This is a list of submissions to the 33rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was created in 1956 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honour non-English-speaking films produced outside the United States.[1] The award is handed out annually, and is accepted by the winning film's director, although it is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole.[2] Countries are invited by the Academy to submit their best films for competition according to strict rules, with only one film being accepted from each country.[2]

For the 33rd Academy Awards, twelve films were submitted in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Brazil submitted a film to the competition for the first time. The titles highlighted were the five nominated films, which came from France, Italy, Mexico, Sweden and Yugoslavia. The eventual winner was Ingmar Bergman's revenge drama The Virgin Spring, which represented Sweden.[3]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Brazil Death Commands Brigandage A Morte Comanda o Cangaço Brazilian Portuguese Carlos Coimbra & Walter Guimarães Motta Not nominated
 France La Vérité French Henri-Georges Clouzot Nominated
 West Germany Faust German Peter Gorski Not nominated
 Hong Kong The Enchanting Shadow 倩女幽魂 Mandarin Li Han-hsiang Not nominated
 India The Great Moghul मुग़ल-ए आज़म / مغلِ اعظم Hindi, Urdu K. Asif Not nominated
 Italy Kapò Italian Gillo Pontecorvo Nominated
 Japan Late Autumn 秋日和 Japanese Yasujirō Ozu Not nominated
 Mexico Macario Spanish Roberto Gavaldón Nominated
 Spain At Five O'Clock in the Afternoon A las cinco de la tarde Juan Antonio Bardem Not nominated
 Sweden The Virgin Spring Jungfrukällan Swedish Ingmar Bergman Won Academy Award
 United Arab Republic Teenagers المراهقات Arabic Ahmed Diaeddin Not nominated
 Yugoslavia The Ninth Circle Deveti krug Serbo-Croatian France Štiglic Nominated


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  2. ^ a b "Rule 14 | 81st Academy Awards Rules | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". 2008-08-09. Archived from the original on 2008-08-09. Retrieved 2022-10-09.
  3. ^ "The 33rd Academy Awards (1961) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-10-29.