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By Patrick Frater
Tue, 18 September 2012, 13:19 PM (HKT)
Feel-good tale Bwakaw has been selected by The Philippines as the national contender in the foreign-language Oscar race.
The Tagalog-language comedy-melodrama was directed by Jun Robles LANA and stars veteran actor Eddie GARCIA as a curmudgeonly old gay man who comes to terms with age, solitude and the meaning of friendship. Bwakaw is the name of a stray dog who befriends the isolated old man and eventually acts as the bridge between him and those who surround him.
Having played initially at the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival in July, Bwakaw had its international premiere last week at the Toronto International Film Festival. It receives further international exposure next at the forthcoming New York Film Festival.
The selection was made by the Film Academy of the Philippines, the government agency responsible for choosing contenders for the Oscars.
The FAP said that its committee also looked at seven other films including Jose Javier REYES' Those Little Secrets Mga Mumunting Lihim, Brillante Ma. MENDOZA's Captive, Amable "Tikoy" AGUILUZ's Manila Kingpin: The Asiong Salonga Story (2011), Auraeus SOLITO's Palawan Fate Busong (2011), John D. LAZATIN's A Mother's Story (2011), Ron MORALES' Graceland and Joyce BERNAL's Second Hand Segunda Mano (2011).
The committee, is chaired by National Artist for Film Director Eddie ROMERO, and also involved: director/actress Gina ALAJAR; actor/director Robert AREVALO, FAP deputy director-general; director Jose CARREON of DGPI; director William Mayo, president of the Philippine Motion Picture Directors' Association; Manny MORFE, president of the Production Designers Guild of the Philippines; Jess NAVARRO, president of the United Film Editors Guild of the Philippines and director Elwood PEREZ.