List of submissions to the 42nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 42nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was created in 1956 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honour non-English-speaking films produced outside the United States.[1] The award is handed out annually, and is accepted by the winning film's director, although it is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole.[2] Countries are invited by the Academy to submit their best films for competition according to strict rules, with only one film being accepted from each country.[2]

For the 42nd Academy Awards, twenty-four films were submitted in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The five nominees came from Algeria, France, Sweden, the USSR and Yugoslavia. Algeria, submitting a film for the first time, became the first African country to receive an Oscar nomination in this category. Algeria ending up winning the award (for the only time) for the political thriller Z, a co-production with France.[3]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
  Algeria Z Z French, Russian, English Costa-Gavras Won Academy Award
  Austria Moss on the Stones Moos auf den Steinen German Georg Lhotsky Not nominated
  Belgium Palaver Palaver Swahili, Dutch, French, English, German, Latin Emile Degelin Not nominated
  Brazil Antonio das Mortes O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro Portuguese Glauber Rocha Not nominated
  Czechoslovakia The Cremator Spalovač mrtvol Czech, Hebrew Juraj Herz Not nominated
  Denmark Ballad of Carl-Henning Balladen om Carl-Henning Danish Lene Grønlykke and Sven Grønlykke Not nominated
  France My Night at Maud's Ma Nuit Chez Maud French Éric Rohmer Nominated
  West Germany Hunting Scenes from Bavaria Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern German Peter Fleischmann Not nominated
  Greece Girls in the Sun Κοριτσια στον Ηλιο (Koritsia ston Ilio) Greek Vasilis Georgiadis Not nominated
  Hong Kong The Arch 董夫人 (Dǒng Fūrén) Chinese Tang Shu Shuen Not nominated
  Hungary The Upthrown Stone Feldobott kő Hungarian Sándor Sára Not nominated
  India Deiva Magan தெய்வ மகன் (Deiva Magan) Tamil A. C. Tirulokchandar Not nominated
  Israel Siege/Matzor מצור (Matzor) Hebrew Gilberto Tofano Not nominated
  Italy Fellini Satyricon Fellini Satyricon Italian, Latin Federico Fellini Not nominated
  Japan Kuragejima, Legends From a Southern Island 神々の深き欲望 (Kamigami no Fukaki Yokubō) Japanese Shōhei Imamura Not nominated
  South Korea The Old Craftsman of Jar 독 짓는 늙은이 (Dokjinneun neulgeuni) Korean Choi Ha-won Not nominated
  Netherlands Monsieur Hawarden Monsieur Hawarden (Bratya Karamazovy) Dutch Harry Kümel Not nominated
  Peru The Green Wall La muralla verde Spanish Armando Robles Godoy Not nominated
  Poland Everything for Sale Wszystko na sprzedaz Polish Andrzej Wajda Not nominated
  Romania A Woman for a Season Răutăciosul adolescent Romanian Gheorghe Vitanidis Not nominated
  Soviet Union The Brothers Karamazov Братья Карамазовы Russian Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev and Mikhail Ulyanov Nominated
  Spain La Celestina La Celestina Spanish César Fernández Ardavín Not nominated
  Sweden Ådalen 31 Ådalen '31 Swedish Bo Widerberg Nominated
  Yugoslavia Battle of Neretva Bitka na Neretvi Serbo-Croatian Veljko Bulajić Nominated


  1. ^ "History of the Academy Awards 2 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Rule 14 | 81st Academy Awards Rules | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". 9 August 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  3. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 16 November 2011.