2016 Filipino film “Dagsin” (Gravity) has been shortlisted to be the Philippine entry to the Oscars’ International Film Feature Category.
Cinemalaya, an independent film festival, posted the good news on Facebook on Tuesday with the caption, “Super Congrats, #Dagsin!”
It was a screenshot of the letter from the Film Academy of the Philippines, which contains the announcement — signed by the director general of the organization, comedian, veteran actor, and director Leo Martinez.
Dagsin star, Benjamin Alves, also shared the screenshot on his Instagram story with a caption, “WHT? We made the shortlist for the Oscars!?”
Real life married couple created the Filipino film — Atom Magadia as the director and his wife Anne wrote the screenplay.
“Dagsin,” an Ilocano word which means “gravity,” is a story of Justino, played by Tommy Abuel, a World War II hero and Death March survivor who had lost his legs, and then became an atheist.
When his wife Corazon, played by Marita Zobel, died, Justino hoped to believe in life after death to be with her again. The widower held on to his memory of his wife — her diaries, which was the means to unearth a Pandora’s Box of secrets.
“Ok, I know the ‘better- mannered and proper’ version of myself should be quiet about news like this. But, I am hearts-crossed, not doing this out of hubris. To tell you the truth, I originally thought it was a hoax. Until we received this letter this morning, I didn’t believe it to be real,” said Anne on her Facebook post about the achievement of their film.
Cinemalaya Film Fest entry
Since the debut of the film in 2016 in the Cinemalaya Film Fest entry, “Dagsin” has already won 18 awards.
It got the four Best Actor nods for Abuel at the Cinemalaya, Los Angeles Philippine International Film Fest, European International Film Fest in Italy, and Film Development Council of the Philippines.
Marita also got the Best Actress in a cameo Role award from Urduja Film Fest. Gutierrez, meanwhile, got the Best Supporting Actress at the 2017 4th Urduja Heritage Awards and was nominated as Best Supporting Actress at the 40th Gawad Urian Awards.
In totality, the film won the Best Narrative Feature at the World’s Independent Film Fest in San Francisco, USA; Best Cinematography at the European Film Fest in Florence, Italy; and Best Costume at the Madrid Film Fest.
“Dagsin” will compete at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles California, which honors the best films of 2019. The event will be on February 9, 2020 and presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.