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

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Finland has submitted twenty-seven films for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category to the Oscars. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 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]

The Finnish Academy Awards submission is selected by an expert jury which is chosen by the Finnish Film Foundation.[2]

All 29 films listed below were accepted by AMPAS, although two films- Drifting Clouds and Lights in the Dusk- were withdrawn by director Aki Kaurismäki after the films were sent to Hollywood in both 1996 and 2006. According to Mark Johnson (producer), the chairman of the Academy's foreign-language committee, he was told by the Finnish selection committee that Kaurismaki does not like film competitions. [3] As of 2016, only one Finnish film has been nominated for the Foreign Film Oscar- their 2002 submission The Man Without a Past was nominated for an Oscar on January 2003. Ironically, Past was also directed by Kaurismäki, but was not withdrawn. However, Kaurismaki boycotted the Academy Awards ceremony as protest over the U.S. involvement in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. [4]

Because of Kaurismaki's withdrawals, Klaus Härö has represented Finland more than any other Finnish director - four times.

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.[5] 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 Finland for review by the Academy for the award by the year of the submission and the respective Academy Award ceremony.

All films were in Finnish except for their 2000 submission Seven Songs from the Tundra which was in Nenets and 2011 submission Le Havre which was in French. Their 2003 & 2005 submissions were half in Swedish (also an official language of Finland), and their 1973 submission was in a Finnish dialect native to the Northern part of the country. The 2015 submission was in Estonian.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Title in the original language Director Result
1973
(46th)
The Earth Is a Sinful Song Maa on syntinen laulu Mollberg, RauniRauni Mollberg Not Nominated
1980
(53rd)
Tulipää Tulipää Pirjo Honkasalo &
Pekka Lehto
Not Nominated
1981
(54th)
Sign of the Beast Pedon merkki Pakkasvirta, JaakkoJaakko Pakkasvirta Not Nominated
1984
(57th)
Pessi and Illusia Pessi ja Illusia Partanen, HeikkiHeikki Partanen Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
The Unknown Soldier Tuntematon sotilas Mollberg, RauniRauni Mollberg Not Nominated
1987
(60th)
The Snow Queen Lumikuningatar Hartzell, PäiviPäivi Hartzell Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
The Winter War Talvisota Parikka, PekkaPekka Parikka Not Nominated
1994
(66th)
Ripa Hits the Skids Ripa ruostuu Lindblad, ChristianChristian Lindblad Not Nominated
1995
(68th)
The Last Wedding Kivenpyörittäjän kylä Pölönen, MarkkuMarkku Pölönen Not Nominated
1996
(69th)
Drifting Clouds Kauas pilvet karkaavat Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Disqualified[6]
1997
(70th)
The Collector Neitoperho Mantila, AuliAuli Mantila Not Nominated
1998
(71st)
A Summer by the River Kuningasjätkä Pölönen, MarkkuMarkku Pölönen Not Nominated
1999
(72nd)
The Tough Ones Häjyt Mäkelä, AleksiAleksi Mäkelä Not Nominated
2000
(73rd)
Seven Songs from the Tundra Seitsemän laulua tundralta Anastasia Lapsui &
Markku Lehmuskallio
Not Nominated
2001
(74th)
The River Joki Lampela, JarmoJarmo Lampela Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Nominated
2003
(76th)
Elina: As If I Wasn't There Elina - Som om jag inte fanns Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
Producing Adults Lapsia ja aikuisia - Kuinka niitä tehdään? Salmenperä, AleksiAleksi Salmenperä Not Nominated
2005:
(78th)
Mother of Mine Äideistä parhain Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
Lights in the Dusk Laitakaupungin valot Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Withdrawn[7]
2007
(80th)
A Man's Job Miehen työ Salmenperä, AleksiAleksi Salmenperä Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
The Home of Dark Butterflies Tummien perhosten koti Karukoski, DomeDome Karukoski Not Nominated
2009
(82nd)
Letters to Father Jacob Postia pappi Jaakobille Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Steam of Life[8] Miesten vuoro Berghäll, JoonasJoonas Berghäll Not Nominated[9]
2011
(84th)
Le Havre[10] Le Havre Kaurismaki, AkiAki Kaurismaki Not Nominated
2012
(85th)
Purge[11] Puhdistus Jokinen, AnttiAntti Jokinen Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Disciple[12] Lärjungen Bengts, UlrikaUlrika Bengts Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Concrete Night[13] Betoniyö Honkasalo, PirjoPirjo Honkasalo Not Nominated
2015
(88th)
The Fencer[14] Miekkailija Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Made December Shortlist[15]
2016
(89th)
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki[16] Hymyilevä mies Kuosmanen, JuhoJuho Kuosmanen Not Nominated

See also[edit]

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. ^ http://www.ses.fi/en/news_news.asp?id=2470
  3. ^ Selkokari, Antti (2006-10-18). "Kaurismaki turns off 'Lights' on Oscar bid". Variety. 
  4. ^ Selkokari, Antti (2006-10-18). "Kaurismaki turns off 'Lights' on Oscar bid". Variety. 
  5. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  6. ^ Withdrawn by the director prior to its official screening
  7. ^ Withdrawn by the director prior to its official screening. Source: http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117952175.html
  8. ^ "Steam Of Life Is Finnish Oscar Entry". nordiskfilmogtvfond. Archived from the original on 14 July 2011. Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  9. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  10. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  11. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (19 September 2012). "Finland picks 'Purge' for Oscar contest". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Finland Selects ‘Disciple’ as Oscar Candidate". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  13. ^ "Oscars: Balkans and Baltics Choose Submissions for Best Foreign-Language Film Race". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  14. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (1 September 2015). "Oscars: Finland Selects 'The Fencer' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Advance In Oscar Race". Oscars. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  16. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (5 September 2016). "Oscars: Finland Selects 'The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 

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