List of submissions to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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This is a list of submissions to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956.[1] The award is presented annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1][2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.[2] Nine shortlisted contenders will be revealed a week before the announcement of the Oscar nominations.[2]

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was 3 October 2011.[3] The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011.[2]

On 13 October, AMPAS announced that 63 countries had been accepted to participate in the competition for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar,[4] including a first-time submission from New Zealand.[5][6]

On 18 January 2012 the nine shortlisted entries were announced.[7] Six days later, the five nominees were announced.[8] The Iranian entry, A Separation, was announced as the winner at the 84th Academy Awards on 26 February 2012.[9]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Albania Amnesty[10] Amnistia Albanian Bujar Alimani Not Nominated
 Argentina Aballay[11] Aballay, el hombre sin miedo Spanish Fernando Spiner Not Nominated
 Austria Breathing[12] Atmen German Karl Markovics Not Nominated
 Belgium Bullhead[13] Rundskop Dutch, French, Limburgish Michaël R. Roskam Nominated[8]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Belvedere[14] Belvedere Bosnian Ahmed Imamović Not Nominated
 Brazil Elite Squad: The Enemy Within[15] Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora É Outro Portuguese José Padilha Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Tilt[16] Тилт Bulgarian Viktor Chouchkov Not Nominated
 Canada Monsieur Lazhar[17] Monsieur Lazhar French Philippe Falardeau Nominated[8]
 Chile Violeta Went to Heaven[18] Violeta se fue a los cielos Spanish Andrés Wood Not Nominated
 China The Flowers of War[19] 金陵十三釵 Mandarin, English Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
 Colombia The Colors of the Mountain[20] Los colores de la montaña Spanish Carlos César Arbeláez Not Nominated
 Croatia 72 Days[21] Sedamdeset i dva dana Croatian Danilo Šerbedžija Not Nominated
 Cuba Havanastation[22] Habanastation Spanish Ian Padrón Not Nominated
 Czech Republic Alois Nebel[23] Alois Nebel Czech Tomás Lunák Not Nominated
 Denmark SuperClásico[24] SuperClásico Danish, Spanish Ole Christian Madsen Made January Shortlist[7]
 Dominican Republic Love Child[25] La hija natural Spanish Leticia Tonos Not Nominated
 Egypt Lust[26] الشوق Arabic Khaled El Hagar Not Nominated
 Estonia Letters to Angel[27] Kirjad Inglile Estonian Sulev Keedus Not Nominated
 Finland Le Havre[28] Le Havre French Aki Kaurismaki Not Nominated
 France Declaration of War[29] La guerre est déclarée French Valérie Donzelli Not Nominated
 Georgia Chantrapas[30] შანტრაპა French, Georgian Otar Iosseliani Not Nominated
 Germany Pina[31] Pina – Tanzt, tanzt sonst sind wir verloren German Wim Wenders Made January Shortlist[7]
 Greece Attenberg[32] Attenberg Greek Athina Rachel Tsangari Not Nominated
 Hong Kong A Simple Life[33] 桃姐 Cantonese Ann Hui Not Nominated
 Hungary The Turin Horse[34] A Torinói ló Hungarian Béla Tarr Not Nominated
 Iceland Volcano[35] Eldfjall Icelandic Rúnar Rúnarsson Not Nominated
 India Abu, Son of Adam[36] ആദാമിന്റെ മകൻ അബു Malayalam Salim Ahamed Not Nominated
 Indonesia Under the Protection of Ka'Bah[4] Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah Indonesian Hanny Saputra Not Nominated
 Iran A Separation[37] جدایی نادر از سیمین Persian Asghar Farhadi Won Academy Award[9]
 Ireland As If I Am Not There[38] As If I Am Not There Serbo-Croatian Juanita Wilson Not Nominated
 Israel Footnote[39] הערת שוליים Hebrew Joseph Cedar Nominated[8]
 Italy Terraferma[40] Terraferma Italian Emanuele Crialese Not Nominated
 Japan Postcard[41] 一枚のハガキ Japanese Kaneto Shindō Not Nominated
 Kazakhstan Returning to the 'A'[4] Возвращение в «А» Russian Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky Not Nominated
 Lebanon Where Do We Go Now?[42] وهلّأ لوين؟ Arabic Nadine Labaki Not Nominated
 Lithuania Back to Your Arms[43] Kai apkabinsiu tave Lithuanian, Russian, German Kristijonas Vildžiūnas Not Nominated
 Macedonia Punk is Not Dead[21] Панкот не е мртов Macedonian, Albanian Vladimir Blazevski Not Nominated
 Mexico Miss Bala[44] Miss Bala Spanish Gerardo Naranjo Not Nominated
 Morocco Omar Killed Me[45] Omar m'a tuer French, Arabic Roschdy Zem Made January Shortlist[7]
 Netherlands Sonny Boy[46] Sonny Boy Dutch Maria Peters Not Nominated
 New Zealand The Orator[5] O Le Tulafale Samoan Tusi Tamasese Not Nominated
 Norway Happy, Happy[47] Sykt lykkelig Norwegian Anne Sewitsky Not Nominated
 Peru October[48] Octubre Spanish Daniel Vega Vidal Not Nominated
 Philippines The Woman in the Septic Tank[49] Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank Tagalog Marlon Rivera Not Nominated
 Poland In Darkness[50] W ciemności Polish, German, Yiddish, Ukrainian Agnieszka Holland Nominated[8]
 Portugal José and Pilar[51] José e Pilar Portuguese Miguel Gonçalves Mendes Not Nominated
 Puerto Rico America[52] America Spanish Sonia Fritz Disqualified[52]
 Romania Morgen[53] Morgen Romanian, Hungarian, Turkish Marian Crisan Not Nominated
 Russia Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel[54] Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель Russian Nikita Mikhalkov Not Nominated
 Serbia Montevideo, God Bless You![55] Монтевидео, Бог те видео Serbian Dragan Bjelogrlić Not Nominated
 Singapore Tatsumi[56] Tatsumi Japanese Eric Khoo Not Nominated
 Slovakia Gypsy[57] Cigán Slovak, Romany Martin Šulík Not Nominated
 Slovenia Silent Sonata[21] Circus Fantasticus No dialogue Janez Burger Disqualified[58]
 South Africa Beauty[59] Skoonheid Afrikaans, English Oliver Hermanus Not Nominated
 South Korea The Front Line[60] 고지전 Korean Jang Hoon Not Nominated
 Spain Black Bread[61] Pa negre Catalan Agustí Villaronga Not Nominated
 Sweden Beyond[62] Svinalängorna Swedish, Finnish Pernilla August Not Nominated
  Switzerland Summer Games[63] Giochi d'estate Italian Rolando Colla Not Nominated
 Taiwan Seediq Bale[64] 賽德克.巴萊 / Seediq Bale Seediq, Japanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin Wei Te-sheng Made January Shortlist[7]
 Thailand Kon Khon[65] คนโขน Thai Sarunyu Wongkrachang Not Nominated
 Turkey Once Upon a Time in Anatolia[66] Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan Not Nominated
 United Kingdom Patagonia[67] Patagonia Welsh, Spanish Marc Evans Not Nominated
 Uruguay The Silent House[68] La casa muda Spanish Gustavo Hernández Not Nominated
 Venezuela The Rumble of the Stones[69] El rumor de las piedras Spanish Alejandro Bellame Palacios Not Nominated
 Vietnam The Prince and the Pagoda Boy[70] Khát vọng Thăng Long Vietnamese Lưu Trọng Ninh Not Nominated

