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METRO MANILA

by Sean Ellis

synopsis

Seeking a brighter future in megacity Manila, Oscar Ramirez and his family flee their impoverished life in the rice fields of the northern Philippines. But the sweltering capital’s bustling intensity quickly overwhelms them, and they fall prey to the rampant manipulations of its hardened locals. Oscar catches a lucky break when he’s offered steady work for an armored truck company and gregarious senior officer Ong takes him under his wing. Soon, though, the reality of his work’s mortality rate and the murky motives of his new partner force Oscar to confront the perils he faces in his new job and life.

original title: Metro Manila
country: United Kingdom, Philippines
sales agent: Independent Film Company
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Sean Ellis
film run: 114'
release date: FR 08/05/2013, BE 28/08/2013
screenplay: Sean Ellis, Frank E. Flowers
cast: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega
cinematography by: Sean Ellis
film editing: Richard Mettler
art director: Ian Traifalgar
music: Robin Foster
producer: Mathilde Charpentier, Sean Ellis
production: Chocolate Frog Films
distributor: A-Film Distribution
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