Lebanon has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film[nb 1] since 1978. 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] As of 2021, Lebanon has submitted eighteen films for the award, with The Insult being the first film nominated for the award.


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

Film title used in nomination French & Arabic titles Director Result
West Beirut West Beyrouth
بيروت الغربية
Ziad Doueiri Not nominated
Around the Pink House Autour de la maison rose
البيت الزهري
Joana Hadjithomas
& Khalil Joreige
Not nominated
When Maryam Spoke Out Quand Mariam s'est dévoilée
لمّا حكيت مريم
Assad Fouladkar Not nominated
The Kite Le cerf-volant
طيّارة من ورق
Randa Chahal Sabag Not nominated
Bosta Bosta
Philippe Aractingi Not nominated
Caramel Caramel
سكر بنات
Nadine Labaki Not nominated
Under the Bombs Sous les bombes
تحت القصف
Philippe Aractingi Not nominated
Where Do We Go Now?[4] Where Do We Go Now?
و هلّق لوين
Nadine Labaki Not nominated
Blind Intersections[5] قصة ثواني Lara Saba Not nominated
Ghadi[6] غدي Amin Dora Not nominated
Void[7] وينن Tarek Korkomaz, Zeina Makki, Jad Beyrouthy, Christelle Ighniades, Salim Habr, Maria Abdel Karim, Naji Bechara Not nominated
Very Big Shot[8] فيلم كتير كبير Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya Not nominated
The Insult[9] قضية رقم ٢٣ Ziad Doueiri Nominated[10]
Capernaum[11] کفرناحوم Nadine Labaki Nominated[12]
1982[13] 1982 Oualid Mouaness Not nominated
Broken Keys[14] مفاتيح مكسرة Jimmy Keyrouz Not nominated
Costa Brava, Lebanon[15] كوستابرافا Mounia Akl Not nominated

Lebanon's submitted for the first time with Promise of Love, a US co-production in Armenian. Twenty years later, Lebanon began submitting Arabic language films on a regular basis, many of which also featured French.

Recent Lebanese history, particularly the country's wars and ethnic divisions, has been featured prominently in their national submissions. West Beyrouth is about friendship between Muslim and Christian teenagers during the 1975 Civil War, while Autour de la Maison Rouge deals with a community re-building itself afterwards. Under the Bombs takes place amidst the rubble of Lebanon's brief 2006 war with Israel while The Kite focuses on a once tight-knit community, split in two by the current Lebanese-Israeli border. Caramel, a comedy-drama about a women's beauty salon, and Bosta, a musical about a modern-day troupe of travelling musicians, were major box-office hits at home about close friends from different religious backgrounds. When Maryam Spoke Out did not fit the above profile, and instead featured a loving couple whose marriage is threatened by the wife's infertility.

Caramel, the first Lebanese film to get a major theatrical release in the United States, was often cited as a dark horse favorite for a nomination, but did not make it to the next stage.

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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  14. ^ "مفاتيح مكسرة".. تعرف على الفيلم اللبناني المرشح لجائزة الأوسكار". MENA Media Monitor. 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
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