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Shortlisted Oscar International Films Tackle Gender, Sexuality and Bullying

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Guy Lodge Film CriticYears ago, you wouldn’t have looked to the international feature category — or foreign-language film, as it was more insularly named back then — for much in the way of reflecting the modern world.

World War II history and heartwarming child’s-eye family portraits were for a long time the staple diet of an award that shied away from more nervy topics.

This year’s shortlist, however, sees a number of global filmmakers tackling more resonant, contemporary subject matter — with matters of gender and sexuality woven through a number of them.Germany’s entry, “I’m Your Man,” even strays into science fiction, a genre rarely given much attention in this category.

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