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METROPIA

TFF 2010 Directed by Tarik Saleh
FILM GUIDE ARCHIVE METROPIA [TFF 2010]
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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.

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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.

Film Information
Year: 2009
Length: 86 minutes
Language: English
Country: Sweden
Premiere: New York
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
Contacts

Main Contact
Liz Ogilvie
Tribeca Film
Phone: 212 941 2338
logilvie@tribecaenterprises.com

Director's Agent
Sarah Self
The Gersh Agency
New York, NY sself@gershny.com

Director
Tarik Saleh
Atmo
Stockholm, 116 46
Phone: +46 8 462 2690
tarik@atmo.se

Main Contact
Liz Ogilvie
Tribeca Film
Phone: 212 941 2338
logilvie@tribecaenterprises.com

Director's Agent
Sarah Self
The Gersh Agency
New York, NY sself@gershny.com

Director
Tarik Saleh
Atmo
Stockholm, 116 46
Phone: +46 8 462 2690
tarik@atmo.se

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.

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