At this point, it's hard to call something a "surprise Oscar nominee" if it's a GKIDS release and it's in the Best Animated Feature category: Starting with The Secret Of Kells, the company has built a solid record of getting awards recognition for the films it distributes, culled from exceptional animated releases from around the world. This Brazilian film, made for just $400k, is up for an Oscar, which it won't win (not up against Inside Out), but the nomination alone will get it a lot more of the attention it deserves. A dreamy, surreal, but emotionally intense quest story about a very young child looking for the father who left to work in the city, it has pointed political messages about collective action and the destruction of the rain forests, but its wordless, beautiful imagery only comes across as strident a couple of times. Mostly, it's evocative in an intelligent, wistful way. Full review for The Verge here.