List of submissions to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 83rd 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 presented 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]

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was 1 October 2010. The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between 1 October 2009, and 30 September 2010.[2] In total, 66 countries submitted films for consideration, including first-time submissions from Greenland and Ethiopia.[3]

A shortlist of nine semi-finalists was announced on 19 January 2011.[4] The final list of five nominees was announced on 25 January 2011, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.[2][5] The Danish entry, In a Better World, was announced as the winner at the 83rd Academy Awards on 27 February 2011.[6]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
  Afghanistan The Black Tulip[7] The Black Tulip, لاله سیاه Dari, Pashto, English, Arabic, Italian Sonia Nassery Cole Not nominated[8]
  Albania East, West, East[9] Lindje, Perëndim, Lindje Albanian, Italian, Slovene, Serbian Gjergj Xhuvani Not nominated
  Algeria Hors la Loi[10] Hors-la-loi, خارجون عن القانون French, Arabic Rachid Bouchareb Nominated[5]
  Argentina Carancho[11] Carancho Spanish Pablo Trapero Not nominated
  Austria La Pivellina[12] La Pivellina Italian Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel Not nominated
  Azerbaijan The Precinct[13] Sahə Azeri, Russian Ilgar Safat Not nominated
  Bangladesh Third Person Singular Number[14] থার্ড পারসন সিঙ্গুলার নাম্বার (Thārḍa pārasana siṅgulāra nāmbāra) Bengali Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Not nominated
  Belgium Illegal[15] Illègal French, Russian, English Olivier Masset-Depasse Not nominated
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Circus Columbia[16] Cirkus Columbia Bosnian, English Danis Tanović Not nominated
  Brazil Lula, the Son of Brazil[17] Lula, o filho do Brasil Portuguese Fábio Barreto Not nominated
  Bulgaria Eastern Plays[18] Eastern Plays Bulgarian, Turkish, English Kamen Kalev Not nominated
  Canada Incendies[3] Incendies French, Arabic Denis Villeneuve Nominated[5]
  Chile The Life of Fish[19] La vida de los peces Spanish Matías Bize Not nominated
  China Aftershock[20] 唐山大地震 (Tángshān Dà Dìzhèn) Mandarin Feng Xiaogang Not nominated
  Colombia Crab Trap[21] El vuelco del cangrejo Spanish Oscar Ruíz Navia Not nominated
  Costa Rica Of Love and Other Demons[22] Del amor y otros demonios Spanish Hilda Hidalgo Not nominated
  Croatia The Blacks[23] Crnci Croatian Goran Devic & Zvonimir Juric Not nominated
  Czech Republic Kawasaki's Rose[24] Kawasakiho růže Czech Jan Hřebejk Not nominated
  Denmark In a Better World[25] Hævnen Danish, Swedish, English, Arabic, Catalan, Spanish Susanne Bier Won Academy Award[6]
  Egypt Messages from the Sea[26] رسائل البحر (Rassayel El Bahr) Arabic Daoud Abdel Sayed Not nominated
  Estonia The Temptation of St. Tony[27] Püha Tõnu kiusamine Estonian Veiko Õunpuu Not nominated
  Ethiopia The Athlete[3] Atletu Amharic, English, Oromo, Norwegian Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew Not nominated
  Finland Steam of Life[28] Miesten vuoro Finnish Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen Not nominated
  France Of Gods and Men[3] Des hommes et des dieux French, Arabic Xavier Beauvois Not nominated
  Georgia Street Days[29] ქუჩის დღეები (Kuchis dgeebi) Georgian Levan Koguashvili Not nominated
  Germany When We Leave[3] Die Fremde German, Turkish Feo Aladag Not nominated
  Greece Dogtooth[30] Κυνόδοντας (Kynodontas) Greek Yorgos Lanthimos Nominated[5]
  Greenland Nuummioq[31] Nuummioq Greenlandic, Danish Torben Bech, Otto Rosing Not nominated
  Hungary Bibliothèque Pascal[32] Bibliothèque Pascal Romanian, Hungarian, English Szabolcs Hajdu Not nominated
  Hong Kong Echoes of the Rainbow[33] 歲月神偷 (Seoi jyut san tau) Cantonese Alex Law Not nominated
  Iceland Mamma Gogo[34] Mamma Gógó Icelandic Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
