Metro Manila Film – Audience Award at the Sundance Festival

Metro Manila FilmMetro Manila poster – UK Trailer

Winner of this year’s Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, the trailer of Sean Ellis’s thriller Metro Manila.

The film was inspired by a “real-life heist” personally witnessed by Ellis in Manila. North American rights to distribute the film had been reportedly acquired by 108 Media and Paladin.

Starring Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega, the film, which won the Audience Award at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, tells the story of Oscar Ramirez (Macapagal) and his family’s ill-fated search for a better life amid the hustle-and-bustle of Manila’s seedy underbelly. After securing a job as a security driver, however, Ramirez becomes caught up in the violent drug culture that dominates large areas of the city.

Metro Manila UK ReleaseMetro Manila UK Release poster | Photo: Metro Manila Like Page

METRO MANILA centers around Oscar Ramirez, a poor rice farmer from the Northern Philippine mountains, who moves his family to the capital mega-city of Metro Manila in search of a better life. The sweltering capital’s bustling intensity soon overwhelms the Ramirezes, and they fall prey to the manipulations of hardened locals. Left penniless, Oscar gets a lucky break when he is offered steady work at an armored truck company and is taken under the wing of its friendly senior officer, Ong. Grateful for the job, Oscar doesn’t realize how dangerous it is; after all, Manila is a city where machine gun-wielding security guards are seen in every shop, from banks and jewelry stores to Starbucks, and where armed robbery has become a daily occurrence. Driving a cash-laden armored truck makes Oscar a moving target, but robbery isn’t the only danger he faces: when it becomes apparent that Ong was lying in wait for someone just like Oscar for some time, and that his motives for hiring him were far from altruistic, Oscar finds himself ensnared in a web of intrigue far more perilous than anything he faces on the mean streets of Manila.

Directed by Sean Ellis
starring Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, Erin Panlilio, JM Rodriguez, Ana Abad Santos, Mailes Kanapi, Moises Mag Isa
Release Date September 20, 2013 (UK)

Metro Manila is set to be released in the Philippines on the 9th of October this year.

Filipino films? Those aren’t films. This is a film.

Check Out and ‘Like’ the Metro Manila Facebook Page

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I am Paolo Mercado for 20 years I've been riding a bike, walking a lot and running a lot. I am Kalongkong Hiker, a trail runner, mountaineer and a biker that can also write a blog of my travels, adventures and places that I visited through walking, running and biking. I write to encourage others to stay healthy and fit. #KeepOnRunning #ShareTheRoad #KalongkongHiker
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