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

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Ukraine has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1997. The award 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] As of 2013, seven films have been selected to represent Ukraine in this category, and five were accepted and screened by AMPAS. The sixth film, A Driver for Vera was disqualified for having insufficient Ukrainian input.

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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 Ukraine 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(s) Result
1997
(70th)
Friend of the Deceased Приятель небіжчика (Pryiatel nebizhchyka)
Приятель покойника (Priyatel pokoinika)
Krishtofovych, VyacheslavVyacheslav Krishtofovych Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Mamay [2] Мамай Sanin, OlesOles Sanin Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
A Driver for Vera [3] Водій для Віри (Vodiy dlya Viry)
Водитель для Веры (Voditel dlya Very)
Chukhrai, PavelPavel Chukhrai Disqualified
2006
(79th)
Aurora [4] Аврора Bayrak, OksanaOksana Bayrak Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
Illusion of Fear [5] Ілюзія страху (Iliuziya strakhu) Kiriyenko, OleksandrOleksandr Kiriyenko Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
Firecrosser[6] Той, хто пройшов крізь вогонь Illienko, MykhailoMykhailo Illienko Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Paradjanov[7] Параджанов Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova Not Nominated

The Ukrainians have had a shaky record in this category:

  • In 2004, A Driver for Vera was disqualified for being a majority-Russian production. The film was largely shot in Ukraine, and was a co-production between Russian and Ukrainian production companies, but the film was made in Russian by a Russian writer-director (Pavlo Chukhrai, who represented Russia in this category and won an Oscar nomination in 1997) and five of the six top-billed actors were Russian.
  • In 2006, a Columbia University film professor alleged that Ukraine's selection process was opaque, and that cancer drama Aurora had never actually screened in accordance with AMPAS ruels. [8] Despite the protest, Aurora was accepted and screened.
  • In 2007, Ukraine announced that a special committee had been formed to choose a Ukrainian nominee. However, it was announced in October 2007 that although three films were eligible, the committee had never met to choose a nominee.

Black comedy Friend of the Deceased (in Russian), surreal Ukrainian-language romance Mamay, and political thriller-cum-fantasy Illusion of Fear (also largely in Russian) all represented the country without incident.

The first and only Ukrainian production to be nominated for an Oscar was Wartime Romance, a Russian-language production made by Odessa Film Studios which was selected to represent the Soviet Union in late 1984, and which received an Oscar nomination at the 1985 Academy Awards.

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