List of submissions to the 86th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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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]

For the 86th Academy Awards, which were held on 2 March 2014, the submitted films must be first released theatrically in their respective countries for seven consecutive days between 1 October 2012 and 30 September 2013.[2] The deadline for submissions was 1 October 2013, with The Academy announcing a list of eligible films later that month.[2] Seventy-six countries submitted a film for consideration in the category before the deadline,[3] Moldova[3] and Saudi Arabia[4] are first-time entrants, alongside Montenegro submitting for the first time as an independent country.[5] Pakistan submitted a film for the first time in 50 years.[6]

Nine finalists were announced in December 2013, which were shortlisted in January,[7] with the final five nominees announced on 16 January 2014.[8][9] The winner of the 86th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Italy's The Great Beauty, which was directed by Paolo Sorrentino.[10]

Submissions[edit]

Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Afghanistan Wajma (An Afghan Love Story)[11] وژمه Dari Barmak Akram Not Nominated
 Albania Agon[12] Agon Albanian, Greek Robert Budina Not Nominated
 Argentina The German Doctor[13] Wakolda Spanish, German, Hebrew Lucía Puenzo Not Nominated
 Australia The Rocket[14] The Rocket Lao Kim Mordaunt Not Nominated
 Austria The Wall[15] Die Wand German Julian Pölsler Not Nominated
 Azerbaijan Steppe Man[16] Çölçü Azerbaijani Shamil Aliyev Not Nominated
 Bangladesh Television[17] টেলিভিশন Bengali Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Not Nominated
 Belgium The Broken Circle Breakdown[18] The Broken Circle Breakdown Dutch Felix Van Groeningen Nominated[8]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker[19] Epizoda u životu berača željeza Bosnian, Romany Danis Tanović Made January Shortlist[7]
 Brazil Neighboring Sounds[20] O Som ao Redor Portuguese, Mandarin, English Kleber Mendonça Filho Not Nominated
 Bulgaria The Colour of the Chameleon[21] Цветът на Хамелеона Bulgarian Emil Hristov Not Nominated
 Cambodia The Missing Picture[22] L'image manquante French Rithy Panh Nominated[8]
 Canada Gabrielle[23] Gabrielle French Louise Archambault Not Nominated
 Chad GriGris[24] GriGris French, Arabic Mahamat Saleh Haroun Not Nominated
 Chile Gloria[25] Gloria Spanish Sebastián Lelio Not Nominated
 China Back to 1942[26] 一九四二 Mandarin, English Feng Xiaogang Not Nominated
 Colombia La Playa DC[27] La Playa DC Spanish Juan Andrés Arango Not Nominated
 Croatia Halima's Path[28] Halimin put Bosnian Arsen Anton Ostojić Not Nominated
 Czech Republic The Don Juans[29] Donšajni Czech Jiří Menzel Not Nominated
 Denmark The Hunt[30] Jagten Danish Thomas Vinterberg Nominated[8]
 Dominican Republic Who's the Boss?[31] ¿Quién Manda? Spanish Ronni Castillo Not Nominated
 Ecuador Porcelain Horse[32] Mejor No Hablar (de Ciertas Cosas) Spanish Javier Andrade Not Nominated
 Egypt Winter of Discontent[33] الشتا إللى فات Arabic Ibrahim El Batout Not Nominated
 Estonia Free Range[34] Free Range: Ballaad maailma heakskiitmisest Estonian Veiko Õunpuu Not Nominated
 Finland Disciple[35] Lärjungen Swedish Ulrika Bengts Not Nominated
 France Renoir[36] Renoir French Gilles Bourdos Not Nominated
 Georgia In Bloom[37] გრძელი ნათელი დღეები Georgian Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß Not Nominated
 Germany Two Lives[38] Zwei Leben German Georg Maas Made January Shortlist[7]
 Greece Boy Eating the Bird's Food[39] Το Αγόρι Τρώει το Φαγητό του Πουλιού Greek Ektoras Lygizos Not Nominated
 Hong Kong The Grandmaster[40] 一代宗師 Cantonese, Mandarin Wong Kar-wai Made January Shortlist[7]
 Hungary The Notebook[41] A nagy füzet Hungarian János Szász Made January Shortlist[7]
 Iceland Of Horses and Men[42] Hross í oss Icelandic Benedikt Erlingsson Not Nominated
 India The Good Road[43] The Good Road Gujarati Gyan Correa Not Nominated
 Indonesia Sang Kiai[44] Sang Kiai Indonesian, Japanese Rako Prijanto Not Nominated
 Iran The Past[45] گذشته French, Persian Asghar Farhadi Not Nominated
 Israel Bethlehem[46] בית לחם Hebrew, Arabic Yuval Adler Not Nominated
 Italy The Great Beauty[47] La grande bellezza Italian Paolo Sorrentino Won Academy Award[10]
 Japan The Great Passage[48] 舟を編む Japanese Yuya Ishii Not Nominated
 Kazakhstan The Old Man[49] Шал Russian, Kazakh Ermek Tursunov Not Nominated
 Latvia Mother, I Love You[50] Mammu, es tevi mīlu Latvian Jānis Nords Not Nominated
 Lebanon Blind Intersections[51] قصة ثواني Arabic Lara Saba Not Nominated
 Lithuania Conversations on Serious Topics[52] Pokalbiai rimtomis temomis Lithuanian Giedrė Beinoriūtė Not Nominated
 Luxembourg Blind Spot[53] Doudege Wénkel Luxembourgish, French Christophe Wagner Not Nominated
 Mexico Heli[54] Heli Spanish Amat Escalante Not Nominated
 Moldova All God's Children[55] Toti Copiii Domnului Romanian, Italian Adrian Popovici Not Nominated
 Montenegro Ace of Spades: Bad Destiny[56] As pik - loša sudbina Serbo-Croatian Draško Đurović Not Nominated
 Morocco Horses of God[57] يا خيل الله Arabic Nabil Ayouch Not Nominated
   Nepal Soongava: Dance of the Orchids[58] सुनगाभा Nepali Subarna Thapa Not Nominated
 Netherlands Borgman[59] Borgman Dutch Alex van Warmerdam Not Nominated
 New Zealand White Lies[60] Tuakiri Huna Maori Dana Rotberg Not Nominated
 Norway I Am Yours[61] Jeg er din Norwegian, Urdu, Swedish Iram Haq Not Nominated
 Pakistan Zinda Bhaag[62] زندہ بھاگ Punjabi Meenu Gaur, Farjad Nabi Not Nominated
 Palestine Omar[63] عمر Arabic Hany Abu-Assad Nominated[8]
 Peru The Cleaner[64] El limpiador Spanish Adrián Saba Not Nominated
 Philippines Transit[65] Transit Filipino, Tagalog, Hebrew, English Hannah Espia Not Nominated
 Poland Walesa. Man of Hope[66] Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei Polish Andrzej Wajda Not Nominated
 Portugal Lines of Wellington[67] Linhas de Wellington Portuguese, French, English Valeria Sarmiento Not Nominated
 Romania Child's Pose[68] Poziţia Copilului Romanian Călin Peter Netzer Not Nominated
 Russia Stalingrad[69] Сталинград Russian Fedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
 Saudi Arabia Wadjda[70] وجدة Arabic Haifaa al-Mansour Not Nominated
 Serbia Circles[71] Кругови Serbian Srdan Golubović Not Nominated
 Singapore Ilo Ilo[72] 爸妈不在家 Mandarin, Hokkien, Filipino, Tagalog, English Anthony Chen Not Nominated
 Slovakia My Dog Killer[73] Môj pes Killer Slovak Mira Fornay Not Nominated
 Slovenia Class Enemy[74] Razredni sovražnik Slovene Rok Biček Not Nominated
 South Africa Four Corners[75] Four Corners Afrikaans, Tsotsitaal Ian Gabriel Not Nominated
 South Korea Juvenile Offender[76] 범죄소년 Korean Kang Yi-kwan Not Nominated
 Spain 15 Years and One Day[77] 15 años y un día Spanish Gracia Querejeta Not Nominated
 Sweden Eat Sleep Die[78] Äta sova dö Swedish, Croatian Gabriela Pichler Not Nominated
  Switzerland More than Honey[79] More than Honey German, Mandarin, English Markus Imhoof Not Nominated
 Taiwan Soul[80] 失魂 Mandarin Chung Mong-Hong Not Nominated
 Thailand Countdown[81] เคาท์ดาวน์ Thai, English Nattawut Poonpiriya Not Nominated
 Turkey The Butterfly's Dream[82] Kelebeğin Rüyası Turkish Yılmaz Erdoğan Not Nominated
 Ukraine Paradjanov[83] Параджанов Ukrainian Serge Avedikian, Olena Fetisova Not Nominated
 United Kingdom Metro Manila[84] Metro Manila Filipino, Tagalog Sean Ellis Not Nominated
 Uruguay Anina[85] Anina Spanish Alfredo Soderguit Not Nominated
 Venezuela Breach in the Silence[86] Brecha en el silencio Spanish Luis Rodríguez, Andrés Rodríguez Not Nominated

