List of submissions to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 84th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) 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] Nine shortlisted contenders were revealed a week before the announcement of the Oscar nominations.[2]

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was 3 October 2011.[3] The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between 1 October 2010 and 30 September 2011.[2]

On 13 October, AMPAS announced that 63 countries had been accepted to participate in the competition for the 2012 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar,[4] including a first-time submission from New Zealand.[5][6]

On 18 January 2012 the nine shortlisted entries were announced.[7] Six days later, the five nominees were announced.[8] The Iranian entry, A Separation, was announced as the winner at the 84th Academy Awards on 26 February 2012.[9]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
  Albania Amnesty[10] Amnistia Albanian Bujar Alimani Not nominated
  Argentina Aballay[11] Aballay, el hombre sin miedo Spanish Fernando Spiner Not nominated
  Austria Breathing[12] Atmen German Karl Markovics Not nominated
  Belgium Bullhead[13] Rundskop Dutch, French, Limburgish Michaël R. Roskam Nominated[8]
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Belvedere[14] Belvedere Bosnian Ahmed Imamović Not nominated
  Brazil Elite Squad: The Enemy Within[15] Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora É Outro Portuguese José Padilha Not nominated
  Bulgaria Tilt[16] Тилт Bulgarian Viktor Chouchkov Not nominated
  Canada Monsieur Lazhar[17] Monsieur Lazhar French Philippe Falardeau Nominated[8]
  Chile Violeta Went to Heaven[18] Violeta se fue a los cielos Spanish Andrés Wood Not nominated
  China The Flowers of War[19] 金陵十三釵 Mandarin, English Zhang Yimou Not nominated
  Colombia The Colors of the Mountain[20] Los colores de la montaña Spanish Carlos César Arbeláez Not nominated
  Croatia 72 Days[21] Sedamdeset i dva dana Croatian Danilo Šerbedžija Not nominated
  Cuba Havanastation[22] Habanastation Spanish Ian Padrón Not nominated
  Czech Republic Alois Nebel[23] Alois Nebel Czech Tomás Lunák Not nominated
  Denmark SuperClásico[24] SuperClásico Danish, Spanish Ole Christian Madsen Made shortlist[7]
  Dominican Republic Love Child[25] La hija natural Spanish Leticia Tonos Not nominated
  Egypt Lust[26] الشوق Arabic Khaled El Hagar Not nominated
  Estonia Letters to Angel[27] Kirjad Inglile Estonian Sulev Keedus Not nominated
  Finland Le Havre[28] Le Havre French Aki Kaurismäki Not nominated
  France Declaration of War[29] La guerre est déclarée French Valérie Donzelli Not nominated
  Georgia Chantrapas[30] შანტრაპა French, Georgian Otar Iosseliani Not nominated
  Germany Pina[31] Pina – Tanzt, tanzt sonst sind wir verloren German Wim Wenders Made shortlist[7]
  Greece Attenberg[32] Attenberg Greek Athina Rachel Tsangari Not nominated
  Hong Kong A Simple Life[33] 桃姐 Cantonese Ann Hui Not nominated
  Hungary The Turin Horse[34] A Torinói ló Hungarian Béla Tarr Not nominated
  Iceland Volcano[35] Eldfjall Icelandic Rúnar Rúnarsson Not nominated
  India Abu, Son of Adam[36] ആദാമിന്റെ മകൻ അബു Malayalam Salim Ahamed Not nominated
  Indonesia Under the Protection of Ka'Bah[4] Di Bawah Lindungan Ka'bah Indonesian Hanny Saputra Not nominated
  Iran A Separation[37] جدایی نادر از سیمین Persian Asghar Farhadi Won Academy Award[9]
  Ireland As If I Am Not There[38] As If I Am Not There Serbo-Croatian Juanita Wilson Not nominated
  Israel Footnote[39] הערת שוליים Hebrew Joseph Cedar Nominated[8]
  Italy Terraferma[40] Terraferma Italian Emanuele Crialese Not nominated
  Japan Postcard[41] 一枚のハガキ Japanese Kaneto Shindō Not nominated
  Kazakhstan Returning to the 'A'[4] Возвращение в «А» Russian Egor Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky Not nominated
  Lebanon Where Do We Go Now?[42] وهلّأ لوين؟ Arabic Nadine Labaki Not nominated
  Lithuania Back to Your Arms[43] Kai apkabinsiu tave Lithuanian, Russian, German Kristijonas Vildžiūnas Not nominated
  Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Punk is Not Dead[21] Панкот не е мртов Macedonian, Albanian Vladimir Blazevski Not nominated
  Mexico Miss Bala[44] Miss Bala Spanish Gerardo Naranjo Not nominated
  Morocco Omar Killed Me[45] Omar m'a tuer French, Arabic Roschdy Zem Made shortlist[7]
  Netherlands Sonny Boy[46] Sonny Boy Dutch Maria Peters Not nominated
  New Zealand The Orator[5] O Le Tulafale Samoan Tusi Tamasese Not nominated
  Norway Happy, Happy[47] Sykt lykkelig Norwegian Anne Sewitsky Not nominated
  Peru October[48] Octubre Spanish Daniel Vega Vidal Not nominated
  Philippines The Woman in the Septic Tank[49] Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank Tagalog Marlon Rivera Not nominated
  Poland In Darkness[50] W ciemności Polish, German, Yiddish, Ukrainian Agnieszka Holland Nominated[8]
  Portugal José and Pilar[51] José e Pilar Portuguese Miguel Gonçalves Mendes Not nominated
  Puerto Rico America[52] America Spanish Sonia Fritz Disqualified[52]
  Romania Morgen[53] Morgen Romanian, Hungarian, Turkish Marian Crisan Not nominated
  Russia Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel[54] Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель Russian Nikita Mikhalkov Not nominated
  Serbia Montevideo, God Bless You![55] Монтевидео, Бог те видео Serbian Dragan Bjelogrlić Not nominated
  Singapore Tatsumi[56] Tatsumi Japanese Eric Khoo Not nominated
  Slovakia Gypsy[57] Cigán Slovak, Romany Martin Šulík Not nominated
  Slovenia Silent Sonata[21] Circus Fantasticus No dialogue Janez Burger Disqualified[58]
  South Africa Beauty[59] Skoonheid Afrikaans, English Oliver Hermanus Not nominated
  South Korea The Front Line[60] 고지전 Korean Jang Hoon Not nominated
  Spain Black Bread[61] Pa negre Catalan Agustí Villaronga Not nominated
  Sweden Beyond[62] Svinalängorna Swedish, Finnish Pernilla August Not nominated
   Switzerland Summer Games[63] Giochi d'estate Italian Rolando Colla Not nominated
  Taiwan Seediq Bale[64] 賽德克.巴萊 / Seediq Bale Seediq, Japanese, Taiwanese, Mandarin Wei Te-sheng Made shortlist[7]
  Thailand Kon Khon[65] คนโขน Thai Sarunyu Wongkrachang Not nominated
  Turkey Once Upon a Time in Anatolia[66] Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan Not nominated
  United Kingdom Patagonia[67] Patagonia Welsh, Spanish Marc Evans Not nominated
  Uruguay The Silent House[68] La casa muda Spanish Gustavo Hernández Not nominated
  Venezuela The Rumble of the Stones[69] El rumor de las piedras Spanish Alejandro Bellame Palacios Not nominated
  Vietnam The Prince and the Pagoda Boy[70] Khát vọng Thăng Long Vietnamese Lưu Trọng Ninh Not nominated

