Sweden/Denmark/Norway/Finland 2009
86 minutes

director.gif (905 bytes)Tarik Saleh


Vincent Gallo - Roger (voice)
Juliette Lewis - Nina (voice)
Udo Kier - Ivan Bahn (voice)
Stellan Skarsgård - Ralph (voice)
Alexander  Skarsgård - Stefan (voice)
Sofia Helin - Anna (voice)
Shanti Roney - Karl (voice)

Theatrical release in Sweden - November 27, 2009

Venice Int'l Film Festival - September 3, 2009
Helsinki Int'l Film Festival - September 20, 2009
Sitges Int'l Fantastic Film Festival - October 5, 2009
Warsaw Film Festival - October 9, 2009
Pusan Int'l Film Festival - October 9, 2009
London Film Festival - October 21, 2009
Sao Paulo Int'l Film Festival - October 23, 2009
SF Int'l Animation Festival - November 15, 2009
Stockholm Film Festival - November 20, 2009
Oslo Int'l Film Festival - November 24, 2009



Set in Europe in the not-so-distant future. Europe has been brought to its knees by environmental disaster and economic crisis. The continent has been connected by a giant high-speed subway system which zips from Stockholm to Paris to Ingolstadt in three stops. The power behind the subway is a vast and shady corporation run by the slippery Ivan Bahn (voiced by Keir). The Winston Smith in this instance is Roger (Gallo), a normal fellow from Stockholm suffering from some depression, insomnia and suspicions that his girlfriend is having an affair. One day when he enters the subway system, he starts to hear a stranger’s voice in his head claiming to be his inner self. .Although Roger is on his way to work, he is distracted by the sight of the beautiful Nina (Lewis), a model from a shampoo commercial. When she confronts him for following her, she also brings up the voice in his head, leading him into a conspiracy that will uncover the secrets of the corporation and its sinister designs on mind control.

button_box.gif (205 bytes)PRODUCTION NOTES:

Tarik Saleh is an award winning director, producer, animator and graphic designer. Art director Martin Hultman stands behind the unique look of Metropia. The story is based on an idea by Fredrik Edin, Martin Hultman and Tarik Saleh. The development of Metropia started in 2003. The hyper realistic style (described as if ”Kafka would have painted the last supper with a machine gun”) was developed by Martin Hultman and Tarik Saleh and layed the ground to the imagery in Metropia.