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.[1] 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
  Japan Dodes'ka-den Japanese どですかでん Akira Kurosawa Nominated
  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


  1. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 27 November 2011.