List of Finnish submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Finland has submitted twenty-seven films for consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category to the Oscars. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film 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.[1]

The Finnish Academy Awards submission is selected by an expert jury chosen by the Finnish Film Foundation.[2]

All 28 films listed below were accepted by AMPAS, although two films- Drifting Clouds and Lights in the Dusk- were withdrawn by director Aki Kaurismäki after the films were sent to Hollywood in both 1996 and 2006.[3] As of 2009, only one Finnish film has been nominated for the Foreign Film Oscar- their 2002 submission The Man Without a Past was nominated for an Oscar on January 2003. Ironically, Past was also directed by Kaurismäki, but was not withdrawn.

Because of Kaurismaki's withdrawals, Klaus Härö has represented Finland more than any other Finnish director - four times.


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.[4] 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.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Finland for review by the Academy for the award by the year of the submission and the respective Academy Award ceremony.

All films were in Finnish except for their 2000 submission Seven Songs from the Tundra which was in Nenets and 2011 submission Le Havre which was in French. Their 2003 & 2005 submissions were half in Swedish (also an official language of Finland), and their 1973 submission was in a Finnish dialect native to the Northern part of the country. The 2015 submission was in Estonian.

Film title used in nomination Title in the original language Director Result
The Earth Is a Sinful Song Maa on syntinen laulu Mollberg, RauniRauni Mollberg Not Nominated
Tulipää Tulipää Pirjo Honkasalo &
Pekka Lehto
Not Nominated
Sign of the Beast Pedon merkki Pakkasvirta, JaakkoJaakko Pakkasvirta Not Nominated
Pessi and Illusia Pessi ja Illusia Partanen, HeikkiHeikki Partanen Not Nominated
The Unknown Soldier Tuntematon sotilas Mollberg, RauniRauni Mollberg Not Nominated
The Snow Queen Lumikuningatar Hartzell, PäiviPäivi Hartzell Not Nominated
The Winter War Talvisota Parikka, PekkaPekka Parikka Not Nominated
Ripa Hits the Skids Ripa ruostuu Lindblad, ChristianChristian Lindblad Not Nominated
The Last Wedding Kivenpyörittäjän kylä Pölönen, MarkkuMarkku Pölönen Not Nominated
Drifting Clouds Kauas pilvet karkaavat Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Disqualified[5]
The Collector Neitoperho Mantila, AuliAuli Mantila Not Nominated
A Summer by the River Kuningasjätkä Pölönen, MarkkuMarkku Pölönen Not Nominated
The Tough Ones Häjyt Mäkelä, AleksiAleksi Mäkelä Not Nominated
Seven Songs from the Tundra Seitsemän laulua tundralta Anastasia Lapsui &
Markku Lehmuskallio
Not Nominated
The River Joki Lampela, JarmoJarmo Lampela Not Nominated
The Man Without a Past Mies vailla menneisyyttä Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Nominated
Elina: As If I Wasn't There Elina - Som om jag inte fanns Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Not Nominated
Producing Adults Lapsia ja aikuisia - Kuinka niitä tehdään? Salmenperä, AleksiAleksi Salmenperä Not Nominated
Mother of Mine Äideistä parhain Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Not Nominated
Lights in the Dusk Laitakaupungin valot Kaurismäki, AkiAki Kaurismäki Withdrawn[6]
A Man's Job Miehen työ Salmenperä, AleksiAleksi Salmenperä Not Nominated
The Home of Dark Butterflies Tummien perhosten koti Karukoski, DomeDome Karukoski Not Nominated
Letters to Father Jacob Postia pappi Jaakobille Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Not Nominated
Steam of Life[7] Miesten vuoro Berghäll, JoonasJoonas Berghäll Not Nominated[8]
Le Havre[9] Le Havre Kaurismaki, AkiAki Kaurismaki Not Nominated
Purge[10] Puhdistus Jokinen, AnttiAntti Jokinen Not Nominated
Disciple[11] Lärjungen Bengts, UlrikaUlrika Bengts Not Nominated
Concrete Night[12] Betoniyö Honkasalo, PirjoPirjo Honkasalo Not Nominated
The Fencer[13] Miekkailija Härö, KlausKlaus Härö Made December Shortlist[14]

See also


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  4. "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2008.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Withdrawn by the director prior to its official screening
  6. Withdrawn by the director prior to its official screening. Source:
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  10. Holdsworth, Nick (19 September 2012). "Finland picks 'Purge' for Oscar contest". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 19 September 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Finland Selects 'Disciple' as Oscar Candidate". Variety. Retrieved 2 September 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. "Oscars: Balkans and Baltics Choose Submissions for Best Foreign-Language Film Race". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 September 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Holdsworth, Nick (1 September 2015). "Oscars: Finland Selects 'The Fencer' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 1 September 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "9 Foreign Language Films Advance In Oscar Race". Oscars. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 18 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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