List of submissions to the 77th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 77th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956.[1] The award is handed out annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1][2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.[2]

For the 77th Academy Awards, which were held on February 27, 2005, the Academy invited 89 countries to submit films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[3] Fifty-one countries submitted films to the Academy, including Malaysia, which submitted a film for the first time.[4] The submissions from Colombia, Hong Kong and Ukraine were rejected before the formal review process, but Colombia submitted another film as a replacement.[5][6] The Academy released a list of the five nominees for the award on January 25, 2005.[7] The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Spain's The Sea Inside, which was directed by Alejandro Amenabar.[8]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
  Afghanistan Earth and Ashes خاکستر و خاک (Khakestar-o-khak) Dari, Pashto Atiq Rahimi Not nominated
  Argentina Lost Embrace El abrazo partido Spanish, Korean, Lithuanian, Yiddish Daniel Burman Not nominated
  Austria Antares Antares German, Croatian, English Götz Spielmann Not nominated
  Belgium The Alzheimer Case De Zaak Alzheimer Dutch, French, Flemish Erik Van Looy Not nominated
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Days and Hours Kod amidze Idriza Bosnian Pjer Žalica Not nominated
  Brazil Olga Olga Portuguese Jayme Monjardim Not nominated
  Bulgaria Mila from Mars Мила от Марс (Mila ot Mars) Bulgarian Zornitsa Sophia Not nominated
  Canada Far Side of the Moon La face cachée de la lune French Robert Lepage Not nominated
  Chile Machuca Machuca Spanish Andrés Wood Not nominated
  China House of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏 (Shí miàn mái fú) Mandarin Zhang Yimou Not nominated
  Colombia El Rey El Rey Spanish Jose Antonio Dorado Not nominated
  Croatia Long Dark Night Duga mračna noc Croatian Antun Vrdoljak Not nominated
  Czech Republic Up and Down Horem pádem Czech Jan Hřebejk Not nominated
  Denmark The Five Obstructions De Fem benspænd Danish, English, French,


Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier Not nominated
  Ecuador Chronicles Crónicas Spanish, English Sebastián Cordero Not nominated
  Egypt I Love Cinema بحب السيما (Baḥibb as-sīmāʾ) Egyptian Arabic Osama Fawzy Not nominated
  Estonia Revolution of Pigs Sigade revolutsioon Estonian Jaak Kilmi, René Reinumägi Not nominated
  Finland Producing Adults Lapsia ja aikuisia – Kuinka niitä tehdään? Finnish Aleksi Salmenperä Not nominated
  France The Chorus Les Choristes French Christophe Barratier Nominated
  Germany Downfall Der Untergang German Oliver Hirschbiegel Nominated
  Greece A Touch of Spice Πολίτικη Κουζίνα (Politiki kouzina) Greek, Turkish, English Tassos Boulmetis Not nominated
  Hong Kong Running on Karma 大隻佬 (Daai chek liu) Cantonese Wai Ka-Fai, Johnnie To Disqualified
  Hungary Kontroll Kontroll Hungarian Nimród Antal Not nominated
  Iceland Cold Light Kaldaljós Icelandic Hilmar Oddsson Not nominated
  India Shwaas श्वास (Shwaas) Marathi Sandeep Sawant Not nominated
  Iran Turtles Can Fly کیسەڵەکانیش دەفڕن (Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand) Kurdish Bahman Ghobadi Not nominated
  Israel Campfire מדורת השבט (Medurat Hashevet) Hebrew, English Joseph Cedar Not nominated
  Italy The Keys to the House Le chiavi di casa Italian Gianni Amelio Not nominated
  Japan Nobody Knows 誰も知らない (Dare mo Shiranai) Japanese Hirokazu Koreeda Not nominated
  Macedonia The Great Water Golemata voda Macedonian, English Ivo Trajikov Not nominated
  Malaysia The Princess of Mount Ledang Puteri Gunung Ledang Malay Saw Teong Hin Not nominated
  Mexico Innocent Voices Voces inocentes Spanish Luis Mandoki Not nominated
  Netherlands Simon Simon Dutch Eddy Terstall Not nominated
  Norway Hawaii, Oslo Hawaii, Oslo Norwegian Erik Poppe Not nominated
  Palestine The Olive Harvest موسم الزيتون (Mawsim al-zaytun) Arabic Hanna Elias Not nominated
  Philippines Crying Ladies Crying Ladies Tagalog, English, Hokkien, Mandarin Mark Meily Not nominated
  Poland The Welts Pręgi Polish Magdalena Piekorz Not nominated
  Portugal The Miracle According to Salomé O Milagre segundo Salomé Portuguese Mário Barroso Not nominated
  Romania Orient Express Orient Express Romanian Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
  Russia Night Watch Ночной дозор (Nochnoy dozor) Russian Timur Bekmambetov Not nominated
  Serbia and Montenegro Goose Feather Јесен стиже, дуњо моја (Jesen stiže, Dunjo moja) Serbian Ljubiša Samardžić Not nominated
  Slovenia Beneath Her Window Pod njenim oknom Slovenian Metod Pevec Not nominated
  South Africa Yesterday Yesterday Zulu Darrell Roodt Nominated
  South Korea Taegukgi 태극기 휘날리며 (Taegukgi Hwinallimyo) Korean Kang Je-gyu Not nominated
  Spain The Sea Inside Mar adentro Spanish, Galician, Catalan Alejandro Amenabar Won Academy Award
  Sweden As It Is in Heaven Så som i himmelen Swedish, English Kay Pollak Nominated
  Switzerland Mein Name Ist Bach Mein Name Ist Bach German Dominique de Rivaz Not nominated
  Taiwan 20 30 40 20 30 40 Mandarin Sylvia Chang Not nominated
  Thailand The Overture โหมโรง (Hom rong) Thai Ittisoontorn Vichailak Not nominated
  Ukraine A Driver for Vera Водитель для Веры (Voditel dlya Very) Russian Pavel Chukhrai Disqualified
  Uruguay Whisky Whisky Spanish, Italian Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll Not nominated
  Venezuela Punto y Raya Punto y Raya Spanish Elia Schneider Not nominated


  •   Colombia's original submission, Maria Full of Grace was disqualified because the Academy determined that there was too much English dialogue in the film for it to meet Academy requirements.[6] Colombia submitted El Rey as a replacement.[5]
  •   Hong Kong's submission, Running on Karma, was disqualified by the Academy, which cited problems with the film's release date.[9]
  •   Ukraine's submission, A Driver for Vera, was disqualified because the Academy determined that the film was primarily Russian-produced, and thus not eligible as Ukraine's submission.[5]


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