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Taiwan Selects ‘A Sun’ as Foreign Language Oscars Contender

Patrick Frater Asia Bureau ChiefTaiwan has selected Chung Mong-hong’s dark drama “A Sun” as its contender for the best international feature film section of the Academy Awards, previously referred to as the Oscar for the best foreign-language film.The selection was announced by the Ministry of Culture, which said that its special panel at the Bureau of Audiovisual and Music Industry Development had considered 18 candidate films.

In a statement, the ministry praised the film for its “memorable

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