List of submissions to the 62nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The following 37 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 62nd Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film which took place in 1990. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from Canada, Denmark, France, Puerto Rico and the eventual winner, Cinema Paradiso, from Italy.[1] Burkina Faso and South Africa submitted films for the first time and Puerto Rico was nominated for the first, and to date, only time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
  Argentina La Amiga Spanish, German La Amiga Jeanine Meerapfel Not Nominated
  Austria The Seventh Continent German Der Siebente Kontinent Michael Haneke Not Nominated
  Belgium The Sacrament Dutch Het Sacrament Hugo Claus Not Nominated
  Brazil Better Days Ahead Portuguese Dias Melhores Virão Carlos Diegues Not Nominated
  Bulgaria Time of Violence Bulgarian Време на насилие Ludmil Staikov Not Nominated
  Burkina Faso Yaaba More Yaaba[2] Idrissa Ouedraogo Not Nominated
  Canada Jesus of Montreal French Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Nominated
  China The Birth of New China Chinese 开国大典 Qiankuan Li Not Nominated
  Cuba Supporting Roles Spanish Papeles secundarios Orlando Rojas Not Nominated
  Czechoslovakia A Hoof Here, a Hoof There Czech Kopytem sem, kopytem tam Věra Chytilová Not Nominated
  Denmark Memories of a Marriage Danish Danser med Regitze Kaspar Rostrup Nominated
  France Camille Claudel French Camille Claudel[2] Bruno Nuytten Nominated
  West Germany Spider's Web German Das Spinnenetz Bernhard Wicki Not Nominated
  Greece Landscape in the Mist Greek Τοπίο στην ομίχλη Theo Angelopoulos Not Nominated
  Hong Kong Painted Faces Cantonese 七小福 Alex Law Not Nominated
  Hungary My 20th Century Hungarian Az Én XX. századom Ildikó Enyedi Not Nominated
  Iceland Under the Glacier Icelandic Kristnihald undir jökli Guðný Halldórsdóttir Not Nominated
  India Parinda Hindi परिंदा Vidhu Vinod Chopra Not Nominated
  Indonesia Tjoet Nja' Dhien Indonesian Tjoet Nja' Dhien Eros Djarot Not Nominated
  Israel One of Us Hebrew אחד משלנו Uri Barbash Not Nominated
  Italy Cinema Paradiso Italian Nuovo Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Won Academy Award
  Japan Rikyu Japanese 利休 Hiroshi Teshigahara Not Nominated
  Netherlands Polonaise Dutch Leedvermaak Frans Weisz Not Nominated
  Norway A Handful of Time Norwegian En håndfull tid Martin Asphaug Not Nominated
  Poland Kornblumenblau Polish Kornblumenblau[3] Leszek Wosiewicz Not Nominated
  Portugal The Cannibals Portuguese Os Canibais Manoel de Oliveira Not Nominated
  Puerto Rico Santiago, the Story of his New Life Spanish Lo que le pasó a Santiago Jacobo Morales Nominated
  Romania Those Who Pay With Their Lives Romanian Cei care plătesc cu viaţa Șerban Marinescu Not Nominated
  South Africa Mapantsula Zulu Mapantsula Oliver Schmitz Not Nominated[4]
  Spain Love, Hate and Death Spanish Montoyas y Tarantos Vicente Escrivá Not Nominated
  Sweden The Women on the Roof Swedish Kvinnor på taket Carl-Gustav Nykvist Not Nominated
   Switzerland My Dear Subject French Mon cher sujet Anne-Marie Miéville Not Nominated
  Taiwan A City of Sadness Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese 悲情城市 Hou Hsiao-hsien Not Nominated
  Thailand The Elephant Keeper Thai คนเลี้ยงช้าง Chatrichalerm Yukol Not Nominated
  Turkey Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite Turkish Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar Tunç Başaran Not Nominated
  Soviet Union Zerograd Russian Город Зеро Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
  Yugoslavia Time of the Gypsies Romany, Serbian Dom za vešanje Emir Kusturica Not Nominated


  1. ^ "The 62nd Academy Awards (1990) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b proper name
  3. ^ Song name, relevant to plot
  4. ^ The South African submission, Mapantsula, was on the 1989 official AMPAS press release, but not on the 2007 updated list. In 1997, the AMPAS press release announced that Paljas had been selected as South Africa's first-ever submission.