Philippine entry 'Iti Mapukpukaw' misses cut for Oscars 2024 shortlist

Kristofer Purnell - Philstar.com
Philippine entry 'Iti Mapukpukaw' misses cut for Oscars 2024 shortlist
Carlo Aquino and Dolly de Leon in "Iti Mapukpukaw"

MANILA, Philippines — Cinemalaya Philippines Independent Film Festival 2023 Best Picture and the Philippines' entry to the 2024 Academy Awards "Iti Mapukpukaw" has missed the cut for the Best International Feature Film category after shortlisted nominees were revealed.

The film, which stars Carlo Aquino, Dolly de Leon, and Gio Gahol, made history as the first animated feature to be nominated and win Best Film at Cinemalaya.

"Iti Mapukpukaw" also won the NETPAC Award, while de Leon took home the Best Supporting Actress award.

The rotoscope animated film follows a mouthless animator named Eric, played by Aquino, who crosses paths with a familiar alien. De Leon plays Eric's mother Rosalinda, who resides in Ilocos, while Gahol plays Eric's co-worker crush Carlo.

Making the cut for the Best International Feature Film shortlist were expected entrants Denmark's "The Promised Land" starring Mads Mikkelsen, Japan's "Perfect Days" directed by Wim Wenders, Spain's "Society of the Snow" directed by J.A. Bayona, and the United Kingdom's "The Zone of Interest."

Related: Dolly de Leon, 'Iti Mapukpukaw' make history at Cinemalaya 2023

Bhutan's second-ever submission "The Monk and the Gun" made the cut, after the film's director Pawo Choyning Dorji previously helmed the country's debut entry "Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom."

Armenia and Ukraine make their Oscars debut with their respectives entries "Amerikatsi" and "20 Days in Mariupol," the latter also shortlisted for Best Documentary with Tunisia's "Four Daughters."

"Society of the Snow" also made the shortlists for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, and Best Visual Effects, which could see it emulate last year's Best International Feature Film winner "All Quiet on the Western Front."

The Spanish entry and Martin Scorsese's "Killers of the Flower Moon" both trailed summer blockbuster "Barbie" which had five shortlist mentions including three for Best Original Song — "Dance The Night," "I'm Just Ken," and "What Was I Made For?"

No Philippine submission has made the nominees shortlist since the country's first attempt in 1953 with Manuel Conde's "Genghis Khan."

Other popular entries include "Ganito Kami Noon... Paano Kayo Ngayon?," "Karnal," "Dekada '70," "Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros," "Crying Ladies," "Ded na si Lolo," "Noy," "Ang Babae sa Septic Tank," "Ma' Rosa" and "Mindanao."

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