‘Lunana’ Becomes Bhutan’s First Best International Feature Film Nomination at Oscars

Bhutan receives first Best International Feature nomination at Oscars with 'Lunana'
Bhutan receives first Best International Feature nomination at Oscars with ‘Lunana’ (Photo Credit – Lunana Poster)

On the list of the five films in the running for the Oscars for the award for the best international feature film, one country that earned its first-ever nomination in the category: Bhutan with the film ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’.

The debutant in the international race is Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, directed by Pawo Choyning Dorji.

The other films competing for the best international feature this year are Japan’s ‘Drive My Car’, Italy’s ‘The Hand of God’, Denmark’s ‘Flee’ and Norway’s ‘The Worst Person in the World’.

Among the contenders, Norway is the only country that has been nominated multiple times but never won the Oscar, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

In addition to Bhutan, two previously unnominated countries were shortlisted out of 15, meaning they competed for their first-ever shot at international feature film honors by making it onto Tuesday’s final nominees list. It was Kosovo and Panama.

In ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’, a group of non-professionals from the local population of the Himalayan village where the film was shot play the lead role.

It is about an aspiring singer (Sherab Dorji) who lives with his grandmother in the capital of Bhutan and dreams of getting a visa to move to Australia. When his supervisor notices that he is no longer doing his job, he is transferred to a remote village called Lunana.

Hive, a Sundance award winner about a war widow who fights for an independent life in her patriarchal village from director and screenwriter Blerta Basholli, was Kosovo’s entry for this year’s Oscars. THR called it “a quiet drama brimming with female liberation” in its review.

And Panama sent Abner Benaim’s Plaza Catedral to the Oscar race. The drama about social injustice tells the story of the unlikely bond between a grieving real estate agent, played by the veteran Mexican actress Ilse Salas, and a street child.

The 94th Academy Awards will take place on March 27 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.

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