List of submissions to the 44th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
The following 20 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 44th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Israel, Italy, Japan, Sweden and the USSR. The Oscar went to The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, a drama about an aristocratic Jewish family in Italy. France, which received 27 nominations between 1957 and 1991, failed to receive an Oscar nomination for only the fourth time since the inauguration of the Foreign Language Film award.
Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa gained his first nomination for the award (although he had received an honorary award at the 24th Academy Awards in 1951 for Rashomon) for Dodes'ka-den, a film which was a critical and commercial failure in his native Japan.
Bulgaria and Canada submitted films for consideration for the first time.
|Submitting country||Film title used in nomination||Language(s)||Original title||Director(s)||Result|
|Brazil||Pra Quem Fica, Tchau||Portuguese||Pra Quem Fica, Tchau||Reginaldo Faria||Not Nominated|
|Bulgaria||Porcupines Are Born Without Bristles||Bulgarian||Таралежите се раждат без бодли||Dimitar Petrov||Not Nominated|
|Canada||Mon oncle Antoine||French||Mon oncle Antoine||Claude Jutra||Not Nominated|
|Denmark||The Missing Clerk||Danish||Forsvundne fuldmægtig||Gert Fredholm||Not Nominated|
|Egypt||A Woman and a Man||Arabic||امرأة و رجل||Houssam Eddine Mostafa||Not Nominated|
|France||Ramparts of Clay||French||Remparts d'argile||Jean-Louis Bertuccelli||Not Nominated|
|West Germany||The Castle||German||Das Schloß||Rudolf Noelte||Not Nominated|
|Hungary||Love||Hungarian||Szerelem||Károly Makk||Not Nominated|
|India||Reshma Aur Shera||Hindi||रेशमा और शेरा||Sunil Dutt||Not Nominated|
|Israel||The Policeman||Hebrew||Ha-Shoter Azulai||Ephraim Kishon||Nominated|
|Italy||The Garden of the Finzi-Continis||Italian||Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini||Vittorio De Sica||Won Academy Award|
|Mexico||El Topo||Spanish||El Topo||Alejandro Jodorowsky||Not Nominated|
|Netherlands||Mira||Dutch||Mira||Fons Rademakers||Not Nominated|
|Poland||Family Life||Polish||Życie rodzinne||Krzysztof Zanussi||Not Nominated|
|Romania||The Last Crusade||Romanian||Mihai Viteazul||Sergiu Nicolaescu||Not Nominated|
|Soviet Union||Tchaikovsky||Russian||Чайкoвский||Igor Talankin||Nominated|
|Spain||Marta||Spanish||...dopo di che, uccide il maschio e lo divora||José Antonio Nieves Conde||Not Nominated|
|Sweden||The Emigrants||Swedish||Utvandrarna||Jan Troell||Nominated|
|Yugoslavia||Black Seed||Macedonian||Црно семе||Kiril Cenevski||Not Nominated|
- "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 27 November 2011.