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Bhutan’s ‘Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom’ Had an Arduous, Unexpected Journey to the Oscars

If an Oscar category existed for biggest production challenges, the Bhutanese drama Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom would probably be this year’s frontrunner. Written and directed by first-time filmmaker Pawo Choyning Dorji, 38, the feature was shot in a remote Himalayan village accessible only by an eight-day trek on foot, some 3 miles above […]

How Danish Day-Drinking Comedy ‘Another Round’ Avoids “Men Behaving Badly” Trope

 For the movie — about a group of high school teachers who embrace a constant state of intoxication — actor Mads Mikkelson and his co-stars were shipped off to "drunk boot camp." 

‘I’m No Longer Here’ Director on Continuing the Mexican Filmmaking Legacy (Exclusive Video)

Fernando Frías de la Parra, the writer-director behind Mexico's entry for the Best International Feature Oscar race, talks casting non-actors and fielding praise from Guillermo Del Toro and Alfonso Cuarón for his feature debut.

Taiwan’s Chung Mong-Hong on His Epic Oscar Hopeful ‘A Sun’

Already streaming on Netflix, the director's vivid and novelistic crime drama has become a dark horse favorite in the best international film category among critics and tastemakers.

Malayalam Director Lijo Jose Pellissery Talks India’s Hallucinatory Oscars Contender ‘Jallikattu’

The filmmaking veteran opens up about how 'Jaws' and a real-life wild buffalo chase helped inspire his frenetic, horror-tinged action allegory, which tells the story of an Indian village gradually driven mad.

Youn Yuh-Jung Returns to America for ‘Minari’ — But This Time as a Movie Star

To play an unconventional grandmother in Lee  Isaac  Chung’s immigrant family drama, the Korean screen legend recalled her own experience in the United States in the 1970s.

Polish Oscar Contender’s Directors on Breaking the Rules, Casting ‘Stranger Things’ Star Alec Utgoff

'We took the risk of making a film that's not based on some direct, straight-forward story," say directors Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert about 'Never Gonna Snow Again' featuring 'Stranger Things' star Alec Utgoff as a mysterious masseur.

Oscars: Weighing the Odds in the International Feature and Documentary Categories

The competition is intense and Academy voters will be bleary-eyed as they stream the contenders vying for spots on the respective shortlists, to be announced Feb. 9.

Oscars: 6 Long Shots to Look Out for in the International Feature Race

These films are on the path to the Academy Awards, but they must charm voters to stake their claims on the shortlist.

‘Pain and Glory’: Pedro Almodovar Wanted an “Emotional Nakedness” From Star Antonio Banderas

Pedro Almodóvar discusses, 'Pain and Glory,' working with Antonio Banderas, the "paradox" of Netflix and how his 22nd and most personal movie yet is "not my last film!"

Oscars: How ‘Corpus Christi’ Director Hopes to Bridge Poland’s Cultural Divide

To make his tale of a con-man priest whose lies help heal a town's trauma, Jan Komasa had to leave his urban bubble and reconnect with "the other side" of his divided country.

Oscars: 3 International Features Spotlight Young Women’s Tales of Terrors

A fashion student, headless ghost and hotel maid struggle through war, love and wealth inequity in Algeria's 'Papicha,' Thailand's 'Inhuman Kiss' and Mexico's 'The Chambermaid,' respectively.