List of Russian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Russia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1992. Prior to that, Russian films were strongly represented among the films submitted by the former Soviet Union. The Foreign Language Film award is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1]

Each year, the Academy invites countries to submit their best films for competition, with only one film being accepted from each country.[1] The Soviet Union had a strong record in the category, receiving a total of nine nominations between 1968–1984, including three winners – War and Peace, Dersu Uzala and Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Eight of the nominees, including all three winners, were produced by Russian film studios. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, films representing the Russian Federation won a further five nominations, including one Oscar win for Burnt by the Sun.[2]

Nikita Mikhalkov has been chosen to represent Russia four times. While The Barber of Siberia was disqualified when the print did not arrive in Los Angeles in time, the other three films were all nominated for an Oscar.


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Russia, and the Soviet Union for review by the Academy since 1968. All Soviet and Russian submissions were filmed mostly in Russian except for 1987's Georgian language Repentance.

Among the submissions were two films that sat on the shelf for several years awaiting approval from Soviet censors (1987–1988), a Japanese co-production (1975), a documentary (1981), a horror movie about vampires (2004), a Russian film dubbed into German (1999) and a slew of historical dramas.


Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Stalingrad[3] Сталинград Bondarchuk, FedorFedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
White Tiger[4] Белый тигр Shakhnazarov, KarenKaren Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel[5] Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Not Nominated
The Edge Край Uchitel, AlexeiAlexei Uchitel Not Nominated[6]
Ward No. 6 Палата №6 Gornovsky, AleksandrAleksandr Gornovsky and Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
Mermaid Русалка Melikian, AnnaAnna Melikian Not Nominated
12 12 Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Nominee
9th Company 9 рота Bondarchuk, FedorFedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
The Italian Итальянец Kravchuk, AndreiAndrei Kravchuk Not Nominated
Night Watch Ночной дозор Bekmambetov, TimurTimur Bekmambetov Not Nominated
The Return Возвращение Zvyagintsev, AndreiAndrei Zvyagintsev Not Nominated
House of Fools Дом дураков Konchalovsky, AndreiAndrei Konchalovsky Not Nominated
The Romanovs: An Imperial Family Романовы - Венценосная семья Panfilov, GlebGleb Panfilov Not Nominated
His Wife's Diary Дневник его жены Uchitel, AlexeiAlexei Uchitel Not Nominated
Moloch Молох Sokurov, AlexanderAlexander Sokurov Not Nominated
The Barber of Siberia [7] Сибирский цирюльник Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Disqualifed
The Thief Вор Chukhrai, PavelPavel Chukhrai Nominee
Prisoner of the Mountains Кавказский пленник Bodrov, SergeiSergei Bodrov Nominee
The Moslem Мусульманин Khotinenko, VladimirVladimir Khotinenko Not Nominated
Burnt by the Sun Утомлённые солнцем Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Won Academy Award
Close to Eden Урга Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Nominee

Soviet Union[edit]

During Soviet times, all the constituent republics were joined as one nation, and it was routine for productions to have cast and crew from throughout the country. However, each republic had its own film studios, and the "Republic of Production" indicates the republic of the film studio that produced the film.

Film title used in nomination Russian title Director Republic of Production Result
Get Thee Hence Изыди! Astrakhan, DmitryDmitry Astrakhan  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Taxi Blues Такси-блюз Lungin, PavelPavel Lungin  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Zero City Город Зеро Shakhnazarov, KarenKaren Shakhnazarov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Commissar Комиссар Askoldov, AleksandrAleksandr Askoldov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Repentance Покаяние
მონანიება [8]
Abuladze, TengizTengiz Abuladze  Georgian SSR Not Nominated
The Wild Pigeon Чужая белая и рябой Solovyov, SergeiSergei Solovyov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Come and See Иди и смотри Klimov, ElemElem Klimov  Byelorussian SSR
 Russian SFSR
Not Nominated
Wartime Romance Военно-полевой роман Todorovsky, PyotrPyotr Todorovsky  Ukrainian SSR Nominee
Vassa Васса Panfilov, GlebGleb Panfilov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Private Life Частная жизнь Raizman, YuliYuli Raizman  Russian SFSR Nominee
O, Sport, You – the Peace! О спорт, ты - мир! Ozerov (director), YuriYuri Ozerov (director)  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears Москва слезам не верит Menshov, VladimirVladimir Menshov  Russian SFSR Won Academy Award
Autumn Marathon Осенний марафон Daneliya, GeorgiyGeorgiy Daneliya  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
White Bim Black Ear Белый Бим Черное ухо Rostotsky, StanislavStanislav Rostotsky  Russian SFSR Nominee
The Ascent Восхождение Shepitko, LarisaLarisa Shepitko  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
They Fought for Their Country Они сражались за родину Bondarchuk, SergeiSergei Bondarchuk  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
Dersu Uzala Дерсу Узала Kurosawa, AkiraAkira Kurosawa  Russian SFSR Won Academy Award
The Ferocious One Лютый Okeyev, TolomushTolomush Okeyev  Kirghiz SSR
 Kazakh SSR
Not Nominated
Liberation Освобождение Ozerov (director), YuriYuri Ozerov (director)  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
The Dawns Here Are Quiet А зори здесь тихие Rostotsky, StanislavStanislav Rostotsky  Russian SFSR Nominee
Tchaikovsky Чайкoвский Talankin, IgorIgor Talankin  Russian SFSR Nominee
The Brothers Karamazov Братья Карамазовы Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev
& Mikhail Ulyanov
 Russian SFSR Nominee
War and Peace Война и мир Bondarchuk, SergeiSergei Bondarchuk  Russian SFSR Won Academy Award
My Name is Ivan Иваново детство Tarkovsky, AndreiAndrei Tarkovsky  Russian SFSR Not Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  2. ^ "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Award Statistics. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. last updated in March 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-15. 
  3. ^ "Russia Nominates WWII Movie ‘Stalingrad’ for Oscars". RIA. Retrieved 2013-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Karen Shakhnazarov’s “White Tiger”nominated for Oscar". PanArmenian (PanArmenian). 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  7. ^ Disqualified when a print didn't arrive in Los Angeles in time
  8. ^ Georgian language title