List of submissions to the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

This is a list of submissions to the 82nd 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]

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions is September 30, 2009. The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009.[2] For more details on the Academy's submission and nomination process for Best Foreign Language Film, see Rule Fourteen: Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award.

The Academy has received 67 official Oscar submissions, tying the record set in 2008. The submissions from Algeria and Mongolia were disqualified from competing.

A shortlist of nine semi-finalists was announced January 20, 2010.[3] The official nominees were announced on February 2, 2010.[4] The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Argentina's The Secret in Their Eyes.[5]


Submitting countryFilm title used in nominationOriginal titleLanguage(s)Director(s)Result [6]
 Albania Alive! Gjallë Albanian Artan Minarolli Not Nominated
 Algeria London River[7] London River French, English Rachid Bouchareb Disqualified
 Argentina The Secret in Their Eyes El secreto de sus ojos Spanish Juan José Campanella Won Academy Award
 Armenia Autumn of the Magician Հրաշագործի աշունը Armenian Ruben Gevorkyants & Vahe Gevorkyants Not Nominated
 Australia Samson & Delilah Samson and Delilah Walpiri, English Warwick Thornton Made January Shortlist
 Austria For a Moment, Freedom Ein Augenblick Freiheit English, Persian, Turkish Arash T. Riahi Not Nominated
 Bangladesh Beyond the Circle Britter Bairey Bengali Golam Rabbani Biplob Not Nominated
 Belgium The Misfortunates De helaasheid der dingen Dutch Felix van Groeningen Not Nominated
 Bolivia Southern Zone Zona Sur Spanish, Aymara Juan Carlos Valdivia Not Nominated
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Night Guards Čuvari noći Serbo-Croatian Namik Kabil Not Nominated
 Brazil Time of Fear Salve Geral Portuguese Sergio Rezende Not Nominated
 Bulgaria The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner Светът е голям и спасение дебне отвсякъде Bulgarian Stephan Komandarev Made January Shortlist
 Canada I Killed My Mother J'ai tué ma mère French Xavier Dolan Not Nominated
 Chile Dawson, Island 10 Dawson, Isla 10 Spanish Miguel Littin Not Nominated
 China Forever Enthralled 梅兰芳 Mandarin Chinese Chen Kaige Not Nominated
 Colombia The Wind Journeys Los viajes del viento Spanish Ciro Guerra Not Nominated
 Croatia Donkey Kenjac Croatian Antonio Nuić Not Nominated
 Cuba Fallen Gods Los Dioses Rotos Spanish Ernesto Daranas Not Nominated
 Czech Republic Protector Protektor Czech Marek Najbrt Not Nominated
 Denmark Terribly Happy Frygtelig lykkelig Danish Henrik Ruben Genz Not Nominated
 Estonia December Heat Detsembrikuumus Estonian Asko Kase Not Nominated
 Finland Letters to Father Jacob Postia pappi Jaakobille Finnish Klaus Härö Not Nominated
 France A Prophet Un prophète French Jacques Audiard Nominated
 Georgia The Other Bank გაღმა ნაპირი Georgian, Abkhaz, Russian Giorgi Ovashvili Not Nominated
 Germany The White Ribbon Das weiße Band German Michael Haneke Nominated
 Greece Slaves in their Bonds Οι Σκλάβοι στα Δεσμά τους Greek Adonis Lykouresis Not Nominated
 Hong Kong Prince of Tears 淚王子 Mandarin Yonfan Not Nominated
 Hungary Chameleon Kaméleon Hungarian Krisztina Goda Not Nominated
 Iceland Reykjavík-Rotterdam Reykjavik-Rotterdam Icelandic Oskar Jonasson Not Nominated
 India Harishchandrachi Factory हरिश्चंद्राची फॅक्टरी Marathi Paresh Mokashi Not Nominated
 Indonesia Jamila and the President Jamila dan Sang Presiden Indonesian Ratna Sarumpaet Not Nominated
 Iran About Elly درباره الی Persian Asghar Farhadi Not Nominated
 Israel Ajami عجمي
Israeli Arabic, Hebrew Yaron Shani & Scandar Copti Nominated
 Italy Baarìa Baarìa Sicilian Giuseppe Tornatore Not Nominated
 Japan Nobody to Watch Over Me 誰も守ってくれない Japanese Ryoichi Kimizuka Not Nominated
 Kazakhstan Kelin Келін No dialogue Ermek Tursunov Made January Shortlist
 Lithuania Vortex Duburys Lithuanian, Russian Gytis Luksas Not Nominated
 Luxembourg Réfractaire Réfractaire French Nicolas Steil Not Nominated
 North Macedonia Wingless Созерцание Czech Ivo Trajkov Not Nominated
 Mexico Backyard El Traspatio Spanish Carlos Carrera Not Nominated
 Mongolia By the Will of Genghis Khan [8] Тайна Чингис Хаана Yakut, Russian, others Andrei Borissov Disqualified
 Morocco Casanegra Casanegra Arabic Nour-Eddine Lakhmari Not Nominated
 Netherlands Winter in Wartime Oorlogswinter Dutch, German,
Martin Koolhoven Made January Shortlist
 Norway Max Manus Max Manus Norwegian, German Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg Not Nominated
 Peru The Milk of Sorrow La teta asustada Spanish, Quechua Claudia Llosa Nominated
 Philippines Grandpa Is Dead Ded na si Lolo Filipino Soxie Topacio Not Nominated
 Poland Reverse Rewers Polish Borys Lankosz Not Nominated
 Portugal Doomed Love Um Amor de Perdição Portuguese Mário Barroso Not Nominated
 Puerto Rico Kabo and Platon Kabo Y Platon Spanish Edmundo H. Rodríguez Not Nominated
 Romania Police, Adjective Politist, adj. Romanian Corneliu Porumboiu Not Nominated
 Russia Ward No. 6 Палата №6 Russian Aleksandr Gornovsky & Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
 Serbia St. George Shoots the Dragon Свети Георгије убива аждаху Serbian Srdjan Dragojevic Not Nominated
 Slovakia Broken Promise Nedodržaný sľub Slovak Jirí Chlumský Not Nominated
 Slovenia Landscape No. 2 Pokrajina Št. 2 Slovene Vinko Moderndorfer Not Nominated
 South Africa White Wedding White Wedding Afrikaans, Xhosa,
Zulu, English
Jann Turner Not Nominated
 South Korea Mother 마더 Korean Bong Joon-ho Not Nominated
 Spain The Dancer and the Thief El baile de la victoria Spanish Fernando Trueba Not Nominated
 Sri Lanka The Road from Elephant Pass Alimankada Sita Sinhala Chandran Rutnam Not Nominated
 Sweden Involuntary De ofrivilliga Swedish Ruben Östlund Not Nominated
  Switzerland Home Home French Ursula Meier Not Nominated
 Taiwan No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti 不能沒有你 Hakka, Taiwanese, Mandarin Leon Dai Not Nominated
 Thailand Best of Times ความจำสั้น..แต่รักฉันยาว Thai Youngyooth Thongkonthun Not Nominated
 Turkey I Saw the Sun Güneşi gördüm Turkish Mahsun Kırmızıgül Not Nominated
 United Kingdom Afghan Star Afghan Star Dari, Pashto, English Havana Marking Not Nominated
 Uruguay Bad Day for Fishing Mal día para pescar Spanish Álvaro Brechner Not Nominated
 Venezuela Libertador Morales, El Justiciero Libertador Morales, El Justiciero Spanish Efterpi Charalambidis Not Nominated
 Vietnam Don't Burn It Đừng đốt Vietnamese Đặng Nhật Minh Not Nominated

