List of submissions to the 44th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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The following 20 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 44th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USSR. The Oscar went to The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, a drama about an aristocratic Jewish family in Italy.[1] France, which received 27 nominations between 1957 and 1991, failed to receive an Oscar nomination for only the fourth time since the inauguration of the Foreign Language Film award.

Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa gained his first nomination for the award (although he had received an honorary award at the 24th Academy Awards in 1951 for Rashomon) for Dodes'ka-den, a film which was a critical and commercial failure in his native Japan.

Bulgaria and Canada submitted films for consideration for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Brazil Pra Quem Fica, Tchau Portuguese Pra Quem Fica, Tchau Reginaldo Faria Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Porcupines Are Born Without Bristles Bulgarian Таралежите се раждат без бодли Dimitar Petrov Not Nominated
 Canada Mon oncle Antoine French Mon oncle Antoine Claude Jutra Not Nominated
 Denmark The Missing Clerk Danish Forsvundne fuldmægtig Gert Fredholm Not Nominated
 Egypt A Woman and a Man Arabic امرأة و رجل Houssam Eddine Mostafa Not Nominated
 France Ramparts of Clay French Remparts d'argile Jean-Louis Bertucelli Not Nominated
 West Germany The Castle German Das Schloß Rudolf Noelte Not Nominated
 Hungary Love Hungarian Szerelem Károly Makk Not Nominated
 India Reshma Aur Shera Hindi रेशमा और शेरा Sunil Dutt Not Nominated
 Israel The Policeman Hebrew Ha-Shoter Azulai Ephraim Kishon Nominated
 Italy The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Italian Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini Vittorio De Sica Won Academy Award
 Japan Dodes'ka-den Japanese どですかでん Akira Kurosawa Nominated
 Mexico El Topo Spanish El Topo Alejandro Jodorowsky Not Nominated
 Netherlands Mira Dutch Mira Fons Rademakers Not Nominated
 Poland Family Life Polish Życie rodzinne Krzysztof Zanussi Not Nominated
 Romania The Last Crusade Romanian Mihai Viteazul Sergiu Nicolaescu Not Nominated
 Spain Marta Spanish ...dopo di che, uccide il maschio e lo divora José Antonio Nieves Conde Not Nominated
 Sweden The Emigrants Swedish Utvandrarna Jan Troell Nominated
 Soviet Union Tchaikovsky Russian Чайкoвский Igor Talankin Nominated
 Yugoslavia Black Seed Macedonian Црно семе Kiril Cenevski Not Nominated


  1. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 27 November 2011.