BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language

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BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language
Awarded for Excellence in world cinema
Location London
Country United Kingdom
Presented by British Academy of Film and Television Arts
First awarded 1983
Currently held by The Handmaiden (2017)

The BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language is given annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and presented at the British Academy Film Awards. The award was first given at the 36th British Academy Film Awards, recognising the films of 1982, and until 1990 was known as the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film. Prior to this, films recorded in a language other than English were often recognised in the category BAFTA Award for Best Film, known between 1949 and 1969 as Best Film from any Source.

In the following lists, the titles and names in bold with a dark grey background are the winners and recipients respectively; those not in bold are the nominees. The years given are those in which the films under consideration were released, not the year of the ceremony, which always takes place the following year.


Film Director(s) Producer(s) Country
Christ Stopped at Eboli Francesco Rosi Nicola Carraro
Franco Cristaldi


Das Boot Wolfgang Petersen Günter Rohrbach West GermanyWest Germany
Diva Jean-Jacques Beineix Irène Silberman
Serge Silberman
Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog Werner Herzog
Willi Segler
Lucki Stipetić

West GermanyWest Germany

Danton Andrzej Wajda Margaret Menegoz
Barbara Pec-Slesicka
FranceFrance PolandPoland

West GermanyWest Germany

Confidentially Yours François Truffaut Armand Barbault
François Truffaut
Fanny and Alexander Ingmar Bergman Jörn Donner SwedenSweden

FranceFrance West GermanyWest Germany

La Traviata Franco Zeffirelli Tarak Ben Ammar ItalyItaly
Carmen Carlos Saura Emiliano Piedra SpainSpain
The Return of Martin Guerre Daniel Vigne FranceFrance
Un amour de Swann Volker Schlöndorff Margaret Ménégoz FranceFrance

West GermanyWest Germany

Un dimanche à la campagne Bertrand Tavernier Alain Sarde FranceFrance
Oberst Redl István Szabó József Marx HungaryHungary

AustriaAustria West GermanyWest Germany

Carmen Francesco Rosi Patrice Ledoux ItalyItaly
Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart Wayne Wang Tom Sternberg United StatesUSA
Subway Luc Besson François Ruggieri FranceFrance
Ran Akira Kurosawa Serge Silberman JapanJapan


Betty Blue Jean-Jacques Beineix Jean-Jacques Beineix FranceFrance
Ginger and Fred Federico Fellini Alberto Grimaldi ItalyItaly

FranceFrance West GermanyWest Germany

Otello Franco Zeffirelli Menahem Golan ItalyItaly


The Sacrifice Andrei Tarkovsky Anna-Lena Wibom SwedenSweden

United KingdomUK FranceFrance

Jean de Florette Claude Berri Pierre Grunstein
Alain Poiré

SwitzerlandSwitzerland ItalyItaly

Manon des Sources Claude Berri Pierre Grunstein
Alain Poiré

SwitzerlandSwitzerland ItalyItaly

My Life as a Dog Lasse Hallström Waldemar Bergendahl SwedenSweden
Babette's Feast Gabriel Axel Just Betzer DenmarkDenmark
Au revoir, les enfants Louis Malle Louis Malle FranceFrance

West GermanyWest Germany

Dark Eyes Nikita Mikhalkov Carlo Cucchi ItalyItaly
Wings of Desire Wim Wenders Anatole Dauman West GermanyWest Germany


Life and Nothing But Bertrand Tavernier René Cleitman FranceFrance
Pelle the Conqueror Bille August Per Holst DenmarkDenmark


Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair Gabriel Auer
Mira Nair
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar SpainSpain


Film Director(s) Producer(s) Country
Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Franco Cristaldi ItalyItaly
Jesus of Montreal Denys Arcand Roger Frappier Pierre Gendron CanadaCanada


Milou en mai Louis Malle FranceFrance


Romuald et Juliette Coline Serreau Jean-Louis Piel Philippe Carcassonne FranceFrance
The Nasty Girl Michael Verhoeven Michael Senftleben West GermanyWest Germany
Cyrano de Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau René Cleitman Michel Seydoux FranceFrance
The Hairdresser's Husband Patrice Leconte Thierry de Ganay FranceFrance
Toto the Hero Jaco Van Dormael Pierre Drouot Dany Geys BelgiumBelgium

