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Metropia -- Official selection of 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Vincent Gallo and Juliette Lewis voice this award winning digitally animated thriller.  Conspiracy abounds as Roger, guided by voices in his head, navigates an underground oil starved world.
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Stig Larsson (screenplay)
Tarik Saleh (idea)
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Release Date:
27 November 2009 (Sweden) See more »
Someone is listening to your thoughts
A complex story of a misaligned man, though good intent, creating a nightmarish Dystopian existence. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Worth screening for the simple marriage of form and function it represents. See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order)

Vincent Gallo ... Roger Olofsson (voice)

Juliette Lewis ... Nina (voice)

Udo Kier ... Ivan Bahn (voice)

Stellan Skarsgård ... Ralph Parker (voice)

Alexander Skarsgård ... Stefan (voice)

Sofia Helin ... Anna Svensson (voice)

Shanti Roney ... Karl (voice)

Fares Fares ... Firaz (voice)
Fredrik Eddari ... Mehmet (voice)
Doreen Månsson ... Asylum TV-Hostess (voice)
Indy Neidell ... Wayne Marshal (voice)
Joanna Mikolajczyk ... The Metro (voice) (as Joanna Zofia Bard Mikolajczyk)
Goran Marjanovic ... Asylum Seeker (voice)

Magnus Skogsberg ... Roger's Boss (voice)
Lotta Bromé ... News Anchor (voice)
Annelie Persson ... Trexx Commercial (voice)

Sandy Mansson ... Office Gossip (voice)

Michael Mansson ... Old Man Buying Ticket (voice)
Jon Wigfield ... Annoying Customer (voice)

Directed by
Tarik Saleh 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fredrik Edin  idea
Fredrik Edin  screenplay
Martin Hultman  idea
Stig Larsson  screenplay
Tarik Saleh  idea
Tarik Saleh  screenplay

