Oscars 2020 are almost upon us and the fans’ excitement is at fever pitch. It’s that time of the year again when the best films vie for the ultimate acknowledgment. And the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles is all set to open its doors for the grand ceremony featuring the biggest stars from the world of entertainment.
It goes without saying that 2019 brought with it some amazing movies from Hollywood as well as around the world. The “Best International Feature Film” is one category where the competition is always tough. This year, the 5 nominees represent a number of firsts for their respective industries. More on that a little later.
Best International Feature Film Shortlist
For starters, the ones that made the cut were picked from a record 93 entries. The previous milestone had been set in 2017 when 92 submissions were assessed. But, plot twist! That record from three years ago continues to stand because two contenders got disqualified this year for having a lot of English. In other words, they just weren’t international enough. God, the irony!
Be that as it may, there were still enough gems to choose from. The chosen ones include Corpus Christi, Parasite, Pain and Glory, Les Miserables, and Honeyland. Five incredible tales from five countries. Here’s our pick for Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards.
Predicted Winner: Parasite (South Korea)
South Korea’s Oscar debut is the choice of many to go all the way. With noted filmmaker Bong Joon Ho in the directorial chair, Parasite has grossed over $160 million globally. The US accounts for nearly 20 percent of this and the movie continues to open in new territories.
All in all, Parasite has racked up 6 nominations including “Best Picture.” This means that it could yet make more history, come the 9th of February. No international feature film has ever won the gold for Best Picture. We (along with the whole of South Korea) are rooting for Parasite to change that, come the 9th of February.
Pain and Glory (Spain) | Oscars 2020
While this award is Parasite’s to lose, bigger surprises have been witnessed at the Oscars over the years. And any of the other four movies battling Parasite might have the last laugh. One of them is the Spanish motion picture Pain and Glory starring Antonio Banderas and Penelope Cruz.
Banderas’s portrayal of a veteran film director has also earned him a Best Actor nomination. The character even bears a bit of resemblance to Pedro Almodovar, the man at the helm of Pain and Glory. A strong script combined with Banderas’s masterful performance makes this one a spectacular tale. And if Parasite is to be pipped to the award at Oscars 2020, Pain and Glory is the most likely to do it.
Les Miserables (France) | Oscars 2020
Ladj Ly’s Les Miserables is an evocative portrait of a restive Parisian suburb where tensions between different groups are always close to the surface. The ending leaves the viewers questioning a lot of things and that is the biggest strength of Les Miserables. It also means that the movie has more than an outside chance of landing the big prize.
Another history-maker in this year’s lineup is Macedonia’s Honeyland. For the first time in the storied history of the Oscars, production has been nominated for both Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary. It revolves around the life of a rural beekeeper in northern Macedonia whose peaceful life gets turned upside down after the arrival of new neighbors next door.
The subtle eco-parable of Honeyland certainly rings loud in an age where climate change is arguably the most urgent issue facing the human race. A touching tribute to Mother Nature, it also laments man’s selfishness, greed, and voracious consumption of scarce resources.
Corpus Christi (Poland)
Last but not the least, we have the story of a devout young Christian who aspires to join the clergy. However, he’s got a criminal record that prevents him from doing so. But when a twist of fate lands him into the local priest’s office, he sees this as his big break. As they say, every saint has a past and Daniel intends to leave his behind for good.
That’s it from us. Which incredible production is your pick for Best International Feature Film? Feel free to let us know.