List of Swiss submissions for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film
Switzerland has submitted 45 films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film since their first entry in 1961. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.
As of 2019, five Swiss films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and two of these have won the award, most recently for the Turkish refugee drama Journey of Hope at the 1991 Academy Awards.
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 since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Switzerland for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.
Since they began submitting regularly in 1972, they have only failed to enter a film on three occasions: 1977, 1978 and 2003. In 1994, the Swiss entered but were disqualified in a controversial ruling in which AMPAS determined that one of the favorites, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red, was not a majority Swiss production.
Director Alain Tanner had had his films selected five times, but none have been nominated. Xavier Koller and Swiss-based French director Jean-Luc Godard have each been selected to represent Switzerland three times.
Switzerland has four official languages. Twenty-two of the Swiss submissions have been French-language films, while fourteen were in some variety of German, and only one in Italian, but none have been in Romansh. In addition, two Swiss submissions were in Turkish.
|Film title used in nomination||Original title||Language(s)||Director||Result|
|The Shadows Grow Longer||Die Schatten werden länger||German||Ladislao Vajda||Not Nominated|
|First Love||Erste Liebe||German||Maximilian Schell||Nominated|
|La Salamandre||La Salamandre||French||Alain Tanner||Not Nominated|
|The Middle of the World||Le Milieu du monde||French||Alain Tanner||Not Nominated|
|Confrontation||Konfrontation||Swiss German||Rolf Lyssy||Not Nominated|
|Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000||Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000||French||Alain Tanner||Not Nominated|
|Les petites fugues||Les petites fugues||French||Yves Yersin||Not Nominated|
|Every Man for Himself||Sauve qui peut (la vie)||French||Jean-Luc Godard||Not Nominated|
|The Boat Is Full||Das Boot ist Voll||German||Markus Imhoof||Nominated|
|Yol||Yol||Turkish||Şerif Gören||Not Nominated|
|In the White City||Dans la ville blanche||French||Alain Tanner||Not Nominated|
|Dangerous Moves||La Diagonale du fou||French||Richard Dembo||Won Academy Award|
|Alpine Fire||Höhenfeuer||Swiss German||Fredi Murer||Not Nominated|
|Tanner||Der Schwarze Tanner||Swiss German||Xavier Koller||Not Nominated|
|If the Sun Never Returns||Si le soleil ne revenait pas||French||Claude Goretta||Not Nominated|
|La Méridienne||La Méridienne||French||Jean-François Amiguet||Not Nominated|
|My Dear Subject||Mon cher sujet||French||Anne-Marie Miéville||Not Nominated|
|Journey of Hope||Reise der Hoffnung||Turkish, Swiss German, Italian||Xavier Koller||Won Academy Award|
|Der Berg||Der Berg||German||Markus Imhoof||Not Nominated|
|Off Season||Hors Saison||French||Daniel Schmid||Not Nominated|
|The Diary of Lady M||Le Journal de Lady M||French||Alain Tanner||Not Nominated|
|Three Colors: Red||Trois Couleurs: Rouge||French||Krzysztof Kieślowski||Disqualified|
|Adultery: A User's Guide||Adultère, mode d'emploi||French||Christine Pascal||Not Nominated|
|Les Agneaux||Les Agneaux||French||Marcel Schüpbach||Not Nominated|
|For Ever Mozart||For Ever Mozart||French||Jean-Luc Godard||Not Nominated|
|War in the Highlands||La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays||French||Francis Reusser||Not Nominated|
|Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland||Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz||Swiss German||Daniel Schmid||Not Nominated|
|Gripsholm||Gripsholm||German||Xavier Koller||Not Nominated|
|In Praise of Love||Éloge de l'amour||French||Jean-Luc Godard||Not Nominated|
|Aime ton père||Aime ton père||French||Jacob Berger||Not Nominated|
|Mein Name Ist Bach||Mein Name Ist Bach||German||Dominique de Rivaz||Not Nominated|
|Tout un Hiver sans Feu||Tout un Hiver sans Feu||French||Greg Zglinski||Not Nominated|
|Vitus||Vitus||Swiss German||Fredi Murer||Made January Shortlist|
|Late Bloomers||Die Herbstzeitlosen||Swiss German||Bettina Oberli||Not Nominated|
|The Friend||Der Freund||Swiss German||Micha Lewinsky||Not Nominated|
|Home||Home||French||Ursula Meier||Not Nominated|
|La petite chambre||La petite chambre||French||Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond||Not Nominated|
|Summer Games||Giochi d'estate||Italian||Rolando Colla||Not Nominated|
|Sister||L'Enfant d'en haut||French||Ursula Meier||Made January Shortlist|
|More than Honey||More than Honey||German||Markus Imhoof||Not Nominated|
|The Circle||Der Kreis||German||Stefan Haupt||Not Nominated|
|Iraqi Odyssey||Iraqi Odyssey||Arabic||Samir||Not Nominated|
|My Life as a Courgette||Ma vie de Courgette||French||Claude Barras||Made December Shortlist|
|The Divine Order||Die göttliche Ordnung||German||Petra Biondina Volpe||Not Nominated|
|Eldorado||Eldorado||German||Markus Imhoof||Not Nominated|
|Wolkenbruch's Wondrous Journey Into the Arms of a Shiksa||Wolkenbruchs wunderliche Reise in die Arme einer Schickse||German, Yiddish||Michael Steiner||Not Nominated|
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