FranceFrance GermanyGermany

Raise the Red Lantern Zhang Yimou Chiu Fu-sheng ChinaChina

Hong KongHong Kong TaiwanTaiwan

Les Amants du Pont-Neuf Leos Carax Christian Fechner FranceFrance
Delicatessen Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Marc Caro
Claudie Ossard FranceFrance
Europa Europa Agnieszka Holland Artur Brauner Margaret Ménégoz GermanyGermany

FranceFrance PolandPoland

Farewell My Concubine Chen Kaige Feng Hsu ChinaChina

Hong KongHong Kong

Un cœur en hiver Claude Sautet Jean-Louis Livi Philippe Carcassonne FranceFrance
Like Water for Chocolate Alfonso Arau Alfonso Arau MexicoMexico
Indochine Régis Wargnier Eric Heumann FranceFrance
To Live Zhang Yimou Chiu Fu-sheng ChinaChina

Hong KongHong Kong

Three Colours: Red (Trois couleurs : Rouge) Krzysztof Kieślowski Marin Karmitz FranceFrance

PolandPoland SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Eat Drink Man Woman Ang Lee Hsu Li-kong TaiwanTaiwan

United StatesUSA

Il Postino: The Postman Michael Radford Mario Cecchi Gori
Vittorio Cecchi Gori Gaetano Daniele
Les Misérables Claude Lelouch Claude Lelouch FranceFrance
La Reine Margot Patrice Chéreau Pierre Grunstein FranceFrance

ItalyItaly GermanyGermany

Burnt by the Sun Nikita Mikhalkov Michel Seydoux RussiaRussia


Ridicule Patrice Leconte Frédéric Brillion Philippe Carcassonne Gilles Legrand FranceFrance
Antonia's Line Marleen Gorris Hans de Weers NetherlandsNetherlands
Kolya Jan Svěrák Eric Abraham Czech RepublicCzech Republic
Nelly and Monsieur Arnaud Claude Sautet Alain Sarde FranceFrance
L'Appartement Gilles Mimouni Georges Benayoun FranceFrance
Lucie Aubrac Claude Berri Pierre Grunstein FranceFrance
Ma vie en rose Alain Berliner Carole Scotta FranceFrance

BelgiumBelgium United KingdomUK

The Tango Lesson Sally Potter Christopher Sheppard
Oscar Kramer

United KingdomUK FranceFrance GermanyGermany NetherlandsNetherlands

Central Station Walter Salles Arthur Cohn Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre BrazilBrazil


Life Is Beautiful Roberto Benigni Elda Ferri
Gianluigi Braschi
Le Bossu Philippe de Broca Patrick Godeau FranceFrance

ItalyItaly GermanyGermany

Live Flesh Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar SpainSpain


All About My Mother Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar SpainSpain


Buena Vista Social Club Wim Wenders Rosa Bosch Ulrich Felsberg
Deepak Nayar


The Celebration Thomas Vinterberg Birgitte Hald
Morten Kaufmann


Run Lola Run Tom Tykwer Stefan Arndt GermanyGermany


Film Director(s) Producer(s) Country
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Ang Lee Hsu Li-kong
Bill Kong
Ang Lee

Hong KongHong Kong ChinaChina

Girl on the Bridge Patrice Leconte Christian Fechner FranceFrance
Harry, un ami qui vous veut du bien Dominik Moll Michel Saint-Jean FranceFrance
In the Mood for Love Wong Kar-wai Wong Kar-wai Hong KongHong Kong
Malèna Giuseppe Tornatore Harvey Weinstein
Carlo Bernasconi
Amores perros Alejandro González Iñárritu Alejandro González Iñárritu MexicoMexico
Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet Claudie Ossard FranceFrance