Produced by
Gunnar Carlsson .... co-producer: Sweden, Swedish Television
Tomas Eskilsson .... co-producer: Sweden, Film I Vast
Birgitta Holmar .... co-producer: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Per Nielsen .... consulting producer
Mikael Olsen .... co-producer: international, Zentropa
Eric Vogel .... co-producer: international, Tordenfilm
Jon Wigfield .... line producer
Kristina Åberg .... producer
Elin Erichsen .... co-producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Krister Linder 
Cinematography by
Sesse Lind 
Film Editing by
Johan Söderberg 
Art Direction by
Martin Hultman 
Makeup Department
Lillis Hemmingsson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lalo .... post-production supervisor: Klippegangen
Art Department
Mâns Adolfsson .... character designer
Li-Chuan Chang .... storyboard assistant
Anja Cronberg .... props
Jonas Dahlström .... additional graphic designer
Jonas Dahlström .... senior character designer
Sofie Dillon .... props
Regina Dubiel .... senior character designer
Erik Fhölenhag .... background designer (as Erik Holmquist)
David Giese .... background designer
Finn Hallin .... character designer
Martin Hultman .... concept designer
Anders Karlén .... character designer
Christian Ryltenius .... storyboard artist
Leonardo Sedevcic .... background designer
Hanna Storby .... props
Jim Tegman .... character designer
Maria Trovatten .... senior character designer
Erik Âberg .... prop designer: APA
Andreas Örhalmi .... additional storyboard artist
Sound Department
Marinella Angusti .... dialogue editor (as Marinella Augusti)
Therese Elfström .... promo editor
Mikael Frithiof .... representative: voice recording studio, Red Pipe Sound Design (as Mikael Frithof)
Jakob Garfield-Havsteen .... foley editor (as Jakob Garfield)
Jakob Garfield-Havsteen .... sound effects editor (as Jakob Garfield)
Torben Greve .... foley artist
Brandon Howlett .... representative: voice recording studio, Levels Audio Post
Jonas Jansson .... representative: voice recording studio, Ljudligan
Hans Møller .... sound editor
Rune Palving .... foley recordist (as Rune Palvig)
Eddie Simonsen .... representative: voice recording studio, Mainstream
Eddie Simonsen .... sound designer
David Österberg .... representative: voice recording studio
Mark Kenna .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Kristian Bjureby .... compositing supervisor
Karolina Brobäck .... compositor
Per Cardell .... rigger
Alina Constantin .... rigger
Alina Constantin .... visual effects compositor
Robert Eskekarr .... compositor
Isak Gjertsen .... supervising technical director
Finlay Hogg .... compositor
Florentin Ionita .... compositor
Patrik Lindberg .... rigger
Andreas Lindmark .... rigger
Martin Malm .... head of compositing
Simon Martinsson .... compositor
Bo Nordin .... rigger
Bo Nordin .... visual effects compositor
Leonardo Sedevcic .... rigger
Leonardo Sedevcic .... visual effects compositor
Lindor Tidâng .... rigger
Josefine Truedsson .... compositor
Julian Nazario Vargas .... compositor
Loka Vegborn .... compositor
Loka Vegborn .... visual effects compositor
Animation Department
Jakob Bastviken .... animator
Elinor Bergman .... animator
Karolina Brobäck .... animator
Karolina Brobäck .... senior layout artist
Per Cardell .... animator
Li-Chuan Chang .... assistant to animation director
Borja Chicarro .... animator: Boulder Media
Robert Cullen .... animation supervisor: Boulder Mdia
Anders Dahlström .... animation intern
Daniel Damm .... animator
Kristoffer Drageset .... animator
Malin Ekerstedt .... animation studio coordinator
Karl-Johan Forss .... layout artist
David Giese .... layout artist
Isak Gjertsen .... lead animator
Jens Jonathan Gulliksen .... animator
Stefan Gustafsson .... animator
Fran Johnston .... animator: Boulder Media
Peter Lewis .... head of production: Boulder Media
Patrik Lindberg .... animator
Andreas Lindmark .... animator
Sebastian Ljungdahl .... animation intern
Paul O'Flanagan .... animator: Boulder Media
Dave O'Sullivan .... animator: Boulder Media
Marcus Ottosson .... animator
Erik Rosenlund .... animator
Christian Ryltenius .... animation director
Ed Smith .... animator: Boulder Media
Susanne Sturesson .... animator
Kalle Söderberg .... animation production assistant
Lindor Tidâng .... animator
Josefine Truedsson .... rough layout artist
Anne Tweedy .... head of production: Boulder Media
Erik Wernquist .... animator
Charlotte Worsaae .... animator (as Charlotte Worsaae Nielsen)
Andreas Örhalmi .... animator
Andreas Örhalmi .... rough layout artist
Casting Department
Ulrika Wâhlström .... casting: character
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anja Cronberg .... costumer
Sofie Dillon .... costumer
Hanna Storby .... costumer
Editorial Department
Ian Bach .... grader
Dave Barnard .... post-production consultant
Therese Elfström .... promo editor
Helen Juul .... post-production coordinator: Klippegangen
Henning Erik Lind .... post-production operator: Klippegangen
Annelie Persson .... additional post-production coordinator: USA
Ulrik Södergren .... color calibration consultant: Digital Fotografen
Ian Walsh .... post-production coordinator
Other crew
Katja Arend .... location coordinator: Berlin
Lars Bang .... assistant to producers: Zentropa
Cristina Bergman .... intern
Nima Bonan .... location coordinator: Paris
Niklas Carlsund .... location scout
Kaspar Christophersen .... assistant to director
Tobias Fønsskov Dahl .... assistant to producers: Zentropa (as Tobias Fonsskov Dahl)
Yasser Davari .... intern
Celestine Davidsson .... additional voice
Malin Edblom .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Norbert Fabo .... technical support
Peter Fällman .... representative: bank, Handel Sbanken Koping
David Granath .... photo model: Ralph Parker
Nåkan Hederstedt .... photo model: Roger & Stefan
Magnus Herman .... representative: bank, Handel Sbanken Koping
Yaba Holst .... script editor
Amelie Hâger .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Pia Janols .... production accountant: Filmekonomi
Jan Jörnmark .... location scout
David Lenneman .... additional voice
Parvineé Levinsson .... photo model: Anna
Marcus Lindeen .... assistant to director (as Markus Lindéen)
Krister Linder .... additional voice
Åke Lundqvist .... photo model: Ivan Bain
Hans Lönnerheden .... completion guarantor: Film Finances Scandinavia
Dennis Magnusson .... script editor
Joanna Mikolajczyk .... assistant to producers: Zentropa (as Joanna Zofia Bard Mikolajczyk)
Amber Morris .... script editor
Amber Morris .... translator: screenplay
Maria Mörner .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Henrik Nordin .... technical support
Pia Norström .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Mikael Olsen .... additional voice
Dennis Olsson .... intern
Johan Olsson .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Iacopo Patierno .... additional voice
Linda Romanazzi .... photo model: Nina
Samira Sayane .... intern
Leonardo Sedevcic .... additional voice
Maria Sonali .... photo model: Anna
Hanna Storby .... production assistant: Atmo
Poa Strömberg .... legal advisor
Lisa Taube .... financial advisor
Svante Tidholm .... technical support
Michel Voss .... additional voice
Annelie Wadman .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
Erika Wasserman .... publicist: Artmo
Anna Wig .... distribution and marketing: Sweden, Sandrew Metronome
David Wingate .... script editor
Anna Zander .... production coordinator
Peter Gustafsson .... film consultant (uncredited)
Daniel Fridell .... thanks

