Metropia takes place in a not-so-distant future. The world is running out of oil and the undergrounds have been connected into a gigantic subway network beneath Europe.

Whenever Roger from Stockholm enters this system he hears a stranger’s voice in his head. He looks to the mysterious Nina to help him escape the disturbing web of the Metro, but the farther they travel, the deeper he’s involved in a dark conspiracy.

Metropia is directed by Tarik Saleh, 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 2003. Before then Atmo produced and created a number of short animated films for Swedish Television. 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.


Venice 2-12/9 Opening of the Critic's Week
Strasbourg Fantastic 15-20/9. In competition
Helsinki 17-26/9
Austin Fantastic 24/9-1/10
Sitges 2-12/10. In competition 
Montreal Nouveau Cinema 7-18/10
Pusan 8-16/10
Warsaw 9-18/10, In competition
London FF 14-29/10
Sao Paulo 23/10-5/
Lubeck 4-8/11. In competition 
CPH DOX 6-15/11
Fredrikstad Animation 11-15/11. Opening film
San Francisco Animation 12-15/11
Indonesia Fantastic 13-22/11
Stockholm Film Festival 18-29/11. In competition 
Tallinn Animated Dreams 18-22/11
Oslo 19-29/11
Waterloo Animation, Canada 19-22/11
Trieste Science+fiction 24-28/11
Dubai 9-16/12
Nordic Film Week, Paris 16-20/12

Gerardmer Fantasy, France 27-31/1
If Istanbul 11-22/2. In competition
Cartoon, Lyon 3-5/3
Sofia, 5-21/3
Ankara, 11-21/3
Lille Animated, 18-21/3
Breda, NL, 24-28/3
Cortoons Rome Animated, 24-28/3. In competition 
Bryssel Fantastic, 8-20/4
Titanic, Budapest 8-18/4
Belfast, 15-30/4
Tribeca, New York 21/4-2/5
Stuttgart Animated, 4-9/5
Anifest Teplice, CZ 18-23/5. In competition


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Metropia. DIRECTOR Tarik Saleh. PRODUCER Kristina Åberg. SCRIPT Fredrik Edin, Stig Larsson, Tarik Saleh. ART DIRECTOR Martin Hultman. LINE PRODUCER Jon Wigfield. DIRECTOR OF ANIMATION Christian Ryltenius, Sluggerfilm. LEAD ANIMATOR Isak Gjertsen. EDITING Johan Söderberg MUSIC Krister Linder. SOUND DESIGN Eddie Simonsen, Mainstream. DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Sesse Lind. VOICE ACTORS Vincent Gallo, Juliette Lewis, Udo Kier, Stellan Skarsgård, Alexander Skarsgård, Sofia Helin. CO-PRODUCERS Tomas Eskilsson, Film i Väst, Gunnar Carlsson, SVT, Birgitta Holmar, Sandrew Metronome, Mikael Olsen, Zentropa, Eric Vogel, Tordenfilm. WITH SUPPORT FROM Swedish Film Institute, Peter ”Piodor” Gustafsson, Danish Film Institute, Mette Damgaard Sörensen, Norwegian Film Institute, Eurimages, Media Program, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Eva Faerevaag, Film Gävleborg. IN ASSOCIATION WITH Canal+, NRK, YLE. LENGTH 80 min. LANGUAGE English. RELEASE DATE Fall 2009.