Metro Manila Selected to Represent the UK at the Oscars
Posted September 19, 2013 04:58 PM by Webmaster
Sean Ellis' crime drama Metro Manila has been selected to represent the United Kingdom in the Best Foreign Language Film category of the Academy Awards. Earlier this year, the film won the Audience Award for World Cinema at the Sundance Film Festival.
Metro Manila was shot on location in the Philippine capital entirely in Tagalog.
Synopsis: Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez and his family decide to move from the poverty stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arriving in the big city, it isn't long before they fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. Oscar lands a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong, his senior officer. It soon becomes apparent that Ong has been waiting for the arrival of someone just like Oscar for some time. A few simple acts of kindness from Ong place Oscar in his debt; a debt that leads to blackmail as Ong forces Oscar to help him in a robbery of the company they both work for.