  India Peepli [Live][35] पीपली लाइव, Peepli [Live] Hindi Anusha Rizvi Not nominated
  Indonesia How Funny (This Country Is)[36] Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini) Indonesian Deddy Mizwar Not nominated
  Iran Farewell Baghdad[3] بدرود بغداد (Khodahafez Baghdad) Arabic, English, Persian Mehdi Naderi Not nominated
  Iraq Son of Babylon[37] ابن بابل (Abn Babil) Arabic, Kurdish Mohamed Al-Daradji Not nominated
  Israel The Human Resources Manager[38] שליחותו של הממונה על משאבי אנוש (Shliḥuto shel Ha'Memuneh al Mash'abey Enosh) Hebrew, Romanian, English Eran Riklis Not nominated
  Italy La Prima Cosa Bella[39] La prima cosa bella Italian Paolo Virzì Not nominated
  Japan Confessions[40] 告白 (Kokuhaku) Japanese Tetsuya Nakashima Made shortlist[4]
  Kazakhstan Strayed[41] Заблудившийся (Zabludivshiysya) Russian Akan Satayev Not nominated
  Kyrgyzstan The Light Thief[31] Свет-аке (Svet-Ake) Kyrgyz Aktan Arym Kubat Not nominated
  Latvia Hong Kong Confidential[42] Amaya Cantonese, Japanese, English Māris Martinsons Not nominated
  Macedonia Mothers[43] Мајки (Majki) Macedonian Milčo Mančevski Not nominated
  Mexico Biutiful[44] Biutiful Spanish, Chinese, Wolof Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated[5]
  Netherlands Tirza[45] Tirza Dutch, English Rudolf van den Berg Not nominated
  Nicaragua La Yuma[46] La Yuma Spanish Florence Jaugey Not nominated
  Norway Angel[47] Engelen Norwegian Margreth Olin Not nominated
  Peru Undertow[48] Contracorriente Spanish Javier Fuentes-León Not nominated
  Philippines Noy[49] Noy Filipino, English Dondon Santos Not nominated
  Poland All That I Love[50] Wszystko, co kocham Polish Jacek Borcuch Not nominated
  Portugal To Die Like a Man[51] Morrer Como Um Homem Portuguese João Pedro Rodrigues Not nominated
  Puerto Rico Miente[52] Miente Spanish Rafi Mercado Not nominated
  Romania If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle[53] Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier Romanian Florin Șerban Not nominated
  Russia The Edge[54] Край (Kray) Russian Alexei Uchitel Not nominated
  Serbia Besa[55] Беса (Besa) Serbian, Albanian Srđan Karanović Not nominated
  Slovakia Hranica[56] Hranica Slovak, Hungarian Jaroslav Vojtek Not nominated
  Slovenia 9:06[56] 9:06 Slovene Igor Sterk Not nominated
  South Africa Life, Above All[3] Life, Above All Northern Sotho Oliver Schmitz Made shortlist[4]
  South Korea A Barefoot Dream[3] 맨발의 꿈 (Maenbalui Kkum) Korean, Tetum Kim Tae-kyun Not nominated
  Spain Even the Rain[57] También la lluvia Spanish, Quechua, English Icíar Bollaín Made shortlist[4]
  Sweden Simple Simon[58] I rymden finns inga känslor Swedish Andreas Öhman Made shortlist[4]
   Switzerland La petite chambre[59] La petite chambre French Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond Not nominated
  Taiwan Monga[60] 艋舺 (Báng-kah) Mandarin, Taiwanese Hokkien Doze Niu Not nominated
  Thailand Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives[61] ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ (Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat) Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul Not nominated
  Turkey Bal[61] Bal Turkish Semih Kaplanoglu Not nominated
  Uruguay A Useful Life[61] La vida útil Spanish Federico Veiroj Not nominated
  Venezuela Hermano[62] Hermano Spanish Marcel Rasquin Not nominated


  •   Vietnam has submitted four films in the past five years. Their official nominating body, the Vietnam Cinema Administration's International Relations Department, has indicated an interest in participating and has said they have nine eligible films. However, as of 5 October 2010, they had made no official announcement.[63]
  •   Taiwan originally chose Hear Me, which was deemed to be ineligible since its August 2009 release date meant that it was eligible only for the previous year.[64]
  • Cuba, Lithuania, and Luxembourg informed Variety before the deadline that they would not participate in this year's competition.[65]


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