GenreAnimation, Drama, Mystery Budget34 million SEK CountrySweden
Release date3 September 2009 (2009-09-03) (Venice Film Festival)
27 November 2009 (2009-11-27) (Sweden) WriterFredrik Edin (idea), Fredrik Edin (screenplay), Martin Hultman (idea), Stig Larsson (screenplay), Tarik Saleh (idea), Tarik Saleh (screenplay) Initial releaseNovember 27, 2009 (Sweden) CastJuliette Lewis (Nina), Udo Kier (Ivan Bahn), Stellan Skarsgård (Ralph), Shanti Roney (Karl), Vincent Gallo (Roger), Alexander Skarsgård (Stefan) Similar moviesMad Max: Fury Road, The Matrix Revolutions, The Matrix Reloaded, Automata, Logan's Run, Turkey Shoot
TaglineSomeone is listening to your thoughts
Metropia is a 2009 English-language Swedish-Danish-Norwegian adult animated mystery thriller drama science fiction film directed by Tarik Saleh. The screenplay was written by Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, and Tarik Saleh after a story by Tarik Saleh, Fredrik Edin and Martin Hultman. The film uses a technique where photographs have been altered and heavily stylized in a computer program, and then animated. The visual style is inspired by the works of Terry Gilliam, Roy Andersson and Yuriy Norshteyn. Metropia is Boulder Media Limited's first adult animated movie and production.
In a future Europe the world is running out of oil. A gigantic underground network is created by joining all the undergrounds together beneath Europe. Roger (Vincent Gallo), from a suburb of Stockholm, avoids the underground because he finds it disturbing. Sometimes when he is too near the underground he hears a strange voice in his head. One day Roger stumbles upon the truth that his life is controlled in every detail. Trexx, the company that runs the mammoth European rail network, has found a way to read and control minds using the dandruff shampoo "Dangst", with the goal of creating a highly efficient advertising system. In order to break free, Roger joins forces with super-model Nina (Juliette Lewis), the former model and spokeswoman for Dangst.
Vincent Gallo as Roger
Juliette Lewis as Nina
Udo Kier as Ivan Bahn
Joanna Zofia Bard Mikolajczyk as metro voice
Goran Marjanovic as asylum seeker
Magnus Skogberg Tear as Roger's boss
Lotta Bromé as news anchor
Annelie Persson as Trexx Commercial
Indiana Neidell as Wayne Marshal
The story and supporting material were developed by Stockholm-based Atmo during a period of four years before the actual animation work had begun. Co-producers include Denmark's Zentropa and Norway's Tordenfilm, and with support from the Council of Europe's film fund Eurimages, the film had a budget of around 34 million SEK. Ordinary people spotted on the streets were used as models for the characters. The main character Roger is based on a chef who worked at a restaurant in Stockholm where the Atmo employees were regulars, and Nina was found in a make-up store. Vincent Gallo accepted his part as the lead voice actor after having seen 30 seconds of finished animation as well as hearing that German actor Udo Kier, of whom Gallo was a fan, already was attached to the project. After a story board had been developed, photographer Sesse Lind travelled around Europe and took pictures of needed locations in Stockholm, Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen. The photographs were edited in Photoshop, and animated in Adobe After Effects under lead animator Isak Gjertsen. Animation was done in Trollhättan, as the first production to use Film i Väst's newly started animation studio. The production took two years to finish.
The film premiered on 3 September 2009 at the Venice Film Festival, opening up the festival's Critic's Week but shown out of competition.