Filipino Animated Film ‘Iti Mapukpukaw’ Misses the Oscars Shortlist
The celebrated Filipino animated film ‘Iti Mapukpukaw’, also known as ‘The Missing’, has missed a spot in the shortlist for the Oscars’ Best International Feature Film category. The announcement was made on December 22 as the shortlists for the 96th Academy Awards were unveiled.
Raising the Flags of Filipino Cinema
Despite falling short in the Oscar race, ‘Iti Mapukpukaw’ has been a resounding success in its homeland. The film claimed victory at the 2023 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, a testament to its mastery and resonance. Directed by Carl Joseph Papa, the film features standout performances from Dolly de Leon, Carlo Aquino, and Gio Gahol.
A Tale of Memory and Confrontation
‘Iti Mapukpukaw’ employs the rotoscope animation technique to weave a compelling narrative. It tells the story of Eric, portrayed by Aquino, whose life takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of an alien and the death of his uncle. This leads him on a journey to confront and unravel his past memories. The narrative, which Papa began penning in 2018, draws inspiration from his personal experiences.
A Voice for the Voiceless
Through ‘Iti Mapukpukaw’, Papa extends a powerful message, urging victims of abuse to voice their pain. The film underscores that it is never too late to speak out against injustice. As the journey of ‘Iti Mapukpukaw’ continues, it remains a beacon of hope and resilience, embodying the spirit of Filipino cinema and the stories it strives to tell.