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

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Turkish director Tunç Başaran has had two of his films submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Turkey has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film on a regular basis since 1989. Prior to that, they also sent a single film (Dry Summer) in the 1960s after it won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. The Oscar is handed out annually by the United States 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] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[2]

Over the years, seventeen films have been submitted by Turkey for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. Although their 2008 submission Three Monkeys made the nine-film shortlist, no Turkish film has ever achieved an Oscar nomination. Additionally, Switzerland sent two Turkish language films to the competition, including Yol in 1982 which was a fully Turkish production by a Turkish director that had to be smuggled into Switzerland for post-production due to political considerations, and Journey of Hope, a film about Turkish refugees made by a Swiss director in conjunction with European film companies. Journey of Hope was submitted in 1990 and won the 1991 Oscar representing Switzerland. Over the years, several other European countries have chosen films that were partially set in Turkey and featured large sections in Turkish including Austria (For a Moment, Freedom), Germany (The Edge of Heaven) and Greece (A Touch of Spice).

Three directors have represented Turkey in the competition more than once: Tunç Başaran, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Yavuz Turgul.

Submissions[edit]

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.[2] 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 Turkey for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1964
(37th)
Dry Summer Susuz yaz Erksan, MetinMetin Erksan & David E. Durston Not Nominated
1989
(62nd)
Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar Başaran, TunçTunç Başaran Not Nominated
1992
(65th)
Piano Piano Kid Piyano Piyano Bacaksız Başaran, TunçTunç Başaran Not Nominated
1993
(66th)
The Blue Exile Mavi Sürgün Kıral, ErdenErden Kıral Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Tarzan of Manisa Manisa Tarzanı Oğuz, OrhanOrhan Oğuz Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
The Bandit Eşkıya Turgul, YavuzYavuz Turgul Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds Salkım Hanımın Taneleri Giritlioğlu, TomrisTomris Giritlioğlu Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Run for Money Kaç Para Kaç Erdem, RehaReha Erdem Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Hejar Büyük Adam Küçük Aşk IpeckiHandan İpekçi Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
9 9 UnalÜmit Ünal Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Distant Uzak Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan Not Nominated
2005
(78th)
Lovelorn Gönül Yarası Turgul, YavuzYavuz Turgul Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Ice Cream, I Scream Dondurmam Gaymak Aksu, YükselYüksel Aksu Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
A Man's Fear of God Takva Kızıltan, ÖzerÖzer Kızıltan Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
Three Monkeys Üç Maymun Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan Made January Shortlist
2009
(82nd)
I Saw the Sun Güneşi Gördüm Kırmızıgül, MahsunMahsun Kırmızıgül Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Honey Bal Kaplanoğlu, SemihSemih Kaplanoğlu Not Nominated[3]
2011
(84th)
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia[4] Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
Where the Fire Burns[5] Ateşin Düştüğü Yer Güneş, İsmailİsmail Güneş Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
The Dream of a Butterfly[6] Kelebeğin Rüyası Erdoğan, YılmazYılmaz Erdoğan Not Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  4. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  5. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (26 September 2012). "Turkey sets 'Fire' for Oscar". Variety (Reed Business Information). Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "'Kelebeğin Rüyası' Oscar aday adayı". Ntvmsnbc. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 4 September 2013. 

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