Bwakaw fails to make it to the Academy short list.
Here are the films that have made the shortlist from which five nominees for the best foreign-language film Oscar will be chosen.
- Austria, Amour
- Canada, War Witch
- Chile, No, Pablo Larraín
- Denmark, A Royal Affair
- France, The Intouchables
- Iceland, The Deep
- Norway, Kon-Tiki
- Romania, Beyond the Hills
- Switzerland, Sister
A few weeks before the announcement of the 2013 Oscar nominees, the country's strongest bet to be included in the Best Foreign Film category gets even more positive reviews from foreign critics.
Film Comment Magazine, published by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, listed Bwakaw as one of this year’s “50 Best Undistributed Films of 2012.” This is a consensus taken off a yearend survey of more than 120 film critics, journalists, film section editors, and past and present contributors worldwide.
TIME magazine also included the film in its “10 Films to Watch” list at the 50th New York Film Festival, one of the world’s oldest and most anticipated film festivals organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Meanwhile, the film's lead actor - Eddie Garcia won Best Actor at the Asia Pacific Film Festival for his memorable role as the aging gay man that learns to make the most of what time he has left through his special relationship with his dog. Several critics, including Joey Magidson of AwardsCircuit.com and Larry Rohter of The New York Times, have echoed comparison of Garcia to veteran Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood.