List of submissions to the 65th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The following 33 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 65th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film which took place in 1993.[1] The titles in bold were the five nominated films, which came from Belgium, Germany, Russia, Uruguay and the eventual winner, Indochina, from France.[2]

The film A Place in the World, which was submitted by Uruguay, was disqualified after the nominations were announced in early 1993, when it was discovered that the film was an overwhelmingly Argentine production with minimal input from Uruguayans. Argentina had selected another film to compete for the award, so director Adolfo Aristarain asked Uruguay (which had never entered the competition before) to submit it instead. The Argentine film did not get nominated. A Place in the World was removed from the ballot (leaving only four films in contention for the award), causing the director to sue the Academy.

For the first time films from the former USSR competed against each other in this category; Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia and the Russian Federation submitted their first-ever films. After being disqualified the previous year since the country was not yet internationally recognized, Croatia had a film accepted for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
  Argentina The Dark Side of the Heart Spanish El lado oscuro del corazón Eliseo Subiela Not nominated
  Austria Benny's Video German Bennys Video Michael Haneke Not nominated
  Belgium Daens Dutch, French Daens Stijn Coninx Nominated
  Canada Léolo French Léolo Jean-Claude Lauzon Not nominated
  China The Story of Qiu Ju Chinese 秋菊打官司 Zhang Yimou Not nominated
  Croatia Story from Croatia Croatian Priča iz Hrvatske Krsto Papić Not nominated
  Cuba Adorable Lies Spanish Adorables Mentiras Gerardo Chijona Not nominated
  Denmark Sofie Danish Sofie Liv Ullmann Not nominated
  Estonia Those Old Love Letters Estonian Need vanad armastuskirjad Mati Põldre Not nominated
  France Indochina French Indochine Régis Wargnier Won Academy Award
  Germany Schtonk! German Schtonk! Helmut Dietl Nominated
  Hungary Sweet Emma, Dear Böbe Hungarian Édes Emma, drága Böbe - vázlatok, aktok István Szabó Not nominated
  Iceland As in Heaven Icelandic Svo á jörðu sem á himni Kristín Jóhannesdóttir Not nominated
  India Thevar Magan Tamil தேவர் மகன் Bharathan Not nominated
  Indonesia Mer's Lips Indonesian Bibir Mer Arifin C. Noer Not nominated
  Israel Life According to Agfa Hebrew החיים על פי אגפה Assi Dayan Not nominated
  Italy The Stolen Children Italian Il Ladro di Bambini Gianni Amelio Not nominated
  Japan The Oil-Hell Murder Japanese 女殺し油地獄 Hideo Gosha Not nominated
  Kazakhstan The Fall of Otrar Kazakh, Mandarin, Mongolian Гибел Отрара (Отырардың күйреуі) Ardak Amirkulov Not nominated
  Latvia The Child of Man Latvian Cilvēka bērns Jānis Streičs Not nominated
  Mexico Like Water for Chocolate Spanish Como agua para chocolate Alfonso Arau Not nominated
  Netherlands The Northerners Dutch De Noorderlingen Alex van Warmerdam Not nominated
  Norway The Warrior's Heart Norwegian Krigerens hjerte Leidulv Risan Not nominated
  Poland All That Really Matters Polish Wszystko, co najważniejsze Robert Gliński Not nominated
  Portugal Day of Despair Portuguese O dia do desespero Manoel de Oliveira Not nominated
  Romania Luxury Hotel Romanian Hotel de Lux Dan Pița Not nominated
  Russia Close to Eden Russian Урга Nikita Mikhalkov Nominated
  Spain The Fencing Master Spanish El Maestro de esgrima Pedro Olea Not nominated
  Sweden House of Angels Swedish Änglagård Colin Nutley Not nominated
   Switzerland Off Season French Hors saison Daniel Schmid Not nominated
  Taiwan Peach Blossom Land Chinese 暗戀桃花源 Stan Lai Not nominated
  Turkey Piano Piano Kid Turkish Piano Piano Bacaksız Tunç Başaran Not nominated
  Uruguay A Place in the World Spanish Un lugar en el mundo Adolfo Aristarain Nominated and Disqualified


  1. ^ "Foreign Oscar entries submitted". Variety. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  2. ^ "The 65th Academy Awards (1993) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 19 September 2015.