SEOUL—College film golf equipment in this article huddled in excess of early morning beers observing the 92nd Academy Awards, though business office employees, having just punched the clock Monday early morning, followed dwell updates, and just one elderly shopkeeper with a individual interest kept monitor by way of a compact Television on a shop shelf.

They had been all awaiting the destiny of a hometown film, “Parasite,” whose distinctly South Korean tale about socioeconomic course division experienced unexpectedly charmed the cinema planet.