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

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The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1997. The Foreign Language 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.[3] As of 2019, sixteen Luxembourgian films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but none have yet been nominated for an Academy Award.


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. 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.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Luxembourg for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Film title used in nomination Original title Languages Director Result
Women Elles French, Portuguese Luís Galvão Teles Not Nominated
Back in Trouble Back in Trouble Lëtzebuergesch, German Andy Bausch Not Nominated
Dead Man's Hand Petites misères French Philippe Boon & Laurent Brandenbourger Not Nominated
I Always Wanted to Be a Saint J'ai toujours voulu être une sainte French Geneviève Mersch Not Nominated
Renart the Fox Le Roman de Renart French Thierry Schiel Not Nominated
Your Name is Justine Your Name is Justine Polish, English Franco de Pena Disqualified [4]
Little Secrets Perl oder Pica Lëtzebuergesch Pol Cruchten Not Nominated
Nuits d'Arabie Nuits d'Arabie French, Arabic Paul Kieffer Not Nominated
Refractaire Réfractaire French Nicolas Steil Not Nominated
Blind Spot[5] Doudege Wénkel Luxembourgish Christophe Wagner Not Nominated
Never Die Young[6] Never Die Young French Pol Cruchten Not Nominated
Baby(a)lone[7] Baby(a)lone Luxembourgish Donato Rotunno Not Nominated
Voices from Chernobyl[8] La supplication French Pol Cruchten Not Nominated
Barrage[9] Barrage French Laura Schroeder Not Nominated
Gutland[10] Gutland Luxembourgish, German Govinda Van Maele Not Nominated
Tel Aviv on Fire[11] תל אביב על האש, Tel Aviv Al Ha'Esh Hebrew, Arabic Sameh Zoabi

Because of Luxembourg's small size, many of the submitted films were co-productions with neighboring countries. AMPAS disqualified Your Name is Justine in 2006, arguing that Luxembourg did not have sufficient artistic control over the muilti-national film, which was directed by a Poland-based Venezuelan director, set in Germany and Poland, funded primarily by Luxembourg, and shot mostly in Polish and English. The film was originally considered to represent Poland, but it did not make Poland's four-film shortlist [12] and it was subsequently selected to represent Luxembourg.

Luxembourg's first submission, Elles also straddled the nationality guidelines. Directed by a Portuguese and set in Lisbon, the film was primarily in French, and featured a diverse lead cast from France, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and the US, but not Luxembourg. Dead Man's Hand was a minority Luxembourg production, which actually represented Belgium at several film festivals.[13] All other films were directed by native-born Luxembourgian directors.

Of Luxembourg's nine accepted submissions, two were light comedies (1998 and 2002), two were contemporary dramas (1997 and 2003) one was an animated film (2005), one was a thriller (2008,) one was a crime drama (2013,) and two were period dramas set in the 1940s (2009) and 1960s (2007).

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  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]


  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. ^ 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 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (8 November 2006). "Lux out of 'Name' game". Variety.
  5. ^ ""Doudege Wénkel" aux Oscars". Le Quotidien. Archived from the original on 15 December 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Harrowing true story from Luxembourg is Oscar hopeful". Luxembourg Wort. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Baby(A)lone is Luxembourg's Oscars hopeful". Cineuropa. 24 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  8. ^ ""Voices from Chernobyl" to represent Luxembourg". Luxemburger Wort. 9 September 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
  9. ^ Bauldry, Jess (8 September 2017). "Drama "Barrage" to represent Lux. at 2018 Oscars". Delano. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  10. ^ Brenton, Hannah (6 September 2018). "Gutland selected as Luxembourg pick for Oscars". Luxembourg Times. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  11. ^ Roxborough, Scott (24 September 2019). "Oscars: Luxembourg Selects 'Tel Aviv on Fire' for International Feature Film Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
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  13. ^ "Singapore Film Society". Singapore Film Society. Archived from the original on 13 January 2017. Retrieved 6 December 2017.

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