List of submissions to the 63rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film
The 63rd Academy Awards, which were held on 25 March 1991, saw 37 countries submit films for competition in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The five nominated films came from China, France, Germany, Italy and the eventual winner, Journey of Hope from Switzerland. Chile and Germany submitted films for the first time. Germany had previously submitted as East Germany and West Germany.
The 1981 Romanian film Carnival Scenes had been banned in Romania and was not released in local theatres. Since the film had never been released, the Academy initially accepted it as a new film. However, while the film was listed on AMPAS' Fall 1991 press release, it was not listed in a 2007 updated list. It is unknown whether the film actually screened or was disqualified.
Ju Dou became the first Chinese film to be nominated for an Oscar, despite China's flip-flop over whether it even wanted the film in the competition. The film was officially selected by China's national film board, which later unsuccessfully tried to persuade the Academy to withdraw the film.
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