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César Award for Best Foreign Film

This is the list of winners and nominees of the César Award for Best Foreign Film (French: César du meilleur film étranger).

César Award for Best Foreign Film
Presented byAcadémie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma
First awarded1976
Currently held byLoveless (2018)


Winners and nomineesEdit


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Scent of a Woman Profumo di donna   Italy Dino Risi
Aguirre, the Wrath of God Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes   West Germany Werner Herzog
The Magic Flute Trollflöjten   Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Nashville   United States Robert Altman
We All Loved Each Other So Much C'eravamo tanto amati   Italy Ettore Scola
Barry Lyndon   Great Britain Stanley Kubrick
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest   United States Miloš Forman
Raise Ravens Cría cuervos   Spain Carlos Saura
A Special Day Una giornata particolare   Italy Ettore Scola
The American Friend Der amerikanische Freund   West Germany Wim Wenders
Annie Hall   United States Woody Allen
Bread and Chocolate Pane e cioccolata   Italy Franco Brusati
The Tree of Wooden Clogs L'albero degli zoccoli   Italy Ermanno Olmi
Autumn Sonata Höstsonaten   Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Julia   United States Fred Zinnemann
A Wedding   United States Robert Altman


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Manhattan   United States Woody Allen
Apocalypse Now   United States Francis Ford Coppola
Hair   United States Miloš Forman
The Tin Drum Die Blechtrommel   West Germany Volker Schlöndorff
Shadow Warrior 影武者 / Kagemusha   Japan Akira Kurosawa
Fame   United States Alan Parker
Kramer vs. Kramer   United States Robert Benton
The Rose   United States Mark Rydell
The Elephant Man   Great Britain David Lynch
The Circle of Deceit Die Fälschung   West Germany Volker Schlöndorff
Raiders of the Lost Ark   United States Steven Spielberg
Victor Victoria   Great Britain Blake Edwards
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial   United States Steven Spielberg
The French Lieutenant's Woman   Great Britain Karel Reisz
The Way Yol   Turkey Serif Gören and Yilmaz Güney
Fanny and Alexander Fanny och Alexander   Sweden Ingmar Bergman
Carmen   Spain Carlos Saura
The Gods Must Be Crazy   Botswana Jamie Uys
Tootsie   United States Sydney Pollack
Amadeus   United States Miloš Forman
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes   Great Britain Hugh Hudson
Maria's Lovers   United States Andrei Konchalovsky
Paris, Texas   West Germany Wim Wenders
The Purple Rose of Cairo   United States Woody Allen
Desperately Seeking Susan   United States Susan Seidelman
The Killing Fields   Great Britain Roland Joffé
Ran   Japan Akira Kurosawa
Year of the Dragon   United States Michael Cimino
The Name of the Rose Der Name der Rose   West Germany Jean-Jacques Annaud
After Hours   United States Martin Scorsese
Hannah and Her Sisters   United States Woody Allen
The Mission   Great Britain Roland Joffé
Out of Africa   United States Sydney Pollack
The Last Emperor   Italy/
  Great Britain
Bernardo Bertolucci
Dark Eyes Oci ciornie   Italy Nikita Mikhalkov
Intervista   Italy Federico Fellini
The Untouchables   United States Brian De Palma
Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin   West Germany Wim Wenders
Bagdad Café Out of Rosenheim   West Germany Percy Adlon
Bird   United States Clint Eastwood
Salaam Bombay! सलाम बॉम्बे   India Mira Nair
Who Framed Roger Rabbit   United States Robert Zemeckis


