List of submissions to the 44th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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The following 20 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 44th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USSR. The Oscar went to The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, a drama about an aristocratic Jewish family in Italy.[1] France, which received 27 nominations between 1957 and 1991, failed to receive an Oscar nomination for only the fourth time since the inauguration of the Foreign Language Film award.

Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa gained his first nomination for the award (although he had received an honorary award at the 24th Academy Awards in 1951 for Rashomon) for Dodes'ka-den, a film which was a critical and commercial failure in his native Japan.

Bulgaria and Canada submitted films for consideration for the first time.

Country Film title used in nomination Language Original name Director -
 Brazil Pra Quem Fica, Tchau Portuguese Pra Quem Fica, Tchau Reginaldo Faria [1]
 Bulgaria Porcupines Are Born Without Bristles Bulgarian Таралежите се раждат без бодли Dimitar Petrov [2]
 Canada Mon oncle Antoine French Mon oncle Antoine Claude Jutra [3]
 Denmark The Missing Clerk Danish Forsvundne fuldmægtig Gert Fredholm [4]
 Egypt A Woman and a Man Arabic امرأة و رجل Houssam Eddine Mostafa []
 France Ramparts of Clay French Remparts d'argile Jean-Louis Bertucelli [5]
 West Germany The Castle German Das Schloß Rudolf Noelte [6]
 Hungary Love Hungarian Szerelem Károly Makk [7]
 India Reshma Aur Shera Hindi रेशमा और शेरा Sunil Dutt [8]
 Israel The Policeman Hebrew Ha-Shoter Azulai Ephraim Kishon [9]
 Italy The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Italian Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini Vittorio De Sica [10]
 Japan Dodes'ka-den Japanese どですかでん Akira Kurosawa [11]
 Mexico El Topo Spanish El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky [12]
 Netherlands Mira Dutch Mira Fons Rademakers [13]
 Poland Family Life Polish Życie rodzinne Krzysztof Zanussi [14]
 Romania The Last Crusade Romanian Mihai Viteazul Sergiu Nicolaescu [15]
 Spain Marta Spanish ...dopo di che, uccide il maschio e lo divora José Antonio Nieves Conde [16]
 Sweden The Emigrants Swedish Utvandrarna Jan Troell [17]
 Soviet Union Tchaikovsky Russian Чайкoвский Igor Talankin [18]
 Yugoslavia Black Seed Macedonian Црно семе Kiril Cenevski [19]


  1. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-11-27.