[box type=”default” size=”large”] It’s a story of an impoverished Filipino family [/box]MANILA (AP) — Britain’s nominee as Best Foreign Language Film for the Oscars features an all-Filipino cast and a story that traces the sacrifices and hopes of an impoverished family from the countryside that tries its luck in the dark and squalid ghettos of the Philippine capital.
“Metro Manila,” written and directed by Briton Sean Ellis, is one of three foreign-language films nominated in the best foreign language category for next year’s Oscars that delves into the lives of Filipinos.
The Philippines’ nominee, “Transit,” focuses on the struggles of migrant Filipino workers in Israel, while Singapore’s entry,
“Ilo Ilo,” is about a Filipino nanny who works for a Singaporean family.
The U.S. film academy will select the finalists in January 2014 ahead of the Oscar ceremony on March 2, 2014
“I thought it was a very beautiful and poetic story about family and about sacrifice and about hope,” Ellis said of his movie, which won an audience award at the recent Sundance Film Festival.
The movie premiered in Manila last week.
It tells of the journey of farmer and former soldier Oscar Ramirez, played by veteran stage actor Jake Macapagal, and his young family to seek a better life, from the rice terraces in the rural north of the country to the chaos of Manila.
In the city, they fall prey to various characters and are forced out of desperation to make difficult choices.
Oscar’s wife, Mai, played by film actress Althea Vega, is forced to become a bar girl to feed her two young children.