The same stage of Oscar 2022, albeit a different category of award. There were four films nominated in the category of Best International Feature Films.
It would have been interesting to have more international movies nominated. However, only four movies did feature in the Best International Feature Films at Oscar 2022. The four movies representing four different countries at the 94th Academy Awards are a treat to watch. Despite the length of these movies, the script, plot, narration, and acting really stand out to impress.
Movie: Drive My Car
Duration: 2h 58m
Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Tōko Miura, Reika Kirishima, Park Yu-rim
Director: Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
Oto, a screenwriter, is inspired by ideas while making love with her actor-director husband Yūsuke Kafuku. Sex and her stories are strongly connected. Despite knowing Oto is cheating on him, he never doubted her love for him. Her sudden death from a brain hemorrhage breaks him down and secludes Kafuku. After a two-year gap, he moves to Hiroshima where he is assigned to direct Uncle Vanya. As per the company policy, he is given a chauffeur who happens to be a lady, Misaki Watari. A reluctant Kafuku lets her drive his car, an old Saab 900 Turbo that he is very attached to. After each drive, they become more comfortable with each other. They soon realize that both have a painful past to reconcile with.
At Oscar 2022, the film won Best International Feature Film and had nominations for Best Director, Best Picture, and Writing.
Movie: The Hand of God
Duration: 2h 08m
Cast: Filippo Scotti, Toni Servillo, Teresa Saponangelo
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Do you really think Maradona will come and play for Napoli? On any day, Fabietto would want that to happen. Against all odds, it did happen and Fabi’s father who is a bank employee breaks the news to him. Maradona does the famous ‘hand of the God’ goal. Soon after, however, Fabi has had to encounter multiple tragic news. Despite the awful happenings, light moments intervene to keep the life of Fabi on the go. The happenings in his life have a hand of God one has to conclude.
It was nominated for the Best International Feature Film at Oscar 2022. It has won several other accolades at different events.
Movie: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom
Duration: 1h 49m
Cast: Sherab Dorji, Ugyen Norbu Lhendup, Kelden Lhamo Gurung, Pem Zam
Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Ugyen is passionate about singing and wants to move to Australia from his hometown of Thimbu. However, he has a mandatory period of teaching assignments to be completed. Being sent to Lunana, the remotest school in Bhutan where he feels completely lost. He wants to return home the same day itself. The head of the village convinces him to stay one more day. However, the next morning, class leader Pem Zam asks him to come to the class as all students are waiting for a new teacher. After each passing day, he becomes part of the village as a yak is part of Lunana. His students and the entire village are happy with him. Yet, despite being in the happiest of countries, Ugyen is seeking happiness elsewhere.
The movie portrays the picturesque hills, valleys, jungle trails, and beautiful lifestyle in Bhutan.
It was the first film from Bhutan to be nominated for the Oscar.
Movie: The Worst Person in the World
Duration: 2h 06m
Cast: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum
Director: Joachim Trier
The story of Julie unwraps in 12 chapters in addition to the prologue and epilogue. Julie is a promising medical student but she realizes it is not her calling. She wants to go beyond the physical realm to the psychological. But soon decides to be a photographer. Not just in professional life, but in personal life too she can’t seem to fix her mind. Even when she seems to be going stable with Aksel, she finds happiness in Eivind and moves in with him. He too didn’t want kids like her. She keeps moving from one thing to another. Even when she is pregnant, she doesn’t know what to do. Does she make peace with the pace of her life and that of others connected to her?
The movie was nominated in the Best International Feature Film and Original Screenplay categories at Oscar 2022.
Make a note to watch these Best International Feature Films from the Oscar 2022.
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