List of submissions to the 61st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The following 31 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 61st Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from Belgium, Hungary, India, Spain and the eventual winner, Pelle the Conqueror, from Denmark.[1]

The Dutch submission, the thriller The Vanishing, was disqualified by the Oscar committee.[2] AMPAS complained that less than 50% of the dialogue in the film was in Dutch, and that French was the majority language. Although the film was made by the Netherlands with a French-Dutch filmmaker and a mixed cast (mostly Dutch), AMPAS deemed that the film was not suitable to represent the Netherlands. The Netherlands declined to send another film, leaving them unrepresented for the first time since 1972. The Soviet film was filmed in 1967, but was banned for twenty years.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
  Argentina The Debt Spanish La Deuda interna Miguel Pereira Not Nominated
  Austria Undiscovered Country German Das Weite Land Luc Bondy Not Nominated
  Belgium The Music Teacher French Le Maître de musique Gérard Corbiau Nominated
  Brazil The Story of Fausta Portuguese Romance da Empregada Bruno Barreto Not Nominated
  Bulgaria Where Do We Go? Bulgarian А сега накъде Rangel Vulchanov Not Nominated
  Canada The Revolving Doors French Les portes tournantes Francis Mankiewicz Not Nominated
  China Red Sorghum Chinese 红高粱 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
  Cuba Letters from the Park Spanish Cartas del parque Tomás Gutiérrez Alea Not Nominated
  Denmark Pelle the Conqueror Danish Pelle erobreren Bille August Won Academy Award
  Dominican Republic One Way Ticket Spanish Un Pasaje de Ida Agliberto Meléndez Not Nominated
  France The Reader French La Lectrice Michel Deville Not Nominated
  West Germany Yasemin German Yasemin Hark Bohm Not Nominated
  Greece In the Shadow of Fear Greek Στη σκιά του τρόμου Giorgos Karypidis Not Nominated
  Hungary Hanussen Hungarian Hanussen István Szabó Nominated
  Iceland In the Shadow of the Raven Icelandic Í skugga hrafnsins Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not Nominated
  India Salaam Bombay! Hindi Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair Nominated
  Israel The Summer of Aviya Hebrew הקיץ של אביה Eli Cohen Not Nominated
  Italy The Legend of the Holy Drinker Italian La Leggenda del santo bevitore Ermanno Olmi Not Nominated
  Japan Hope and Pain Japanese ダウンタウン・ヒーローズ Yoji Yamada Not Nominated
  Mexico The Last Tunnel Spanish El Último túnel Servando González Not Nominated
  Netherlands The Vanishing Dutch, French Spoorloos George Sluizer Disqualified
  Nicaragua The Ghost of War Spanish El Espectro de la guerra Ramiro Lacayo-Deshon Not Nominated
  Norway The Ice Palace Norwegian Is-slottet Per Blom Not Nominated
  Peru The Mouth of the Wolf Spanish La Boca del lobo Francisco José Lombardi Not Nominated
  Poland A Short Film About Love Polish Krótki film o milosci Krzysztof Kieślowski Not Nominated
  Portugal Hard Times Portuguese Tempos Difíceis João Botelho Not Nominated
  Puerto Rico Tango Bar Spanish Tango Bar Marcos Zurinaga Not Nominated
  Soviet Union Commissar Russian Комиссар Aleksandr Askoldov Not Nominated
  Spain Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Spanish Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Pedro Almodóvar Nominated
   Switzerland La Méridienne French La Méridienne Jean-François Amiguet Not Nominated
  Taiwan My Mother's Teahouse Chinese 春秋茶室 Chen Kunhou Not Nominated
  Yugoslavia My Uncle's Legacy Serbo-Croatian Život sa stricem Krsto Papić Not Nominated


  1. ^ "The 61st Academy Awards (1989) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Nomination Intricacies For Foreign-Film Oscar". New York Times. Retrieved 20 August 2015.