The nations of the world have until Oct. 1 to submit their entries for the Best Foreign Language Film category in next year's Oscars, and Varietyreports that the Philippines has chosen its candidate: Donsol, a drama about two lonely people who meet in a seaside town of that name during the whale-watching season.

The film has picked up a few awards at various festivals, including Cinemalaya and the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival. It's the first film by director Adolfo Alix, Jr., though he co-wrote a film, Small Voices, that was the Philippines' Oscar submission for 2002.

The Philippines has submitted an Oscar entry just about every year for the past decade or so (rarely before that), but has never received a nomination. We'll know on January 22 whether this is finally their year.
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