Behind the Sun Walter Salles Arthur Cohn BrazilBrazil

FranceFrance SwitzerlandSwitzerland

Monsoon Wedding Mira Nair Caroline Baron IndiaIndia

FranceFrance GermanyGermany ItalyItaly United StatesUSA

The Piano Teacher Michael Haneke Veit Heiduschka FranceFrance

AustriaAustria GermanyGermany

Talk to Her Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar SpainSpain
City of God Fernando Meirelles
Kátia Lund
Andrea Barata Ribeiro
Mauricio Andrade Ramos
Devdas Sanjay Leela Bhansali Bharat Shah IndiaIndia
The Warrior Asif Kapadia Bertrand Faivre United KingdomUK

FranceFrance GermanyGermany IndiaIndia

Y Tu Mamá También Alfonso Cuarón Jorge Vergara MexicoMexico
In This World Michael Winterbottom Andrew Eaton
Anita Overland
United KingdomUK
The Barbarian Invasions (Les invasions barbares) Denys Arcand Denise Robert Daniel Louis CanadaCanada
Good Bye, Lenin! Wolfgang Becker Stefan Arndt GermanyGermany
Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki Toshio Suzuki JapanJapan
To Be and to Have Nicolas Philibert Gilles Sandoz FranceFrance
The Triplets of Belleville Sylvain Chomet Didier Brunner FranceFrance

BelgiumBelgium CanadaCanada

The Motorcycle Diaries Walter Salles Michael Nozik
Edgard Tenenbaum
Karen Tenkhoff

ArgentinaArgentina PeruPeru ChileChile United KingdomUK United StatesUSA FranceFrance GermanyGermany

Bad Education Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar SpainSpain
The Chorus Christophe Barratier Arthur Cohn Nicolas Mauvernay Jacques Perrin FranceFrance

SwitzerlandSwitzerland GermanyGermany

House of Flying Daggers Zhang Yimou William Kong ChinaChina

Hong KongHong Kong

A Very Long Engagement Jean-Pierre Jeunet Francis Boespflug FranceFrance
The Beat That My Heart Skipped Jacques Audiard Pascal Caucheteux FranceFrance
Joyeux Noël Christian Carion Christophe Rossignon FranceFrance

GermanyGermany BelgiumBelgium United KingdomUK RomaniaRomania

Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow Po Chu Chui Jeffrey Lau ChinaChina

Hong KongHong Kong

Le Grand Voyage Ismaël Ferrouhki Humbert Balsan FranceFrance


Tsotsi Gavin Hood Peter Fudakowski South AfricaSouth Africa

United KingdomUK

Pan's Labyrinth (El laberinto del fauno) Guillermo del Toro Alfonso Cuarón
Bertha Navarro
Frida Torresblanco


Apocalypto Mel Gibson Bruce Davey United StatesUSA
Black Book Paul Verhoeven Teun Hilte, San Fu Maltha
Jens Meurer

BelgiumBelgium United KingdomUK GermanyGermany

Rang De Basanti Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra Ronnie Screwvala IndiaIndia
Volver Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar SpainSpain
The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck Quirin Berg, Max Wiedemann GermanyGermany
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel Kathleen Kennedy, Jon Kilik FranceFrance

United StatesUSA

The Kite Runner Marc Forster William Horberg, Walter Parkes, Rebecca Yeldham, E. Bennett Walsh, Laurie Macdonald United StatesUSA
La Vie en Rose Olivier Dahan Alain Goldman FranceFrance

United KingdomUK Czech RepublicCzech Republic

Lust, Caution Ang Lee Ang Lee
William Kong
James Schamus
United StatesUSA

ChinaChina TaiwanTaiwan

I've Loved You So Long Philippe Claudel Sylvestre Guarino, Yves Marmion FranceFrance
The Baader Meinhof Complex Uli Edel Bernd Eichinger GermanyGermany
Gomorrah Matteo Garrone Domenico Procacci ItalyItaly
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi, Vincent Paronnaud Xavier Rigault, Marc-Antoine Robert FranceFrance


Waltz with Bashir Ari Folman Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli, Roman Paul IsraelIsrael

GermanyGermany FranceFrance

A Prophet Jacques Audiard Pascal Caucheteux, Marco Cherqui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard FranceFrance


