List of submissions to the 55th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

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The following 25 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 55th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from France, Nicaragua, Sweden, the USSR and the eventual winner, Begin the Beguine, from Spain.[1]

Nicaragua submitted a film for the first time. Switzerland was allowed to submit Yol, a film in Turkish by a pair of Turkish directors. The film had been banned for political content at home, and was smuggled into Switzerland and edited in Paris.[2]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Algeria Sandstorm French Vent de sable Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not Nominated
 Argentina Last Days of the Victim Spanish Últimos días de la víctima Adolfo Aristarain Not Nominated
 Belgium Minuet Dutch Menuet Lili Rademakers Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Khan Asparoukh Bulgarian Хан Аспарух Ludmil Staikov Not Nominated
 Canada Wild Flowers French Les fleurs sauvages Jean Pierre Lefebvre Not Nominated
 Czechoslovakia The Assistant Slovak Pomocnik Zoro Zahon Not Nominated
 Denmark Tree of Knowledge Danish Kundskabens træ Nils Malmros Not Nominated
 France Clean Slate French Coup de Torchon Bertrand Tavernier Nominated
 West Germany Fitzcarraldo German Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog Not Nominated
 Greece Angel Greek Ангел Giorgos Katakouzinos Not Nominated
 Hungary Time Stands Still Hungarian Megáll az idö Péter Gothár Not Nominated
 Iceland Inter Nos Icelandic Okkar á milli: Í hita og þunga dagsins Hrafn Gunnlaugsson Not Nominated
 Israel Hamsin Hebrew, Arabic חמסין Daniel Wachsmann Not Nominated
 Italy The Night of the Shooting Stars Italian La Notte di San Lorenzo Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani Not Nominated
 Japan Onimasa Japanese 鬼龍院花子の生涯 Hideo Gosha Not Nominated
 Netherlands The Cool Lakes of Death Dutch Van de koele meren des doods Nouchka van Brakel Not Nominated
 Nicaragua Alsino and the Condor Spanish Alsino y el cóndor Miguel Littín Nominated
 Norway Victoria L Norwegian Leve sitt liv Petter Vennerød and Svend Wam Not Nominated
 Portugal Francisca Portuguese Francisca Manoel de Oliveira Not Nominated
 Spain Begin the Beguine Spanish Volver a empezar José Luis Garci Won Academy Award
 Sweden The Flight of the Eagle Swedish Ingenjör Andrées luftfärd Jan Troell Nominated
  Switzerland Yol Turkish Yol Şerif Gören and Yılmaz Güney Not Nominated
 Taiwan The Battle for the Republic of China Chinese 辛亥双十 Ding Shan Xi Not Nominated
 Soviet Union Private Life Russian Частная жизнь Yuli Raizman Nominated
 Yugoslavia The Smell of Quinces Bosnian Miris dunja Mirza Idrizović Not Nominated


  1. "The 55th Academy Awards (1983) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 13 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Yol - TIFF Cinematheque". Retrieved 15 January 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>