List of Egyptian submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

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Egypt has submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1958, when Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station became both the first African and the first Arab film to contend for the award.

The Foreign Film 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. The award was created for the 1956 Academy Awards, succeeding the non-competitive Honorary Academy Awards which were presented between 1947 and 1955 to the best foreign language films released in the United States.

Egypt has submitted thirty-four films to the Foreign Oscar competition but has never yet achieved a coveted Oscar nomination. They virtually disappeared from the competition during the sixteen-year period between 1982-2001 (sending a total of three films), but returned as a regular participant in 1999.

Youssef Chahine represented Egypt four times, more than any other director.

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.[3] 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.[4] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Egypt for review by the Academy for the award by year.

Submissions between 1958 and 1960 were submitted under the name of the United Arab Republic, which was the formal name of Egypt at the time.

All films were in Arabic.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1958
(31st)
Cairo Station باب الحديد Youssef Chahine Not Nominated
1959
(32nd)
The Nightingale's Prayer دعاء الكروان Henry Barakat Not Nominated
1960
(33rd)
Teenagers المراهقات Ahmed Diaeddin Not Nominated
1961
(34th)
Love and Faith وا إسلاماه Enrico Bomba, Andrew Marton Not Nominated
1962
(35th)
Chased by the Dogs اللص والكلاب Kamal El Sheikh Not Nominated
1964
(37th)
Mother of the Bride أم العروسة Atef Salem Not Nominated
1965
(38th)
The Impossible المستحيل Hussein Kamal Not Nominated
1966
(39th)
Cairo 30 القاهرة 30 Salah Abu Seif Not Nominated
1970
(43rd)
The Night of Counting the Years المومياء Shadi Abdel Salam Not Nominated
1971
(44th)
A Woman and a Man امرأة و رجل Houssam Eddine Mostafa Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
My Wife and the Dog زوجتي و الكلب Said Marzouk Not Nominated
1973
(46th)
Empire M إمبراطورية ميم Hussein Kamal Not Nominated
1974
(47th)
Enslaved by the Past Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
I Want a Solution أريد حلاً Said Marzouk Not Nominated
1976
(49th)
Whom Should We Shoot? على من نطلق الرصاص Kamal El Sheikh Not Nominated
1979
(52nd)
Alexandria... Why? إسكندرية... ليه؟ Youssef Chahine Not Nominated
1981
(54th)
People on the Top أهل القمة Ali Badrakhan Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Alexandria Again and Forever اسكندرية كمان وكمان Youssef Chahine Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Land of Dreams أرض الاحلام Daoud Abdel Sayed Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Destiny المصير Youssef Chahine Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
A Girl's Secret أسرار البنات Magdy Ahmed Aly Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Sleepless Nights سهر الليالى Hany Khalifa Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
I Love Cinema بحب السيما Osama Fawzy Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
The Yacoubian Building عمارة يعقوبيان Marwan Hamed Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
In the Heliopolis Flat في شقة مصر الجديدة Mohamed Khan Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
The Island الجزيرة Sherif Arafa Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Messages from the Sea[5] رسائل البحر Daoud Abdel Sayed Not Nominated[6]
2011
(84th)
Lust[7] الشوق Khaled El Hagar Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Winter of Discontent[8] الشتا إللى فات Ibrahim El Batout Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Factory Girl[9] فتاة المصنع Mohamed Khan Not Nominated
2016
(89th)
Clash[10] اشتباك Mohamed Diab Not Nominated
2017
(90th)
Sheikh Jackson[11] شيخ جاكسون Amr Salama Not Nominated
2018
(91st)
Yomeddine[12] يوم الدين Abu Bakr Shawky Not Nominated
2019
(92nd)
Poisonous Roses[13] ورد مسموم Fawzi Saleh
TBD

The Egyptian Academy has been known in recent years for choosing topical films that are controversial at home. Coptic Christians launched an unsuccessful court case against 2004 submission I Love Cinema [14] while dozens of Egyptian parliamentarians and a number of Muslim clerics similarly tried to ban The Yacoubian Building for depicting its depictions of Islamic fundamentalism and particularly homosexuality.[15] 2002's Secret of the Young Girl a drama about teenage pregnancy,[16] and 2003's Sleepless Nights, an examination of sex, divorce and relationships inside and outside of marriage [17] also courted controversy among conservatives in Egypt.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Academy announces rules for 92nd Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Academy Announces Rule Changes For 92nd Oscars". Forbes. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  4. ^ "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 26 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Messages From The Sea represents Egypt in Oscar". alarabiacinema. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  6. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 19 January 2011.
  7. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Egypt Pics "Winter" as its Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 29 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Oscars: Egypt Selects 'Factory Girl' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  10. ^ Ritman, Alex (1 September 2016). "Oscars: Egypt Selects 'Clash' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2016.
  11. ^ Vlessing, Etan (11 September 2017). "Oscars: Egypt Selects 'Sheikh Jackson' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  12. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (13 September 2018). "Oscars: Egypt Selects 'Yomeddine' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  13. ^ "Egypt nominates "poisoned rose" for the Academy Award". Teller Report. 5 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  14. ^ "They don't love this movie". Archived from the original on 24 July 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  15. ^ "Interviews".
  16. ^ "Girls' secrets aired in Egypt". BBC News. 5 May 2001. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  17. ^ Frater, Patrick (12 September 2003). "Egyptian Oscar nominee courts controversy".

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