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

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Switzerland has submitted 45 films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since their first entry in 1961. 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]

As of 2009, five Swiss films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and two of these have won the award, most recently for the Turkish refugee drama Journey of Hope at the 1991 Academy Awards.


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

The Swiss submission is decided annually by the Federal Office for Culture.[2]

Since they began submitting regularly in 1972, they have only failed to enter a film on three occasions: 1977, 1978 and 2003. In 1994, the Swiss entered but were disqualified in a controversial ruling in which AMPAS determined that one of the favorites, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red, was not a majority Swiss production.[3]

Director Alain Tanner had had his films selected five times, but none have been nominated. Xavier Koller and Swiss-based French director Jean-Luc Godard have each been selected to represent Switzerland three times.

Switzerland has four official languages- Twenty-two of the Swiss submissions have been French-language films, while thirteen were in some variety of German, and only one in Italian, but none have been in Romansh. In addition, two Swiss submissions were in Turkish.

Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director Result
The Shadows Grow Longer Die Schatten werden länger German Ladislao Vajda Not Nominated
First Love Erste Liebe German Maximilian Schell Nominated
La Salamandre La Salamandre French Alain Tanner Not Nominated
L'Invitation L'Invitation French Claude Goretta Nominated
The Middle of the World Le Milieu du monde French Alain Tanner Not Nominated
Confrontation Konfrontation Swiss German Rolf Lyssy Not Nominated
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 French Alain Tanner Not Nominated
Les petites fugues Les petites fugues French Yves Yersin Not Nominated
Every Man for Himself Sauve qui peut (la vie) French Jean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
The Boat Is Full Das Boot ist Voll German Markus Imhoof Nominated
Yol Yol Turkish Şerif Gören Not Nominated
In the White City Dans la ville blanche French Alain Tanner Not Nominated
Dangerous Moves La Diagonale du fou French Richard Dembo Won Academy Award
Alpine Fire Höhenfeuer Swiss German Fredi Murer Not Nominated
Tanner Der Schwarze Tanner Swiss German Xavier Koller Not Nominated
If the Sun Never Returns Si le soleil ne revenait pas French Claude Goretta Not Nominated
La Méridienne La Méridienne French Jean-François Amiguet Not Nominated
My Dear Subject Mon cher sujet French Anne-Marie Miéville Not Nominated
Journey of Hope Reise der Hoffnung Turkish, Swiss German, Italian Xavier Koller Won Academy Award
Der Berg Der Berg German Markus Imhoof Not Nominated
Off Season Hors Saison French Daniel Schmid Not Nominated
The Diary of Lady M Le Journal de Lady M French Alain Tanner Not Nominated
Three Colors: Red Trois Couleurs: Rouge French Krzysztof Kieślowski Disqualified[3]
Adultery: A User's Guide Adultère, mode d'emploi French Christine Pascal Not Nominated
Les Agneaux Les Agneaux French Marcel Schüpbach Not Nominated
For Ever Mozart For Ever Mozart French Jean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
War in the Highlands La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays French Francis Reusser Not Nominated
Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz Swiss German Daniel Schmid Not Nominated
Gripsholm Gripsholm German Xavier Koller Not Nominated
In Praise of Love Éloge de l'amour French Jean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
Aime ton père Aime ton père French Jacob Berger Not Nominated
Mein Name Ist Bach Mein Name Ist Bach German Dominique de Rivaz Not Nominated
Tout un Hiver sans Feu Tout un Hiver sans Feu French Greg Zglinski Not Nominated
Vitus Vitus Swiss German Fredi Murer Made January Shortlist
Late Bloomers Die Herbstzeitlosen Swiss German Bettina Oberli Not Nominated
The Friend Der Freund Swiss German Micha Lewinsky Not Nominated
Home Home French Ursula Meier Not Nominated
La petite chambre La petite chambre French Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond Not Nominated[4]
Summer Games[5] Giochi d'estate Italian Rolando Colla Not Nominated
Sister[6] L'Enfant d'en haut French Ursula Meier Made January Shortlist[7]
More than Honey[8] More than Honey German Markus Imhoof Not Nominated
The Circle[9] Der Kreis German Stefan Haupt Not Nominated
Iraqi Odyssey[10] Iraqi Odyssey Arabic Samir Not Nominated
My Life as a Courgette[11] Ma vie de Courgette French Claude Barras Made December Shortlist[12]
The Divine Order[13] Die göttliche Ordnung German Petra Biondina Volpe Not Nominated

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  3. ^ a b "This year's foreign Oscar race reflects a growingly global medium". Hitfix. Retrieved 1 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  6. ^ Blaney, Martin (21 September 2012). "Ursula Meier's Sister entered for Oscar race". Screen International. EMAP. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Vie For Oscar". Oscars. Retrieved 2012-12-21. 
  8. ^ "Le film "More than Honey" représentera la Suisse aux Oscars 2014". RTS Info. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  9. ^ "Oscars: Switzerland Selects 'The Circle' for Foreign-Language Oscar". Hollywood Report. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "'Iraqi Odyssey' to represent Switzerland at Oscars". Swiss Info. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (5 August 2016). "Switzerland Sends Claude Barras's 'My Life as a Courgette' to Foreign-Language Oscar Race". Variety. Retrieved 5 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Oscars: Nine Films Advance in Foreign-Language Race". Variety. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  13. ^ Roxborough, Scott (4 August 2017). "Oscars: Switzerland Selects 'The Divine Order' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 

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