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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Worth screening for the simple marriage of form and function it represents., 14 November 2010
Author: Scott Radtke from Milwaukee, WI

One gets accustomed to certain styles of animation, not to mention certain themes. It's either for kids or adults, and it's either 2D or 3D. Of course there are exceptions but for the sake of simplicity, this Manichean duality dominates the market. It's rare that a film emerges that challenges these notions but Tarik Saleh's Metropia does that in fairly interesting ways. The style is an bit of a mash-up between 2 and 3 D - the frames are digitally composited from head shots that have been stretched and squashed then placed on smallish bodies creating creepy caricatures of the actors being photographed. The effect, visually, is of the puppetry in a Thunderbirds (or Supercar) episode as designed by Drew Friedman, with a heavy dose of dark Gilliam"esquire." despair. The animation is stiff, stylized and intentionally rough and jerky. Metropia is not super deep at it core, but it reminds me of the Heavy Metal comics I used to devour when I was a teenager, and that's not at all bad.

It's 2024, the world is running out of oil, and Europe has been connected via a huge subway system. The skies are always gray and it rains all the time. Roger, our protagonist, a bald, hydrocephalic, stoop-shouldered everyman, is afraid to take the metro because he has been hearing voices. He lives with his girlfriend who seems to always be on another planet. One morning, Roger is forced to take the metro because his bike (which he was using illegally anyway) has been destroyed. Sure enough, he begins to hear voices, a voice that has been seeping into his life away from the Metro, on top of everything. On that fateful subway ride, he sees Nina, the spitting image of the girl on his shampoo bottle - a shampoo called Dangst, if that gives any clue as to the relative depth of the film in question. On impulse - despite the urging of the voice in his head - Roger follows Nina, and discovers the world, not far beneath the surface, is not quite what it seems.

As I mentioned, the concepts are pretty thin. The requisite global corporate conspiracy, the rampant consumerism in a dysfunctional dystopia, and the soul-dead protagonist in a souls dead world, are requisite tropes for a film like this. Of course, They have been executed more competently, and in more depth, elsewhere, but the strength of Metropia is its visuals. It is animated for a reason. To that end, the spare, creepy animation style suits the film perfectly. By now, whiz-bang 3D animations are the norm, the rule, so it's at first disconcerting to see animation used so sparingly, minimally and strangely. But this is the point. The world has had all the life and energy sucked out of it, it's no wonder there's not much energy left for the inhabitants of said world. The familiar grey palette allows for even the most subdued tan coat and blonde hair of Nina's to stand out. This lack of movement is also a symbol of conformity. Literally, don't stand out.

Despite its familiar themes, Metropia is worth screening for the simple marriage of form and function it represents. It's a brave filmmaker, who, in this age of Avatar, chooses to make a quiet, simple, creepy film. Saleh, gives us a film, not breathtaking in it's scope, or necessarily ground breaking (except for what it doesn't strive to achieve: mindless spectacle) but calm, understated and worthy, for serious fans of animation, and the brand of sci if familiar to fans of Heavy Metal (the magazine, not the movie).

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