Oscar nominee ‘Metro Manila’ wins over Philippines

October 5, 2013 • Entertainment

In this Thursday Oct. 3, 2013 photo, Briton Sean Ellis, right, writer-director of “Metro Manila” – Britain’s nominee to the Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film, looks at one of his actors Jake Macapagal, as they talk to the media prior to the film’s premier screening at a cinema in Taguig city, east of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — MANILA, Philippines (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.

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