51 foreign films vie for Oscar®

Nov 19, 2001 by Ian Evans

Fifty-one countries have submitted films to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Academy Award® consideration as Best Foreign Language Film of 2001, Academy President Frank Pierson announced today. It is the largest number of films ever entered in the competition, besting last year’s record by five films. Films from Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania and Uruguay qualified this year for the first time.

This year’s submissions are:

  • Albania, Slogans, Gjergj Xhuvani, director
  • Algeria, Inch’Allah Dimanche, Yamina Benguigui, director
  • Argentina, Son of the Bride, Juan José Campanella, director
  • Armenia, Symphony of Silence, Vigen Chaldranian, director
  • Australia, La Spagnola, Steve Jacobs, director
  • Austria, The Piano Teacher, Michael Haneke, director
  • Belgium, Pauline & Paulette, Lieven Debrauwer, director
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina, No Man’s Land, Danis Tanovic, director
  • Brazil, Behind the Sun, Walter Salles, director
  • Bulgaria, Fate as a Rat, Ivan Pavlov, director
  • Canada, Atanarjuat, Zacharias Kunuk, director
  • Chile, A Cab for Three, Orlando Lubbert, director
  • Colombia, Our Lady of the Assassins, Barbet Schroeder, director
  • Croatia, Queen of the Night, Branko Schmidt, director
  • Czech Republic, Dark Blue World, Jan Sverak, director
  • Denmark, Italian for Beginners, Lone Scherfig, director
  • Estonia, The Heart of the Bear, Arvo Iho, director
  • Finland, The River, Jarmo Lampela, director
  • France, Amélie, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director
  • Georgia, The Migration of the Angel, Nodar Managadze, director
  • Germany, The Experiment, Oliver Hirschbiegel, director
  • Greece, In Good Company, Nikos Zapatinas, director
  • Hong Kong, Fulltime Killer, Johnnie To & Wai Ka Fai, directors
  • Hungary, Abandoned, Arpád Sopsits, director
  • Iceland, The Seagull’s Laughter, Agust Gudmundsson, director
  • India, Lagaan, Ashutosh Gowariker, director
  • Iran, Baran, Majid Majidi, director
  • Israel, Late Marriage, Dover Kosahvili, director
  • Italy, The Son’s Room, Nanni Moretti, director
  • Japan, Go, Isao Yukisada, director
  • Kyrgyzstan, The Chimp, Aktan Abdykalykov, director
  • Mexico, Perfume de violetas, nadie te oye, Maryse Sistach, director
  • Netherlands, Nynke, Pieter Verhoeff, director
  • Norway, Elling, Petter Nëss, director
  • Philippines, In the Bosom of the Enemy, Gil M. Portes, director
  • Poland, Quo Vadis, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, director
  • Portugal, Camarate, Luis Filipe Rocha, director
  • Puerto Rico, 12 Hours, Raúl Marchand-Sánchez, director
  • Russia, The Romanovs: An Imperial Family, Gleb Panfilov, director
  • Slovenia, Bread and Milk, Jan Cvitkovic , director
  • Spain, Mad Love, Vicente Aranda, director
  • Sweden, Jalla! Jalla!, Josef Fares, director
  • Switzerland, In Praise of Love, Jean-Luc Godard, director
  • Taiwan, The Cabbie, Zhang Huakun & Chen Yiwen, directors
  • Tanzania, Maangamizi, Martin Mhando & Ron Mulvihill, directors
  • Thailand, The Moonhunter, Bhandit Rittakol, director
  • Turkey, Büyük Adam Küçük Ask / Hejar, Handan Ipekça, director
  • United Kingdom (Wales), Do Not Go Gentle, Emlyn Williams, director
  • Uruguay, In This Tricky Life, Beatriz Flores Silva, director
  • Venezuela, A House with a View of the Sea, Alberto Aruelo, director
  • Yugoslavia, War Live, Darko Bajic , director
The Foreign Language Film Award Committee, chaired by producer Mark Johnson, will screen all entries, beginning November 28, before voting to nominate five achievements.

Films submitted for Best Foreign Language Film Award consideration may also qualify for Academy Awards® in most other categories provided they meet the requirements governing those categories.