List of submissions to the 62nd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film

The following 37 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 62nd Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film which took place in 1990. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from Canada, Denmark, France, Puerto Rico and the eventual winner, Cinema Paradiso, from Italy.[1] Burkina Faso and South Africa submitted films for the first time and Puerto Rico was nominated for the first, and to date, only time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Argentina La Amiga Spanish, German La Amiga Jeanine Meerapfel Not Nominated
 Austria The Seventh Continent German Der Siebente Kontinent Michael Haneke Not Nominated
 Belgium The Sacrament Dutch Het Sacrament Hugo Claus Not Nominated
 Brazil Better Days Ahead Portuguese Dias Melhores Virão Carlos Diegues Not Nominated
 Bulgaria Time of Violence Bulgarian Време на насилие Ludmil Staikov Not Nominated
 Burkina Faso Yaaba More Yaaba[2] Idrissa Ouedraogo Not Nominated
 Canada Jesus of Montreal French Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Nominated
 China The Birth of New China Chinese 开国大典 Qiankuan Li Not Nominated
 Cuba Supporting Roles Spanish Papeles secundarios Orlando Rojas Not Nominated
 Czechoslovakia A Hoof Here, a Hoof There Czech Kopytem sem, kopytem tam Věra Chytilová Not Nominated
 Denmark Memories of a Marriage Danish Danser med Regitze Kaspar Rostrup Nominated
 France Camille Claudel French Camille Claudel[2]Bruno Nuytten Nominated
 West Germany Spider's Web German Das Spinnenetz Bernhard Wicki Not Nominated
 Greece Landscape in the Mist Greek Τοπίο στην ομίχλη Theo Angelopoulos Not Nominated
 Hong Kong Painted Faces Cantonese 七小福 Alex Law Not Nominated
 Hungary My 20th Century Hungarian Az Én XX. századom Ildikó Enyedi Not Nominated
 Iceland Under the Glacier Icelandic Kristnihald undir jökli Guðný Halldórsdóttir Not Nominated
 India Parinda Hindi परिंदा Vidhu Vinod Chopra Not Nominated
 Indonesia Tjoet Nja' Dhien Indonesian Tjoet Nja' Dhien Eros Djarot Not Nominated
 Israel One of Us Hebrew אחד משלנו Uri Barbash Not Nominated
 Italy Cinema Paradiso Italian Nuovo Cinema Paradiso Giuseppe Tornatore Won Academy Award
 Japan Rikyu Japanese 利休 Hiroshi Teshigahara Not Nominated
 Netherlands Polonaise Dutch Leedvermaak Frans Weisz Not Nominated
 Norway A Handful of Time Norwegian En håndfull tid Martin Asphaug Not Nominated
 Poland Kornblumenblau Polish Kornblumenblau[3]Leszek Wosiewicz Not Nominated
 Portugal The Cannibals Portuguese Os Canibais Manoel de Oliveira Not Nominated
 Puerto Rico Santiago, the Story of his New Life Spanish Lo que le pasó a Santiago Jacobo Morales Nominated
 Romania Those Who Pay With Their Lives Romanian Cei care plătesc cu viaţa Șerban Marinescu Not Nominated
 South Africa Mapantsula Zulu Mapantsula Oliver Schmitz Not Nominated[4]
 Spain Love, Hate and Death Spanish Montoyas y Tarantos Vicente Escrivá Not Nominated
 Sweden The Women on the Roof Swedish Kvinnor på taket Carl-Gustav Nykvist Not Nominated
  Switzerland My Dear Subject French Mon cher sujet Anne-Marie Miéville Not Nominated
 Taiwan A City of Sadness Chinese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Shanghainese 悲情城市 Hou Hsiao-Hsien Not Nominated
 Thailand The Elephant Keeper Thai คนเลี้ยงช้าง Chatrichalerm Yukol Not Nominated
 Turkey Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite Turkish Uçurtmayi Vurmasinlar Tunç Başaran Not Nominated
 Soviet Union Zerograd Russian Город Зеро Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
 Yugoslavia Time of the Gypsies Romany, Serbian Dom za vešanje Emir Kusturica Not Nominated


  1. "The 62nd Academy Awards (1990) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  2. 1 2 proper name
  3. Song name, relevant to plot
  4. The South African submission, Mapantsula, was on the 1989 official AMPAS press release, but not on the 2007 updated list. In 1997, the AMPAS press release announced that Paljas had been selected as South Africa's first-ever submission.
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