This mind-bending masterpiece uses every trick in the animation playbook, from childlike scribbles to rotoscoped action and everything in between, to tell the gut-wrenching story of Eric, a young man who’s one bad day away from losing himself—literally. Part coming-of-age tale, part horror show, with a dash of sci-fi, family drama, and gay romance, The Missing made history as the first animated film to represent the Philippines in the Best International Feature category at the 2024 Academy Awards. Made on an indie budget, it’s a master class in emotionally raw filmmaking that’ll have you laughing through your tears (and maybe covering your eyes). Carlo Aquino, Gio Gahol, and Dolly De Leon (fresh off her breakout role as the scene-stealing yacht employee in Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness) bring their A-game to this one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.