List of submissions to the 79th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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Director Guillermo del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Mexico's official submission to the 79th Academy Awards, was nominated for the Academy Award 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]

For the 79th Academy Awards, which were held on February 25, 2007, the Academy invited 83 countries to submit films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, including Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan, which were invited to submit a film for the first time in the history of the Academy.[3][4] Sixty-three countries submitted films to the Academy and sixty-one of those films were accepted for review by the Academy, a record number for the time.[5] The submissions of Finland and Luxembourg were rejected before the formal review process.[6][7]

Two rule changes were made for the 79th Academy Awards in regard to the Best Foreign Language Film process.[8] The first was instituting a two-step process in choosing the nominees for the award in order to allow New York-based members of the Academy to participate.[9] An initial committee would select nine films to form a shortlist in January that would then be reviewed by a committee composed of ten members of the initial committee, ten Los Angeles-based members, and ten New York-based members that would select the final five nominees.[10] The second change was the removal of a rule requiring that the films be in an official language of the submitting country.[11] This was done in response to the rejection of Italy's and Austria's submissions for the 78th Academy Awards, Private and Caché respectively, because they were not filmed in the official language of their respective countries.[10][12] This allowed for the acceptance of submissions such as Canada's Water, which contained solely Hindi dialogue.[12] Following the revealing of the shortlist, the Academy released a list of the five nominees on January 23, 2007.[13] The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Germany's The Lives of Others, which was directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.[14]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Algeria Days of Glory Indigènes Arabic Bouchareb, RachidRachid Bouchareb Nominated
 Argentina Family Law Derecho de familia Spanish Burman, DanielDaniel Burman Not Nominated
 Australia Ten Canoes Ten Canoes Indigenous Australian languages, English de Heer, RolfRolf de Heer Not Nominated
 Austria You Bet Your Life Spiele Leben German Svoboda, AntoninAntonin Svoboda Not Nominated
 Bangladesh Forever Flows Nirontor Bengali Sayeed, AbuAbu Sayeed Not Nominated
 Belgium Someone Else's Happiness Een ander zijn geluk Dutch Troch, FienFien Troch Not Nominated
 Bolivia American Visa American Visa Spanish Valdivia, Juan CarlosJuan Carlos Valdivia Not Nominated
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Grbavica: Land of My Dreams Grbavica Bosnian Žbanić, JasmilaJasmila Žbanić Not Nominated
 Brazil Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus German, Portuguese Gomes, MarceloMarcelo Gomes Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Monkeys in Winter Maimuni prez zimata Bulgarian Andonova, MilenaMilena Andonova Not Nominated
 Canada Water Water Hindi Mehta, DeepaDeepa Mehta Nominated
 Chile In Bed En la cama Spanish Bize, MatíasMatías Bize Not Nominated
 China Curse of the Golden Flower Mǎnchéng Jìndài Huángjīnjiǎ (满城尽带黄金甲) Mandarin Yimou, ZhangZhang Yimou Not Nominated
 Colombia A Ton of Luck Soñar no cuesta nada Spanish Triana, RodrigoRodrigo Triana Not Nominated
 Croatia Libertas Libertas Italian, Serbo-Croatian Bulajić, VeljkoVeljko Bulajić Not Nominated
 Cuba El Benny El Benny Spanish Sánchez, Jorge LuisJorge Luis Sánchez Not Nominated
 Czech Republic Lunacy Šílení Czech SvankmajerJan Švankmajer Not Nominated
 Denmark After the Wedding Efter brylluppet Danish, Hindi, Swedish Bier, SusanneSusanne Bier Nominated
 Egypt The Yacoubian Building Omaret Yakobean (عمارة يعقوبيان) Arabic Hamed, MarwanMarwan Hamed Not Nominated
 Finland Lights in the Dusk Laitakaupungin valot Finnish, Russian Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Withdrawn[A]
 France Avenue Montaigne Fauteuils d'orchestre French Thompson, DanièleDanièle Thompson Made January Shortlist
 Germany The Lives of Others Das Leben der Anderen German von Donnersmarck, Florian HenckelFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarck Won Academy Award
 Greece Chariton's Choir I horodia tou haritona Greek Karantinakis, GrigorisGrigoris Karantinakis Not Nominated
 Hong Kong The Banquet Yè Yàn (夜宴) Mandarin Feng, XiaogangXiaogang Feng Not Nominated
 Hungary White Palms Fehér Tenyér Hungarian, Russian Hajdu, SzabolcsSzabolcs Hajdu Not Nominated
 Iceland Children Börn Icelandic Bragason, RagnarRagnar Bragason Not Nominated
 India Rang De Basanti Rang De Basanti (रंग दे बसंती) Hindi Mehra, Rakeysh OmprakashRakeysh Omprakash Mehra Not Nominated
 Indonesia Love for Share Berbagi suami Indonesian di Nata, NiaNia di Nata Not Nominated
 Iran Transit Café Café Transit Greek, Persian, Turkish Partovi, KambuziaKambuzia Partovi Not Nominated
 Iraq Dreams Ahlaam (أحلام) Arabic Al-Daradji, MohamedMohamed Al-Daradji Not Nominated
 Israel Sweet Mud Adama Meshuga'at (אדמה משוגעת) French, Hebrew Shaul, DrorDror Shaul Not Nominated
 Italy The Golden Door Nuovomondo Italian Crialese, EmanueleEmanuele Crialese Not Nominated
 Japan Hula Girls Hura Gāru (フラガール) Japanese Sang-il, LeeLee Sang-il Not Nominated
 Kazakhstan Nomad Kôshpendiler (Көшпенділер) Kazakh Bodrov, SergeiSergei Bodrov, Talgat Temenov, Ivan Passer Not Nominated
 Kyrgyzstan The Wedding Chest Sunduk predkov French, Kyrgyz Egen, NurbekNurbek Egen Not Nominated
 Lebanon Bosta Bosta (بوسطة) Arabic Aractingi, PhilippePhilippe Aractingi Not Nominated
 Lithuania Before Flying Back to the Earth Prieš parskrendant į žemę Lithuanian, Russian Matelis, ArūnasArūnas Matelis Not Nominated
 Luxembourg Your Name is Justine Masz na imie Justine German, Polish de Peña, FrancoFranco de Peña Disqualified[B]
 Macedonia Kontakt Kontakt German, Macedonian Stanojkovski, SergejSergej Stanojkovski Not Nominated
 Mexico Pan's Labyrinth El laberinto del fauno Spanish del Toro, GuillermoGuillermo del Toro Nominated
 Morocco The Moroccan Symphony La symphonie marocaine Arabic Kamal, KamalKamal Kamal Not Nominated
   Nepal Basain Basain Nepali Gajurel, SubashSubash Gajurel Not Nominated
 Netherlands Black Book Zwartboek Dutch, Hebrew, German Verhoeven, PaulPaul Verhoeven Made January Shortlist
 Norway Reprise Reprise Norwegian Trier, JoachimJoachim Trier Not Nominated
 Peru Madeinusa Madeinusa Spanish Llosa, ClaudiaClaudia Llosa Not Nominated
 Philippines The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros Filipino, Tagalog Solito, AuraeusAuraeus Solito Not Nominated
 Poland Retrieval Z odzysku Polish, Russian Fabicki, SlawomirSlawomir Fabicki Not Nominated
 Portugal Alice Alice Portuguese Martins, MarcoMarco Martins Not Nominated
 Puerto Rico Thieves and Liars Ladrones y mentirosos Spanish Matta, Ricardo MéndezRicardo Méndez Matta Not Nominated
 Romania The Way I Spent the End of the World Cum mi-am petrecut sfârșitul lumii Romanian Mitulescu, CatalinCatalin Mitulescu Not Nominated
 Russia 9th Company 9 rota (9 рота) Russian Bondarchuk, FyodorFyodor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
 Serbia Tomorrow Morning Sutra ujutro Serbo-Croatian Novkovic, OlegOleg Novkovic Not Nominated
 Slovenia Gravehopping Odgrobadogroba Slovene Cvitkovič, JanJan Cvitkovič Not Nominated
 South Korea King and the Clown Wang-ui namja (왕의 남자) Korean Jun-ik, LeeLee Jun-ik Not Nominated
 Spain Volver Volver Spanish Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar Made January Shortlist
 Sweden Falkenberg Farewell Farväl Falkenberg Swedish Ganslandt, JesperJesper Ganslandt Not Nominated
  Switzerland Vitus Vitus Swiss German Murer, FrediFredi Murer Made January Shortlist
 Taiwan Blue Cha Cha Shen hai (深海) Mandarin, Taiwanese Wen-Tang, ChenChen Wen-Tang Not Nominated
 Thailand Ahimsa: Stop to Run Ahingsa-Jikko mee gam (อหิงสา จิ๊กโก๋ มีกรรม) Thai Liasirikun, KittikornKittikorn Liasirikun Not Nominated
 Turkey Ice Cream, I Scream Dondurmam Gaymak Turkish Aksu, YükselYüksel Aksu Not Nominated
 Ukraine Aurora Avrora (Аврора) Russian, Ukrainian Bayrak, OxanaOxana Bayrak Not Nominated
 Venezuela Maroa Maroa Spanish Hoogesteijn, SolveigSolveig Hoogesteijn Not Nominated
 Vietnam Story of Pao Chuyen cua Pao Vietnamese Ngo, Quang HaiQuang Hai Ngo Not Nominated

