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SHOWCASE

METROPIA

Directed by Tarik Saleh
FEATURE NARRATIVE 86 Minutes New York Premiere
FILM GUIDE METROPIA

In the year 2024, all of Europe is united by a vast web of underground subway systems, populated by an army of downtrodden drones. Roger (Vincent Gallo) is one such cog, but flouts the modern rail convenience in favor of biking through the incessant rain. His work is menial, his relationship is flatlining, and the lone distraction in his gray life is a fixation on a shampoo spokeswoman from one of his world's ubiquitous advertisements. One day Roger begins hearing voices. He also chances upon his shampoo model, the alluring Nina (Juliette Lewis), who seems to promise answers to the voices' origins. As Roger follows Nina deeper into the underworld, he finds himself unearthing an Orwellian conspiracy of shocking magnitude.

Metropia is a visually arresting sci-fi noir, featuring a signature brand of surreal animation created by director Tarik Saleh specifically for this film. The desaturated palette and uncanny photorealism are an apt representation of Saleh's dystopian futurescape, one which is not shiny and new, but retrofitted and utilitarian, and where heroes are not courageous daredevils, but maybe just insecure paper-pushers looking for the meaning in it all.

Drama, Animation
About the Director(s)
Tarik Saleh was born in Stockholm. He and Erik Gandini directed several award-winning documentaries, including Gitmo - New Rules of War and Sacrificio - Who betrayed Che Guevara? He formed Atmo Animation, which has gone on to write and produce more than 30 short animation films.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Showcase
  • Year:
    2009
  • Length:
    86 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
  • Premiere:
    New York
  • Connect:
Cast & Credits
  • Primary Cast:
    Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård, Sofia Helin
  • Director:
    Tarik Saleh
  • Screenwriters:
    Stig Larsson, Fredrik Edin, Tarik Saleh
  • Producer:
    Kristina Åberg
  • Editor:
    Johan Söderberg
  • Composer:
    Krister Linder
  • Art Director:
    Martin Hultman
  • Director of Animation:
    Christian Ryltenius

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