Changes[edit]

The Czech Republic initially selected the cinematic version of Agnieszka Holland's television mini-series Burning Bush. AMPAS disqualified the film, citing regulations that the film must not have initially appeared on television. The mini-series aired on Czech TV eight months prior to the re-edited version that appeared in cinemas.[87]

Lebanon initially selected Amin Dora's Ghadi in a two-way race over Lara Saba's Blind Intersections.[88] When the film's release date was moved from 26 September 2013 to 31 October 2013,[89] it no longer met the eligibility dates and Blind Intersections became the official submission from Lebanon. However, Ghadi' became Lebanon's submission the following year.[90]

Other countries[edit]

Macedonia's Association of Filmmakers had two candidates: Balkan is Not Dead and The Piano Room, but it could not recommend either film for submission. In a statement they said "According to the topics treated and the way that they are shown in both films, the commission considers they are not appropriate to be nominated" and "In addition, the committee unanimously decided this year not to [propose] any film."[91]

Vietnam's Ministry of Culture assembled an official selection committee and launched an open call for entries.[92] However, on 19 September 2013, the National Cinema Department announced they had no films that are eligible to compete. The only film that applied to represent the country, Thiên Mệnh Anh Hùng (Blood Letter) was released too early to qualify.[93]

See also[edit]

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