List of submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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This is a list of submissions to the 85th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956.[1] The award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1][2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.[2] Nine shortlisted contenders will be revealed a week before the announcement of the Oscar nominations.[2]

The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1, 2011, and September 30, 2012.[2]

On October 8, 2012, the Academy announced the final list of eligible submissions, with a record number of 71 films.[3][4] Nine finalists were announced in December 2012,[5] which were shortlisted in January, with the final five nominees announced on January 10, 2013.[6] The Austrian entry Amour directed by Michael Haneke was the eventual winner.[7]

Kenya submitted its first film in the Foreign Language category with Nairobi Half Life.[8] Cambodia made its first submission in 18 years (and its second overall) with Lost Loves.[9]

Submissions[edit]

Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Afghanistan The Patience Stone[10] سنگ صبور Persian Atiq Rahimi Not Nominated
 Albania Pharmakon[11] Pharmakon Albanian Joni Shanaj Not Nominated
 Algeria Zabana![12] زبانة Arabic, French Saïd Ould Khelifa Not Nominated
 Argentina Clandestine Childhood[13] Infancia clandestina Spanish Benjamín Ávila Not Nominated
 Armenia If Only Everyone[14] Եթե բոլորը Armenian, Russian Nataliya Belyauskene Not Nominated
 Australia Lore[15] Lore German Cate Shortland Not Nominated
 Austria Amour[16] Amour French Michael Haneke Won Academy Award[7]
 Azerbaijan Buta[17] Buta Azeri Ilgar Najaf Not Nominated
 Bangladesh Pleasure Boy Komola[18] ঘেটুপুত্র কমলা Bengali Humayun Ahmed Not Nominated
 Belgium Our Children[19] À perdre la raison French Joachim Lafosse Not Nominated
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Children of Sarajevo[20] Djeca Bosnian Aida Begić Not Nominated
 Brazil The Clown[21] O Palhaço Portuguese Selton Mello Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Sneakers[22] Кецове Bulgarian Valeri Yordanov Not Nominated
 Cambodia Lost Loves[9] ឃ្លាតទៅសែនឆ្ងាយ Khmer Chhay Bora Not Nominated
 Canada War Witch[23] Rebelle French, Lingala Kim Nguyen Nominated[6]
 Chile No[24] No Spanish Pablo Larraín Nominated[6]
 China Caught in the Web[25] 搜索 Mandarin Chinese Chen Kaige Not Nominated
 Colombia The Snitch Cartel[26] El Cartel de los Sapos Spanish Carlos Moreno Not Nominated
 Croatia Vegetarian Cannibal[27] Ljudožder vegetarijanac Croatian Branko Schmidt Not Nominated
 Czech Republic In the Shadow[28] Ve stínu Czech, German David Ondříček Not Nominated
 Denmark A Royal Affair[29] En kongelig affære Danish Nikolaj Arcel Nominated[6]
 Dominican Republic Jaque Mate[30] Jaque Mate Spanish José María Cabral Not Nominated
 Estonia Mushrooming[31] Seenelkäik Estonian Toomas Hussar Not Nominated
 Finland Purge[32] Puhdistus Finnish Antti Jokinen Not Nominated
 France The Intouchables[33] Intouchables French Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano Made January Shortlist[5]
 Georgia Keep Smiling[34] გაიღიმეთ Georgian Rusudan Chkonia Not Nominated
 Germany Barbara[35] Barbara German Christian Petzold Not Nominated
 Greece Unfair World[36] Adikos kosmos / Άδικος Κόσμος Greek Filippos Tsitos Not Nominated
 Greenland Inuk[37] Inuk Greenlandic Mike Magidson Not Nominated
 Hong Kong Life Without Principle[38] 奪命金 Cantonese Johnnie To Not Nominated
 Hungary Just the Wind[39] Csak a szél Hungarian Benedek Fliegauf Not Nominated
 Iceland The Deep[40] Djúpið Icelandic Baltasar Kormákur Made January Shortlist[5]
 India Barfi![41] बर्फी Hindi Anurag Basu Not Nominated
 Indonesia The Dancer[42] Sang Penari Indonesian, Banyumasan Ifa Isfansyah Not Nominated
 Israel Fill the Void[43] למלא את החלל Hebrew Rama Burshtein Not Nominated
 Italy Caesar Must Die[44] Cesare deve morire Italian Paolo and Vittorio Taviani Not Nominated
 Japan Our Homeland[45] かぞくのくに / Kazoku no kuni Japanese, Korean Yong-hi Yang Not Nominated
 Kazakhstan Myn Bala: Warriors of the Steppe[46] Жаужүрек мың бала Kazakh Akan Satayev Not Nominated