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Dangerous Liaisons   United States Stephen Frears
Cinema Paradiso Nuovo cinema Paradiso   Italy Giuseppe Tornatore
Rain Man   United States Barry Levinson
Sex, Lies, and Videotape   United States Steven Soderbergh
Time of the Gypsies Дом за вешање / Dom za vešanje   SFR Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica
Dead Poets Society   United States Peter Weir
Goodfellas   United States Martin Scorsese
Pretty Woman   United States Garry Marshall
Taxi Blues Taksi-Blyuz   Soviet Union Pavel Lungin
Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! ¡Átame!   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Toto the Hero Toto le héros   Belgium Jaco van Dormael
Alice   United States Woody Allen
Close to Eden Urga   CIS Nikita Mikhalkov
Dances with Wolves   United States Kevin Costner
The Silence of the Lambs   United States Jonathan Demme
Thelma & Louise   United States Ridley Scott
High Heels Tacones lejanos   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Howards End   Great Britain James Ivory
Husbands and Wives   United States Woody Allen
The Lover L'amant   France/
  Great Britain
Jean-Jacques Annaud
The Player   United States Robert Altman
The Piano   Australia Jane Campion
Farewell My Concubine 霸王別姬 / Ba wang bie ji   China/
  Hong Kong
Chen Kaige
Manhattan Murder Mystery   United States Woody Allen
Raining Stones   Great Britain Ken Loach
The Snapper   Great Britain Stephen Frears
Four Weddings and a Funeral   Great Britain Mike Newell
Dear Diary Caro diario   Italy Nanni Moretti
Pulp Fiction   United States Quentin Tarantino
Schindler's List   United States Steven Spielberg
Short Cuts   United States Robert Altman
Land and Freedom   Great Britain Ken Loach
The Bridges of Madison County   United States Clint Eastwood
Smoke   United States Paul Auster and Wayne Wang
Underground   FR Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica
The Usual Suspects   United States Bryan Singer
Breaking the Waves   Denmark Lars von Trier
Fargo   United States Joel Coen
The Promise La promesse   Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Secrets & Lies   Great Britain Mike Leigh
Brassed Off   Great Britain Mark Herman
The English Patient   Great Britain/
  United States
Anthony Minghella
Everyone Says I Love You   United States Woody Allen
Fireworks はなび / Hana-bi   Japan Takeshi Kitano
The Full Monty   Great Britain Peter Cattaneo
Life is Beautiful La vita è bella   Italy Roberto Benigni
The Celebration Festen   Denmark Thomas Vinterberg
Central Station Central do Brasil   Brazil Walter Salles
Saving Private Ryan   United States Steven Spielberg
Titanic   United States James Cameron


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
Being John Malkovich   United States Spike Jonze
Eyes Wide Shut   Great Britain/
  United States
Stanley Kubrick
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai   United States Jim Jarmusch
The Thin Red Line   United States Terrence Malick
In the Mood for Love 花樣年華 / Fa yeung nin wa   Hong Kong Kar Wai Wong
American Beauty   United States Sam Mendes
Billy Elliot   Great Britain Stephen Daldry
Dancer in the Dark   Denmark Lars von Trier
Yi Yi Yi Yi   Taiwan Edward Yang
Mulholland Drive   United States David Lynch
The Man Who Wasn't There   United States Joel Coen
Moulin Rouge!   Australia Baz Luhrmann
The Son's Room La stanza del figlio   Italy Nanni Moretti
Traffic   United States Steven Soderbergh
Bowling for Columbine   United States Michael Moore
Minority Report   United States Steven Spielberg
Ocean's Eleven   United States Steven Soderbergh
Painted Fire 취화선 / Chi-hwa-seon   South Korea Kwon-taek Im
Spirited Away 千と千尋の神隠し / Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi   Japan Hayao Miyazaki
Mystic River   United States Clint Eastwood
Elephant   United States Gus Van Sant
Gangs of New York   United States Martin Scorsese
The Hours   United States Stephen Daldry
The Return Возвращение / Vozvrashcheniye   Russia Andrei Zvyagintsev
Lost in Translation   United States Sofia Coppola
21 Grams   United States Alejandro González Iñárritu
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind   United States Michel Gondry
Fahrenheit 9/11   United States Michael Moore
The Motorcycle Diaries Diarios de motocicleta   United States/
  Great Britain
Walter Salles
Million Dollar Baby   United States Clint Eastwood
A History of Violence   United States David Cronenberg
Match Point   Great Britain Woody Allen
The Sea Inside Mar adentro   Spain Alejandro Amenábar
Walk on Water ללכת על המים / Lalekhet Al HaMayim   Israel Eytan Fox
Little Miss Sunshine   United States Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Babel   United States/
Alejandro González Iñárritu
Brokeback Mountain   United States Ang Lee
The Queen   Great Britain Stephen Frears
To Return Volver   Spain Pedro Almodóvar
The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen   Germany Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile   Romania Cristian Mungiu
Eastern Promises   Great Britain/  Canada David Cronenberg
The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite   Germany/
Fatih Akin
We Own the Night   United States James Gray
Waltz with Bashir ואלס עם באשיר / Vals Im Bashir   Israel Ari Folman
Eldorado   Belgium Bouli Lanners
Gomorrah Gomorra   Italy Matteo Garrone
Into the Wild   United States Sean Penn
Lorna's Silence Le silence de Lorna   Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
There Will Be Blood   United States Paul Thomas Anderson
Two Lovers   United States James Gray