See also


  • A Rejected before the formal review process because director Aki Kaurismäki withdrew the film from consideration.[6]
  • B Rejected before the formal review process because the Academy determined that not enough creative input was received from within Luxembourg for the film to meet the Academy's requirements.[7]


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  2. ^ a b "Special Rules for the Best Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-03-14. Retrieved 2008-06-20. 
  3. ^ "83 Countries Invited to Submit Foreign Language Films for 2006 Oscar". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-04-26. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  4. ^ "83 countries compete for foreign language Oscar". The Guardian. 2006-07-12. Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  5. ^ Sneider, Jeff (2006-10-19). "Oscar race counts 61 countries". Variety. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  6. ^ a b Selkokari, Antti (2006-10-18). "Kaurismaki turns off 'Lights' on Oscar bid". Variety. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  7. ^ a b Goodfellow, Melanie (2006-11-08). "Lux out of 'Name' game". Variety. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  8. ^ "79th Oscar Rules Approved by Academy". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2006-06-30. Archived from the original on 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Rules Change for Foreign-Language Oscar". Fox News. 2006-07-02. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  10. ^ a b "Rules Change for Foreign-Language Oscar". San Francisco Chronicle. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2008-06-21. [dead link]
  11. ^ Welkos, Robert (2006-07-03). "Foreign film rules altered". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  12. ^ a b Pais, Arthur (2006-09-22). "Water is Canada's Oscar entry". Retrieved 2008-06-21. 
  13. ^ "Nominations Announcement – The 79th Annual Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 2007-01-23. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  14. ^ Paris, Barry (2007-03-01). "'The Lives of Others'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 

External links

  • Official website for the 79th Academy Awards
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