 Kenya Nairobi Half Life[8] Nairobi Half Life Swahili David 'Tosh' Gitonga Not Nominated
 Kyrgyzstan The Empty Home[47] Пустой дом Kyrgyz, Russian, French Nurbek Egen Not Nominated
 Latvia Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg[48] Golfa straume zem ledus kalna Russian Yevgeni Pashkevich Not Nominated
 Lithuania Ramin[49] Ramin Georgian Audrius Stonys Not Nominated
 Macedonia The Third Half[50] Трето полувреме Macedonian, German, Bulgarian Darko Mitrevski Not Nominated
 Malaysia Bunohan[51] Bunohan Malay Dain Said Not Nominated
 Mexico After Lucia[52] Después de Lucía Spanish Michel Franco Not Nominated
 Morocco Death for Sale[53] موت للبيع Arabic Faouzi Bensaïdi Not Nominated
 Netherlands Kauwboy[54] Kauwboy Dutch Boudewijn Koole Not Nominated
 Norway Kon-Tiki[55] Kon-Tiki Norwegian Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg Nominated[6]
 Palestine When I Saw You[56] لما شفتك Arabic Annemarie Jacir Not Nominated
 Peru The Bad Intentions[57] Las malas intenciones Spanish Rosario Garcia-Montero Not Nominated
 Philippines Bwakaw[58] Bwakaw Tagalog Jun Lana Not Nominated
 Poland 80 Million[59] 80 milionów Polish Waldemar Krzystek Not Nominated
 Portugal Blood of My Blood[60] Sangue do meu Sangue Portuguese João Canijo Not Nominated
 Romania Beyond the Hills[61] După dealuri Romanian Cristian Mungiu Made January Shortlist[5]
 Russia White Tiger[62] Белый тигр Russian Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
 Serbia When Day Breaks[63] Кад сване дан Serbian Goran Paskaljević Not Nominated
 Singapore Already Famous[64] Already Famous Mandarin, Hokkien, Malay, English Michelle Chong Not Nominated
 Slovakia Made in Ash[65] Až do mesta Aš Slovak, German, Czech Iveta Grófová Not Nominated
 Slovenia A Trip[66] Izlet Slovene Nejc Gazvoda Not Nominated
 South Africa Little One[67] Umfaan Afrikaans Darrell Roodt Not Nominated
 South Korea Pietà[68] 피에타 Korean Kim Ki-duk Not Nominated
 Spain Blancanieves[69] Blancanieves No dialogue (Intertitles in Spanish) Pablo Berger Not Nominated
 Sweden The Hypnotist[70] Hypnotisören Swedish Lasse Hallström Not Nominated
  Switzerland Sister[71] L'Enfant d'en haut French Ursula Meier Made January Shortlist[5]
 Taiwan Touch of the Light[72] 逆光飛翔 Mandarin Chinese Chang Jung-Chi Not Nominated
 Thailand Headshot[73] ฝนตกขึ้นฟ้า Thai Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Not Nominated
 Turkey Where the Fire Burns[74] Ateşin Düştüğü Yer Turkish İsmail Güneş Not Nominated
 Ukraine The Firecrosser[75] Той, хто пройшов крізь вогонь Ukrainian, Russian, English, Tatar Mykhailo Illienko Not Nominated
 Uruguay The Delay[76] La Demora Spanish Rodrigo Plá Not Nominated
 Venezuela Rock, Paper, Scissors[77] Piedra, papel o tijera Spanish Hernán Jabes Not Nominated
 Vietnam The Scent of Burning Grass[78] Mùi cỏ cháy Vietnamese Nguyễn Hữu Mười Not Nominated

Other countries[edit]

Bolivia's nominating body, the Asociación de Cineastas Bolivianos, proposed sending Jorge Sanjinés' Insurgentes to represent Bolivia, and invited the film's producers to assemble the necessary documents to enter the film in the race. However, citing time restraints, the film's representatives declined to participate. Bolivia had been absent the past two years in large part because no local films fully met all AMPAS requirements.[79]

Cuba confirmed that it would not submit a film.[76]

Iran's Academy confirmed their participation in the competition on September 21, 2012, noting however that they had considered boycotting the Oscars due to the Innocence of Muslims video on YouTube that originated in the United States, and planned to send a strongly worded letter to that effect.[80] On September 24, it was announced that Iran's official selection committee had selected A Cube of Sugar by Reza Mirkarimi as the official Iranian submission.[81] On the same day, the head of Iran's government controlled cinema agency called for a boycott of the Oscars and Reuters reported that Iran's Culture and Islamic Guidance Minister Mohammad Hosseini had confirmed that Iran would boycott.[82]

Luxembourg announced that their national selection committee had met and decided not to send a film. The country last competed in 2009.[83]

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