Year Winner and nominees Original title Country Director
Gran Torino   United States Clint Eastwood
Avatar   United States James Cameron
Milk   United States Gus Van Sant
I Killed My Mother J'ai tué ma mère   Canada Xavier Dolan
A Town Called Panic   Belgium Stepahne Aubier and Vincent Patar
The White Ribbon   Germany Michael Haneke
Slumdog Millionaire   Great Britain Danny Boyle
The Social Network   United States David Fincher
Bright Star   Great Britain/
Jane Campion
Heartbeats Les amours imaginaires   Canada Xavier Dolan
Illegal Illégal   Belgium Olivier Masset-Depasse
Inception   United States/
  Great Britain
Christopher Nolan
Invictus   United States Clint Eastwood
The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos   Argentina Juan José Campanella
A Separation   Iran Asghar Farhadi
Black Swan   United States Darren Aronofsky
Drive   United States Nicolas Winding Refn
Incendies   Canada Denis Villeneuve
Melancholia   Denmark Lars von Trier
The Kid with a Bike Le gamin au vélo   Belgium Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
The King's Speech   Great Britain Tom Hooper
Argo   United States Ben Affleck
Bullhead Rundskop   Belgium Michaël R. Roskam
Laurence Anyways   Canada Xavier Dolan
Oslo, August 31st Oslo, 31. august   Norway Joachim Trier
The Angels' Share   Great Britain Ken Loach
A Royal Affair En kongelig affære   Denmark Nikolaj Arcel
Our Children À perdre la raison   Belgium Joachim Lafosse
The Broken Circle Breakdown   Belgium Felix Van Groeningen
Blue Jasmine   United States Woody Allen
Blancanieves   Spain Pablo Berger
Dead Man Talking   Belgium Patrick Ridremont
Django Unchained   United States Quentin Tarantino
Gravity   Great Britain/
  United States
Alfonso Cuarón
The Great Beauty La grande bellezza   Italy Paolo Sorrentino
Mommy   Canada Xavier Dolan
Boyhood   United States Richard Linklater
12 Years A Slave   United States/
  Great Britain
Steve McQueen
Two Days, One Night Deux jours, une nuit   Belgium/
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Winter Sleep   Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Ida   Great Britain/
Pawel Pawlikowski
The Grand Budapest Hotel   Germany
  Great Britain
Wes Anderson
Birdman   United States Alejandro González Iñárritu
Son of Saul Saul fia   Hungary László Nemes
I'm Dead but I Have Friends Je suis mort mais j'ai des amis   Belgium
Guillaume Malandrin and Stéphane Malandrin
Mia Madre   Italy
Nanni Moretti
Taxi تاکسی   Iran Jafar Panahi
The Brand New Testament Le Tout Nouveau Testament   Belgium
Jaco Van Dormael
Youth Youth - La giovinezza   Italy
  United Kingdom
Paolo Sorrentino
I, Daniel Blake   United Kingdom
Ken Loach
Aquarius   Brazil
Kleber Mendonça Filho
Graduation Bacalaureat   Romania
Cristian Mungiu
The Unknown Girl La Fille inconnue   Belgium
Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
It's Only the End of the World Juste la fin du monde   Canada
Xavier Dolan
Manchester by the Sea   United States Kenneth Lonergan
Toni Erdmann   Germany
Maren Ade
Loveless Nelyubov   Russia Andrey Zvyagintsev
The Nile Hilton Incident حادث النيل هيلتون   Sweden
Tarik Saleh
Dunkirk   United Kingdom
  United States
Christopher Nolan
La La Land   United States Damien Chazelle
The Square   Sweden Ruben Östlund
A Wedding Noces   Belgium
Stephan Streker
Shoplifters 万引き家族
Manbiki Kazoku
  Japan Hirokazu Kore-eda
Girl   Belgium Lukas Dhont
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri   United Kingdom
  United States
Martin McDonagh
Cold War Zimna wojna   Poland Paweł Pawlikowski
Our Struggles Nos batailles   Belgium
Guillaume Senez
Capernaum   Lebanon Nadine Labaki
Hannah   Italy Andrea Pallaoro

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Berenice Bejo, Lea Seydoux, Roman Polanski Among France's Cesar Awards Nominees". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. 2014-01-31. Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-07-29.

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