4 Best International Feature Films at Oscar 2022

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

Year: 2021

Language: Japanese

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

Year: 2021

Language: Italian

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

Year: 2019

Language: Dzongkha

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

Year: 2021

Language: Norwegian

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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12 thoughts on “4 Best International Feature Films at Oscar 2022

  • April 11, 2022 at 8:39 pm
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    ‘Drive my car’ sounds like an interesting movie.

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  • April 13, 2022 at 11:50 am
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    I feel like international films are overlooked. There’re so many great films and will definitely try out these 4 films.

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  • April 13, 2022 at 7:36 pm
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    If it were not for this post, I would have never heard of these movies. I am always looking for new ones to check out so I appreciate this and will be adding these to my list!

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  • April 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm
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    I haven’t heard of any of these films. I can’t wait to watch them all, they sound amazing!

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  • April 13, 2022 at 8:40 pm
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    Drive my Car was excellent! Very long, but a very good movie.

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  • April 14, 2022 at 5:52 am
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    The Worst Person In The World sounds like a very interesting movie! I’ll have to look for it!

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  • April 14, 2022 at 12:21 pm
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    I love watching international movies and these are four lovely selections and none I have watched so far, so will be looking out for them

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  • April 14, 2022 at 3:18 pm
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    I’ve not heard of any of these movies before, but they sound really interesting. Especially The worst person in the world x

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  • April 17, 2022 at 1:27 am
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    I watched the Hand of God, it is amazing! I can’t wait to watch the other ones. Thank you.

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  • April 18, 2022 at 8:11 pm
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    I LOVE foreign films. Will definitely be checking these out. The Hand of God sounds really good and it’s on Netflix so cannot wait to see!

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  • April 19, 2022 at 11:26 am
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    A Yak in the Classroom sounds really interesting. I cannot imagine having to do a job I didn’t want to do to then do a job I would want to do later – and dealing with it all.

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