List of submissions to the 55th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The following 25 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 55th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from France, Nicaragua, Sweden, the USSR and the eventual winner, Begin the Beguine, from Spain.[1]

Nicaragua submitted a film for the first time. Switzerland was allowed to submit Yol, a film in Turkish by a pair of Turkish directors. The film had been banned for political content at home, and was smuggled into Switzerland and edited in Paris.[2]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
  Algeria Sandstorm French Vent de sable Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
  Argentina Last Days of the Victim Spanish Últimos días de la víctima Adolfo Aristarain Not Nominated
  Belgium Minuet Dutch Menuet Lili Rademakers Not Nominated
  Bulgaria Khan Asparoukh Bulgarian Хан Аспарух Ludmil Staikov Not Nominated
  Canada Wild Flowers French Les fleurs sauvages Jean Pierre Lefebvre Not Nominated
  Czechoslovakia The Assistant Slovak Pomocnik Zoro Zahon Not Nominated
  Denmark Tree of Knowledge Danish Kundskabens træ Nils Malmros Not Nominated
  France Clean Slate French Coup de Torchon Bertrand Tavernier Nominated
  West Germany Fitzcarraldo German Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog Not Nominated
  Greece Angel Greek Ангел Giorgos Katakouzinos Not Nominated
  Hungary Time Stands Still Hungarian Megáll az idö Péter Gothár Not Nominated
  Iceland Inter Nos Icelandic Okkar á milli: Í hita og þunga dagsins Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not Nominated
  Israel Hamsin Hebrew, Arabic חמסין Daniel Wachsmann Not Nominated
  Italy The Night of the Shooting Stars Italian La Notte di San Lorenzo Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani Not Nominated
  Japan Onimasa Japanese 鬼龍院花子の生涯 Hideo Gosha Not Nominated
  Netherlands The Cool Lakes of Death Dutch Van de koele meren des doods Nouchka van Brakel Not Nominated
  Nicaragua Alsino and the Condor Spanish Alsino y el cóndor Miguel Littín Nominated
  Norway Victoria L Norwegian Leve sitt liv Petter Vennerød and Svend Wam Not Nominated
  Portugal Francisca Portuguese Francisca Manoel de Oliveira Not Nominated
  Spain Begin the Beguine Spanish Volver a empezar José Luis Garci Won Academy Award
  Sweden The Flight of the Eagle Swedish Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd Jan Troell Nominated
   Switzerland Yol Turkish Yol Şerif Gören and Yılmaz Güney Not Nominated
  Taiwan The Battle for the Republic of China Chinese 辛亥双十 Ding Shan Xi Not Nominated
  Soviet Union Private Life Russian Частная жизнь Yuli Raizman Nominated
  Yugoslavia The Smell of Quinces Bosnian Miris dunja Mirza Idrizović Not Nominated


  1. ^ "The 55th Academy Awards (1983) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 13 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Yol - TIFF Cinematheque". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 15 January 2013.