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

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Algeria has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1969. 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] 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]

As of 2016, four Algerian films have been nominated for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and One of these films, Costa Gavras' Z, has won the award.[3] The other two Algerian directors to have films accepted as nominees are Ettore Scola and Rachid Bouchareb. Scola's Le Bal was accepted as a nominee at the 56th Academy Awards.[4] Bouchareb has had two films accepted as nominees: Dust of Life at the 68th Academy Awards and Days of Glory at the 79th Academy Awards, but neither of his other submissions were accepted as nominees.[5]

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 Algeria 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
1969
(42nd)
Z[6] Z Gavras, CostaCosta Gavras Won Academy Award
1975
(48th)
Chronicle of the Years of Fire Chronique des années de braise
وقائع سنين الجمر
Lakhdar-Hamina, MohammedMohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
Sandstorm Vent de sable Lakhdar-Hamina, MohammedMohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
1983
(56th)
Le Bal Le Bal Scola, EttoreEttore Scola Nominated
1987
(60th)
The Last Image La Dernière image Lakhdar-Hamina, MohammedMohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
Cheb Cheb Bouchareb, RachidRachid Bouchareb Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Autumn: October in Algiers Automne... Octobre à Alger Lakhdar-Hamina, MalikMalik Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
Dust of Life Poussières de vie Bouchareb, RachidRachid Bouchareb Nominated
1996
(69th)
Hi Cousin! Salut cousin! Allouache, MerzakMerzak Allouache Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Little Senegal Little Senegal Bouchareb, RachidRachid Bouchareb Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
Inch'Allah Dimanche Inch'Allah dimanche Benguigui, YaminaYamina Benguigui Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
Rachida Rachida Chouikh, Yamina BachirYamina Bachir Chouikh Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Days of Glory Indigènes
إنديجان
Bouchareb, RachidRachid Bouchareb Nominated
2008
(81st)
Masquerades Mascarades
مسخرة
Salem, LyesLyes Salem Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Outside the Law Hors-la-loi Bouchareb, RachidRachid Bouchareb Nominated[7]
2012
(85th)
Zabana![8] زبانة Saïd Ould Khelifa Not Nominated
2015
(88th)
Twilight of Shadows[9] غروب الظلال Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
The Well[10] Le puits Lotfi Bouchouchi Not Nominated

A running theme in the Algerian submissions has been the relationship between Algeria (and its citizens) and its former colonial power, France. Salut Cousin! and Inch'Allah Dimanche follow the lives of recent Algerian immigrants in France, while Cheb follows a young man who returns to his native Algeria and many years studying in France. Three others take a historical look at relations; La Dernière image tells the story of a young French schoolteacher who arrives in a small town under the control of Vichy France at the start of World War II, while the Oscar-nominated Indigènes follows a cadre of Algerian soldiers who fight in the French army during the same war. Chronique des années de braise shows the beginning of Algeria's war of independence from France through the eyes of a peasant.

Four other films- dramas Sandstorm, Autumn: October in Algiers and Rachida, plus comedy Mascarades tell more contemporary tales of Algerian life.

Algeria's four other submissions actually had little direct connection with the country. Z had a Greek-French director, while Le Bal was directed by an Italian, and neither film took place in Algeria. Rachid Bouchareb's Dust of Life followed a group of Amerasian children living in a refugee camp near Vietnam, while Little Senegal took place among illegal immigrants from Africa living in New York City.

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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. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. 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 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  3. ^ Mackay, Mairi (2008-07-26). "Legend Costa-Gavras shoots new film on home turf". CNN. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  4. ^ "Ettore Scola - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  5. ^ "Rachid Bouchareb - Awards". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
  6. ^ the Academy DataBase
  7. ^ "Nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-25. 
  8. ^ Vourlias, Christopher (27 September 2012). "'Zabana!' to carry Algeria Oscar hopes". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "81 Countries In Competition For 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar". AMPAS. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Salazar, Francisco (11 September 2016). "Oscar 2017 Predictions: 'The Well' will Represent Algeria at the Oscars". Latin Post. Retrieved 11 September 2016. 

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