Last January, the independent film Metro Manila won the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
Starring Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, and Althea Vega, this British-Filipino production will be screened in Philippine cinemas this October.
Metro Manila has received favorable feedback in various film festivals abroad. In fact, www.screendaily.com reports that Fox International Productions has acquired remake rights to the heist thriller.
The Hollywood Reporter describes Metro Manila as a "slow-burner" movie that "reveals how the pitfalls of surviving urban life can drive even a principled family to the ends of desperation."
SYNOPSIS. Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez (Jake Macapagal) and his wife (Althea Vega) 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, Oscar and his family fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival.
Oscar manages to land a job as a driver for an armored truck company and is befriended by Ong (John Arcilla), his senior officer. Before long, it becomes apparent that Ong has been planning the arrival of someone just like Oscar for some time.
Directed by Sean Ellis, Metro Manila is released and distributed by Captive Cinema.