot twists result in the desperate Oscar coming up with a plan of his own.
"Metro Manila" is the UK’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
Winner: Audience Award, Sundance Film Festival; Critics’ Award, Hamburg Film Festival
Filmmaker(s) attending: Writer, Actor
DIRECTOR: Sean Ellis
Producer: Celine Lopez, Enrique Gonzalez, Mathilde Charpentier, Sean Ellis
Editor: Richard Mettler
Screenwriter: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers
Cinematographer: Sean Ellis
Music: Robin Foster
Principal Cast: Jake Macapagal, Althea Vega, John Arcilla, Erin Panlilio, Angela Kanapi, Moises Magisa
Filmography: The Broken (2008)