The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) announced that it has not yet selected the country’s entry to the 92nd Academy Awards, or the Oscars in 2020.
The FAP issued a statement to clarify an article of The Hollywood Reporter, which indicated that Dagsin (Gravity) is "the Philippines’ submission to the Oscars category formerly known as foreign language film."
The FAP, which is led by director-general Leo Martinez, wrote in its statement: "The movie Dagsin is among the movies that is being considered as a POSSIBLE ENTRY to the International Feature Film Category of Oscars and NOT THE COUNTRY'S OFFICIAL ENTRY YET.
“The screening of the films being considered by a local screening panel approved by the Oscars will begin in September, to meet the deadline of the submission of the country’s film entry on October 1.
“It is only after October 1 then that we can declare an official Philippine film entry to the international film feature category of the Oscars."
The August 29 report of U.S.-based publication The Hollywood Reporter now has the updated headline: “Oscars: ‘Dagsin’ emerges as frontrunner for Philippines’ pick in international feature film category.”
In the film Dagsin, Tommy Abuel is cast as World War II veteran who is a Death March survivor. He tries to connect with his dead wife (Marita Zobel) through reading the diaries she left behind.
Benjamin Alves plays the younger version of Tommy's character while Janine Gutierrez is cast as the younger version of his wife.
It premiered in 2016 as one of the official entries of the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.
The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on February 9, 2020. Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars aims to honor the best films of 2019.