List of submissions to the 29th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

In 1956, the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) asked individual countries to submit their best films of the year for the inaugural Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In previous years, the Foreign Language Oscar was not a regular award, and there were no nominees – a winner was simply announced at the Oscar ceremony.

Eight countries from Western Europe and East Asia submitted films for consideration for the first award, and five of these were selected as Oscar nominees.

The inaugural winner, Italy's La Strada, was announced at the Oscar ceremony, which took place on March 27, 1957.[1]


Submitting countryFilm title used in nominationOriginal titleLanguage(s)Director(s)Result
 DenmarkQivitoqQivitoqDanishErik BallingNominated
 FranceGervaiseGervaiseFrenchRené ClémentNominated
 West GermanyThe Captain of KöpenickDer Hauptmann von KöpenickGermanHelmut KäutnerNominated
 ItalyLa StradaLa stradaItalianFederico FelliniWon Academy Award
 JapanThe Burmese Harpビルマの竪琴 (Biruma no tategoto)JapaneseKon IchikawaNominated
 PhilippinesAnak dalitaAnak dalitaTagalogLamberto V. AvellanaNot Nominated
 SpainAfternoon of the BullsTarde de torosSpanishLadislao VajdaNot Nominated
 SwedenThe Staffan Stolle StoryRatataaSwedishHasse EkmanNot Nominated


  1. "The 29th Academy Awards (1957) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-24.


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