List of submissions to the 70th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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The following 44 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 70th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (release at the country of origin November 1, 1996 - October 31, 1997, ceremony March 1998).[1] The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Brazil, Germany, Russia and Spain, and the eventual winner, Character, from the Netherlands.[2]

Congo (Kinshasa), Luxembourg and Ukraine submitted a film for the first time. South Africa sent its first film since the end of apartheid.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Argentina Ashes of Paradise Spanish Cenizas del paraíso Marcelo Piñeyro Not Nominated
 Austria The Unfish German Der Unfisch Robert Dornhelm Not Nominated
 Belgium My Life in Pink French Ma Vie en Rose Alain Berliner Not Nominated
 Brazil Four Days in September Portuguese O que é isso, companheiro? Bruno Barreto Nominated
 Canada Cosmos French Cosmos Jennifer Alleyn, Manon Briand, Marie-Julie Dallaire, Arto Paragamian, André Turpin & Denis Villeneuve Not Nominated
 Colombia The Debt Spanish La Deuda Manuel José Álvarez & Nicolás Buenaventura Not Nominated
 DR Congo Macadam Tribu French Macadam Tribu Zeka Laplaine Not Nominated
 Croatia Lapitch the Little Shoemaker Croatian Čudnovate zgode šegrta Hlapića Milan Blažeković Not Nominated
 Cuba Vertical Love Spanish Amor Vertical Arturo Sotto Díaz Not Nominated
 Czech Republic A Forgotten Light Czech Zapomenuté světlo Vladimír Michálek Not Nominated
 Denmark Barbara Danish Barbara Nils Malmros Not Nominated
 Egypt Destiny Arabic المصير Youssef Chahine Not Nominated
 Finland The Collector Finnish Neitoperho Auli Mantila Not Nominated
 France Western French Western Manuel Poirier Not Nominated
 Germany Beyond Silence German Jenseits der Stille Caroline Link Nominated
 Greece Slaughter of the Cock Greek Η Σφαγή του Κόκορα Andreas Pantzis Not Nominated
 Hungary The Witman Boys Hungarian Witman fiúk János Szász Not Nominated
 Iceland Blossi/810551 Icelandic Blossi/810551 Júlíus Kemp Not Nominated
 India Guru Malayalam Guru Rajiv Anchal Not Nominated
 Iran Gabbeh Persian گبه Mohsen Makhmalbaf Not Nominated
 Israel Pick a Card Hebrew עפולה אקספרס Julie Shles Not Nominated
 Italy The Best Man Italian Il Testimone dello sposo Pupi Avati Not Nominated
 Japan Princess Mononoke Japanese もののけ姫, Hayao Miyazaki Not Nominated
 Luxembourg Women French Elles Luís Galvão Teles Not Nominated
 North Macedonia Gypsy Magic Macedonian Gypsy Magic Stole Popov Not Nominated
 Mexico Deep Crimson Spanish Profundo Carmesí Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
 Netherlands Character Dutch Karakter Mike van Diem Won Academy Award
 Norway Junk Mail Norwegian Budbringeren Pål Sletaune Not Nominated
 Philippines Milagros Tagalog Milagros Marilou Diaz-Abaya Not Nominated
 Poland Love Stories Polish Historie Miłosne Jerzy Stuhr Not Nominated
 Portugal Journey to the Beginning of the World Portuguese Viagem ao princípio do Mundo Manoel de Oliveira Not Nominated
 Russia The Thief Russian Вор Pavel Chukhray Nominated
 Serbia Three Summer Days Serbian Tri letnja dana Mirjana Vukomanović Not Nominated
 Slovakia Orbis Pictus Slovak Orbis Pictus Martin Šulík Not Nominated
 Slovenia Outsider Slovene Avtsajder Andrej Košak Not Nominated
 South Africa Paljas Afrikaans Paljas Katinka Heyns Not Nominated
 Spain Secrets of the Heart Spanish Secretos del corazón Montxo Armendáriz Nominated
 Sweden Tic Tac Swedish Tic Tac Daniel Alfredson Not Nominated
  Switzerland For Ever Mozart French For Ever Mozart Jean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
 Taiwan Yours and Mine Chinese 我的神经病 Shaudi Wang Not Nominated
 Thailand Daughter 2 Thai เสียดาย 2 Chatrichalerm Yukol Not Nominated
 Turkey The Bandit Turkish Eşkıya Yavuz Turgul Not Nominated
 Ukraine A Friend of the Deceased Russian Приятель покойника Vyacheslav Krishtofovich Not Nominated
 Venezuela One Life and Two Trails Spanish Una vida y dos mandados Alberto Arvelo Not Nominated


  1. ^ "44 Countries Hoping for Oscar Nominations". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 24 November 1997. Archived from the original on 13 February 1998. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  2. ^ "The 70th Academy Awards (1998) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 13 October 2015.