The British embassy in Manila and the British Council will host a cocktail reception and premiere of Metro Manila, directed by British filmmaker Sean Ellis, which is the United Kingdom’s entry to the 86th Oscar Awards foreign language film category at Cinema 4 of Shangri-la Plaza, EDSA, Mandaluyong City, on Friday, October 4.
The film director, Sean Ellis, will grace the reception and screening with the members of his cast led by Filipino thespians John Arcilla, Jake Macapagal and Althea Vega.
The cocktail reception is scheduled at 5 p.m., followed by the screening of the film at 7 p.m.
In its invitation, the British embassy described the film as “a poetic and searingly migrant drama that slowly unveils into a thriller. The film is powerful and gritty but also underscores traditional Filipino values such as the importance of family and religion in society.”
The film won the audience award for world cinema in this year’s Sundance Film Festival in London.
Director Ellis has been previously nominated for an Oscar in its best short live action film category for Cashback in 2006 and in a BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) best short film category for The Business Trip in 2009.
The 43-year-old Ellis is from Brighton, Sussex. After Cashback, his next major film was The Broken, which premiered in January 2008 as part of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. It also was the first choice in Horrorfest 2009 and was part of the Sitges Film Festival 2008.
(Read accompanying article re Two Films Shot in RP in Big Batch of Submissions to Oscar for further details on Metro Manila.)