Belarus has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1994. 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] As of 2020, five Belarusian films have been submitted for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and none of them have been nominated for an Academy Award.

Submissions

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 Belarus for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director Result
1994
(67th)
Me Ivan, You Abraham Я — Иван, ты — Абрам Yiddish, Polish, Russian, Romani Yolande Zauberman Not nominated
1996
(69th)
From Hell to Hell Из ада в ад Yiddish, Russian, German Dmitry Astrakhan Not nominated
2018
(91st)
Crystal Swan[5] Хрусталь Russian, English Darya Zhuk Not nominated
2019
(92nd)
Debut[6] Дебют Russian Anastasiya Miroshnichenko Not nominated
2020
(93rd)
Persian Lessons[7] Persischstunden German, French, Persian, English, Italian Vadim Perelman Disqualified[8]

Independent Belarus has only submitted films to the Oscar Foreign Language Film competition four times. In 1994 and 1996, Belarus selected Jewish-themed films focusing on relations between Polish Jews and Christians before and after World War II. Me Ivan, You Abraham was about the inter-faith friendship between two boys in the 1930s. From Hell to Hell focuses on two families - one Jewish, one Christian - and the tragedy that ensues when one family entrusts their child to the other during the Second World War. Neither film was a majority Belarusian production nor was directed by a Belarusian; Zauberman is French and Astrakhan is Russia. After a 22-year absence from the competition, in 2018 Belarus selected Crystal Swan, a comedy-drama about a young woman trying to get a U.S. visa so she can become a DJ in Chicago. It premiered at the 2018 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[9]

The Soviet Union also sent a Belarusian film, Come and See, in 1985 to represent the USSR.

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Notes

  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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References

  1. ^ "Academy announces rules for 92nd Oscars". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Academy Announces Rule Changes For 92nd Oscars". Forbes. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  5. ^ Holdsworth, Nick (30 June 2018). "Oscars: Belarus Selects 'Crystal Swan' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 4 August 2018. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Belarus chooses entry for Academy Award 2019". Belarus News. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ Vourlias, Christopher (1 December 2020). "Belarus Selects Vadim Perelman's 'Persian Lessons' for International Feature Film Oscar Race". Variety. Retrieved 1 December 2020.
  8. ^ "Belarus Oscar Entry 'Persian Lessons' Pulled From International Feature Film Race". Variety. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  9. ^ Kalous, Pavel (5 July 2018). "Crystal Swan, Belarus' First Academy Award Submission In 22 Years". Forbes. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.