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.
METRO MANILA is a British-Filipino independent film written, produced, directed and shot by Academy Award and Bafta-nominated British director Sean Ellis. It was entirely shot on location in the Philippines with Filipino cast and crew member.
The film received the Audience Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and several other prizes, including Best Film and Best Director at the 2013 British Independent Film Awards and the Hamburg Film Critic Award for Best Film at the 2013 Filmfest Hamburg.
With special guest: Lead actor Jake Macapagal (Oscar Ramirez).
Language: Tagalog with English subtitles
Duration: 115 minutes