Broken Embraces Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar
Pedro Almodóvar
Coco Before Chanel Anne Fontaine Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo, Philippe Carcassonne, Anne Fontaine FranceFrance
Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson Carl Molinder, John Nordling, Tomas Alfredson SwedenSweden
The White Ribbon Michael Haneke Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka, Margaret Menegoz, Michael Haneke GermanyGermany


Film Director(s) Producer(s) Country
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Niels Arden Oplev Niels Arden Oplev, Søren Stærmose SwedenSweden
I Am Love Luca Guadagnino Luca Guadagnino
Tilda Swinton
Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, Fernando Bovaira, Sandra Hermida, Jon Kilik, Ann Ruark MexicoMexico
Of Gods and Men Xavier Beauvois Xavier Beauvois, Pascal Caucheteux, Etienne Comar FranceFrance
The Secret in Their Eyes Juan José Campanella Juan José Campanella, Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievski, Vanessa Ragone, Axel Kuschevatzky ArgentinaArgentina


The Skin I Live In
(La piel que habito)
Pedro Almodóvar Agustín Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar SpainSpain
Incendies Denis Villeneuve Luc Déry, Kim McCraw, Denis Villeneuve CanadaCanada
Pina Wim Wenders Gian-Piero Ringel, Wim Wenders GermanyGermany
Potiche François Ozon Eric Altmeyer, Nicolas Altmeyer, François Ozon FranceFrance
A Separation
(Jodaeiye Nader az Simin)
Asghar Farhadi Asghar Farhadi IranIran
Amour Michael Haneke Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz AustriaAustria
Headhunters Morten Tyldum Morten Tyldum, Marianne Gray, Asle Vatn NorwayNorway
The Hunt Thomas Vinterberg Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen, Morten Kaufmann DenmarkDenmark
Rust and Bone Jacques Audiard Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux BelgiumBelgium


Untouchable Olivier Nakache & Éric Toledano Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou, Laurent Zeitoun FranceFrance
The Great Beauty Paolo Sorrentino Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima ItalyItaly


The Act of Killing Joshua Oppenheimer Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen NorwayNorway

DenmarkDenmark United KingdomUK

Blue Is the Warmest Colour Abdellatif Kechiche Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval FranceFrance
Metro Manila Sean Ellis Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier United KingdomUK
Wadjda Haifaa Al-Mansour Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul Saudi ArabiaSaubi Arabia


Ida Pawel Pawlikowski Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska PolandPoland
Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov RussiaRussia
The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga IndiaIndia
Trash Stephen Daldry Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier BrazilBrazil

United KingdomUK

Two Days, One Night Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd BelgiumBelgium

FranceFrance ItalyItaly

Wild Tales Damián Szifron Damián Szifron ArgentinaArgentina


The Assassin Hou Hsiao-hsien Hou Hsiao-hsien TaiwanTaiwan

ChinaChina Hong KongHong Kong

Force Majeure Ruben Östlund Ruben Östlund SwedenSweden
Theeb Naji Abu Nowar Naji Abu Nowar JordanJordan

United KingdomUK

Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako Abderrahmane Sissako FranceFrance


Son of Saul László Nemes László Nemes, Gábor Sipos HungaryHungary
Dheepan Jacques Audiard Jacques Audiard, Pascal Caucheteux FranceFrance
Julieta Pedro Almodóvar Pedro Almodóvar SpainSpain
Mustang Deniz Gamze Ergüven Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Charles Gillibert FranceFrance

TurkeyTurkey GermanyGermany

Toni Erdmann Maren Ade Maren Ade, Janine Jackowski GermanyGermany


The Handmaiden Park Chan-wook Park Chan-wook, Syd Lim South KoreaSouth Korea
Elle Paul Verhoeven Saïd Ben Saïd, Michel Merkt FranceFrance
First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie, Rithy Panh, Ted Sarandos, Michael Vieira CambodiaCambodia
Loveless Andrey Zvyagintsev Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov, Gleb Fetisov


The Salesman Asghar Farhadi Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Asghar Farhadi IranIran


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