Magazine article Screen International

UK Submits Metro Manila to Oscars

Magazine article Screen International

UK Submits Metro Manila to Oscars

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Philippines-set crime thriller, made by British filmmaker Sean Ellis, submitted by the UK for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Metro Manila, by British filmmaker Sean Ellis, has been selected as the UK's official submission in the Best Foreign Language Film Award category for the Oscars 2014.

A selection committee from BAFTA chose the crime thriller, shot in the Philippine capital in the Filipino language with a local cast and crew.

The UK has submitted films for consideration for the foreign language category just 10 times previously and only two were put forward into the main race - Welsh biopic Hedd Wyn in 1993 and Welsh romantic drama Solomon and Gaenor, starring Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), in 1999.

Metro Manila would not have been able to be submitted by the UK under old rules. In 2002, BAFTA originally selected Asif Kapadia's Hindi-language feature The Warrior as its Oscar submission but the film was disqualified by AMPAS because the film did not take place in, nor was it filmed in a language indigenous to, the UK. The rule was changed in 2005.

Metro Manila won the audience award for world cinema at this year's Sundance Film Festival and is set for release in the UK on Sept 20 by Independent Distribution. …

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