In anticipation of the upcoming 95th Academy Awards, I chatted with Laura Mora, whose latest film The Kings of the World is Colombia’s official submission in consideration for the Best International Feature Category. The film won the Golden Seashell, the top prize at the 2022 San Sebastián Film Festival. Mora discusses development of her script, which eventually included screenwriter Maria Camila Arias, and as well as her collaboration with celebrated cinematographer David Gallego. The importance of showcasing empathy and intimacy between her characters pulls focus, and Mora speaks to the organic creative process which transpired among her first time actors during production. Netflix bought the North American rights to the film and plan to release it in 2023.