Other countriesEdit

  • Luxembourg announced that they had no eligible films, and would not be participating in the competition this year.[71]
  • Ukraine announced that they had convened an Oscar selection committee, but decided that no Ukrainian film met all the AMPAS requirements, meaning that they did not submit a film for the third year in a row.[72]

Controversies and changesEdit

  • Albania originally submitted The Forgiveness of Blood, but it was rejected due to protest of Bujar Alimani, the director of Amnesty. He argued that The Forgiveness of Blood shouldn't be eligible to represent Albania due to its American director, Joshua Marston, and key American crew members. AMPAS disqualified it and Albania instead submitted Alimani's film.[73]
  • The Dominican Republic's submission was initially rejected because of the country's failure to submit the names of its selection committee members on time, but they appealed and won.[74]
  • Puerto Rico, which had been invited to participate in the Foreign Oscar race since 1986, tried to submit a film (Sonia Fritz's America) but was rejected, because of a new rule that doesn't allow films from US territories to compete in the Foreign Language Film category. The Puerto Rico Film Commission, which selects the Puerto Rican Oscar nominee, appealed to AMPAS to change its mind, citing its previous Oscar nomination in the category and the presence of non-independent territories like Greenland, Hong Kong and Palestine, but AMPAS refused to change its mind.[74]
  • The Slovenian entry Silent Sonata was disqualified because the Society of Slovene filmmakers (Društvo slovenskih filmskih ustvarjalcev, DSFU) neglected to officially submit the entry in time because of a misunderstanding within the organization. Therefore, it wasn't included in the final list of entries.[58]

See alsoEdit


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