The Bhutanese film makes it big on the world stage, in controversy for the Oscars

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Bhutan, which is known for its quiet scenes rather than its films, is crossing its fingers in the hope of getting an Oscar in the country.

But, Pawo Choyning Dorji’s “Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom” has made it a global success.

The 2019 Bhutanese feature film had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and was selected as the Bhutanese entry for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, but was later disqualified.

However, it was re-submitted as Bhutan’s enrollment for next year, was shortlisted in December 2021, and was one of five nominees in February 2022.

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