Other countries

Controversies and changes

The Netherlands chose The Silent Army as their official submission on September 2, but the decision was appealed since many Dutch producers feared that it would be declined for having too much English-language dialogue.[9][10] The Dutch Oscar committee reconvened the Oscar committee on September 21 to determine whether The Silent Army or a different film should represent the Netherlands. The committee came to the conclusion that the film met official Oscar requirements and has less than 50% English dialogue, and that the film would remain as the official Dutch Oscar submission.[11] However, AMPAS concluded that The Silent Army was in fact ineligible because the version submitted to the Oscars was not the same as the version that played in Dutch cinemas. Winter in Wartime was selected to be the Dutch entry.[12]

Serbia's Oscar selection committee originally voted to submit Here and There, which is set in Belgrade and New York City and features a mixed American and Serbian cast. After consulting with the Academy, Serbia changed its submission since the film appears to contain more than 50% English dialogue.[13]

Sri Lanka originally announced that they would send Flowers of the Sky [14] but The Road from Elephant Pass was eventually announced to be Sri Lanka's final submission.[15]

See also


  1. "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-06-23.
  2. "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Rule Fourteen: Special Rules for the Makeup and Hairstyling Award. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2008-08-23.
  3. "9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. January 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-20.
  4. "List of Academy Awards Nominations". Archived from the original on 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  5. "Argentina's 'The Secret in Their Eyes' a thriller and thrilling win for Juan Jose Campanella". Los Angeles Times. 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-03-08.
  6. "9 Foreign Language Films Advance in Oscar Race | Press Release | The Academy". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2009-10-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) /
  9. Cooper, Sarah (2009-09-02). "The Silent Army selected as Dutch Oscar submission | News | Screen". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  10. Mundell, Ian (2009-09-03). "Dutch to reconsider Oscar choice". Variety.
  11. "NOS Nieuws - Silent Army blijft Nederlandse Oscarinzending". 2009-09-21. Archived from the original on 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  12. "Geen Wit Licht, maar Oorlogswinter naar Oscars | | Het laatste nieuws het eerst op". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  13. Petkovic, Vladan (2009-09-23). "Serbia sends Saint George to do battle at the Oscars | News | Screen". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  14. 18 September 2009 (2009-09-18). "Academy Awards: foreign language entries | Calendar | Screen". Retrieved 2010-08-20.
  15. Retrieved October 14, 2009. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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