Other countries[edit]

  • Luxembourg announced that they had no eligible films, and would not be participating in the competition this year.[71]
  • Ukraine announced that they had convened an Oscar selection committee, but decided that no Ukrainian film met all the AMPAS requirements, meaning that they did not submit a film for the third year in a row.[72]

Controversies and changes[edit]

  • Albania originally submitted The Forgiveness of Blood, but it was rejected due to protest of Bujar Alimani, the director of Amnesty. He argued that The Forgiveness of Blood shouldn't be eligible to represent Albania due to its American director, Joshua Marston, and key American crew members. AMPAS disqualified it and Albania instead submitted Alimani's film.[73]
  • The Dominican Republic's submission was initially rejected because of the country's failure to submit the names of its selection committee members on time, but they appealed and won.[74]
  • Puerto Rico, which had been invited to participate in the Foreign Oscar race since 1986, tried to submit a film (Sonia Fritz's America) but was rejected, because of a new rule that doesn't allow films from US territories to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. The Puerto Rico Film Commission, which selects the Puerto Rican Oscar nominee, appealed to AMPAS to change its mind, citing its previous Oscar nomination in the category and the presence of non-independent territories like Greenland, Hong Kong and Palestine, but AMPAS refused to change its mind.[74]
  • The Slovenian entry Silent Sonata was disqualified because the Society of Slovene filmmakers (Društvo slovenskih filmskih ustvarjalcev, DSFU) neglected to officially submit the entry in time because of a misunderstanding within the organization. Therefore it wasn't included in the final list of entries.[58]

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