Five International Films Competing For Oscars

The film adapted from a short story by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and the 1980s film directed by Italian director Paolo Sorrentino are among the films vying for the best international film award at this year’s Oscars.

Five films from Japan, Denmark, Italy, Bhutan and Norway have been nominated in that category. The filmmakers say their film is a success because the story touches the lives of many people.

“Drive My Car,” directed by Japanese filmmaker Ryusuke Hamaguchi, tells the story of heartbreak and regret on a car trip. The story is adapted from Murakami’s writing of the same title.

“I think because the story is about people who lost but kept on living. And that’s similar to what a lot of people are going through, in the world we live in today, with COVID and the pandemic, I think a lot of people can feel close to this story,” Hamaguchi said to Reuters.

Danish director Jonas Poher Rasmussen tells the “secret” story about his friend, an Afghan refugee in the film “Flee.”

In the animated film, Rasmussen’s friend tells about his experience escaping from Afghanistan and his search for himself.

“This story is becoming more relevant and more important to convey,” he said when met Reuters at the BAFTA awards.

Italian director Paolo Sorrentino brought his own family tragedy to the big screen with “The Hand of God.”

Oscars event.  (Photo: AP)

Oscars event. (Photo: AP)

He highlights his cheerful extended family and how his life changed drastically when his parents died when he was a teenager.

Bhutanese filmmaker Pawo Choying Dorji made his directorial debut with “Lunana – A Yak in the Classroom.”

The film tells the story of Ugyen, a person who dreams of living in Australia. However, he instead teaches at “the most remote school in Bhutan.”

The Norwegian drama “The Worst Person in the World” is about Julie, a woman from Oslo who is trying to find her identity. The film was directed and co-written by Joachim Trier.

“A lot of people like characters who have a hard time finding love, because it’s not easy. And they also understand the confusion about identity and who we are and the pressure to present ourselves in an idealized, even uncomfortable way,” Trier told Reuters.

The winner of the best international film Oscar will be announced at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on March 27. [vm/ah]