Director Stefan Ruzowitzky won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film with his film The Counterfeiters.
Michael Haneke won the award for directing Amour.
Michael Haneke won the award for directing Amour.

Austria has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1961. The award 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.[3] It was not created until the 1956 Academy Awards, in which a competitive Academy Award of Merit, known as the Best Foreign Language Film Award, was created for non-English speaking films, and has been given annually since.[4]

Four Austrian films have been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film: Wolfgang Glück's '38 - Vienna Before the Fall at the 59th Academy Awards, Stefan Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters at the 80th Academy Awards, Gotz Spielmann's Revanche at the 81st Academy Awards, and Michael Haneke's Amour at the 85th Academy Awards.[5][6] Ruzowitzky's The Counterfeiters and Haneke's Amour won the award.[7]


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.[3] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Austria for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Most Austrian submissions were primarily in German. Austria's 2001 and 2005 submissions were filmed in French, and dubbed into German when they were submitted for consideration to the Academy,[8] while a subsequent rule change allowed them to send a third film in French in 2012. Austria's 2009 submission was mostly in Persian and Turkish and their 2010 submission was in Italian.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director(s) Result
Jedermann Jedermann Gottfried Reinhardt Not nominated
Moss on the Stones Moos auf den Steinen Georg Lhotsky Not nominated
I Want to Live Ich will leben Jörg A. Eggers Not nominated
Tales from the Vienna Woods Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald Maximilian Schell Not nominated
Egon Schiele Egon Schiele – Exzesse Herbert Vesely Not nominated
Der Bockerer Der Bockerer Franz Antel Not nominated
Tramps Die letzte Runde Peter Patzak Not nominated
Just Behind the Door Dicht hinter der Tür Mansur Madavi Not nominated
Malambo Malambo Milan Dor Not nominated
'38 – Vienna Before the Fall '38 – Auch das war Wien Wolfgang Glück Nominated
Welcome in Vienna Wohin und zurück – Welcome in Vienna Axel Corti Not nominated
Undiscovered Country Das weite Land Luc Bondy Not nominated
The Seventh Continent Der siebente Kontinent Michael Haneke Not nominated
Requiem for Dominic Requiem für Dominik Robert Dornhelm Not nominated
I Love Vienna I Love Vienna Houchang Allahyari Not nominated
Benny's Video Benny's Video Michael Haneke Not nominated
Indien Indien Paul Harather Not nominated
I Promise Ich gelobe Wolfgang Murnberger Not nominated
Ant Street Die Ameisenstraße Michael Glawogger Not nominated
Hannah Hannah Reinhard Schwabenitzky Not nominated
The Unfish Der Unfisch Robert Dornhelm Not nominated
The Inheritors Die Siebtelbauern Stefan Ruzowitzky Not nominated
Northern Skirts Nordrand Barbara Albert Not nominated
The Stranger Die Fremde Götz Spielmann Not nominated
The Piano Teacher La Pianiste Michael Haneke Not nominated
Gebürtig Gebürtig Robert Schindel, Lukas Stepanik Not nominated
Free Radicals Böse Zellen Barbara Albert Not nominated
Antares Antares Götz Spielmann Not nominated
Caché [9] Caché Michael Haneke Disqualified
You Bet Your Life Spiele Leben Antonin Svoboda Not nominated
The Counterfeiters Die Fälscher Stefan Ruzowitzky Won Academy Award
Revanche[10] Revanche Götz Spielmann Nominated
For a Moment, Freedom Ein Augenblick Freiheit Arash T. Riahi Not nominated
La Pivellina[11] La Pivellina Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel Not nominated
Breathing[12] Atmen Karl Markovics Not nominated
Amour[13] Amour Michael Haneke Won Academy Award
The Wall[14] Die Wand Julian Pölsler Not nominated
The Dark Valley[15] Das finstere Tal Andreas Prochaska Not nominated
Goodnight Mommy[16] Ich seh Ich seh Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala Not nominated
Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe[17] Vor der Morgenröte Maria Schrader Not nominated
Happy End[18] Happy End Michael Haneke Not nominated
The Waldheim Waltz[19] Waldheims Walzer Ruth Beckermann Not nominated
Joy[20] Joy Sudabeh Mortezai Disqualified[21]
What We Wanted[22] Was wir wollten Ulrike Kofler Not nominated
Great Freedom[23] Große Freiheit Sebastian Meise Made shortlist[24]

See also


  1. ^ The category was previously named the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but this was changed to the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film in April 2019, after the Academy deemed the word "Foreign" to be outdated.[1][2]


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