The following 24 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 42nd Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The titles highlighted in blue and yellow were the five nominated films, which came from Algeria, France, Sweden, the USSR and Yugoslavia.

Algeria, submitting a film for the first time, became the first African country to receive an Oscar nomination in this category. Algeria ending up winning the award (for the only time) for the political thriller Z, a co-production with France.[1]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Algeria Z French Z Costa-Gavras Won Academy Award
 Austria Moss on the Stones German Moos auf den Steinen Georg Lhotsky Not nominated
 Belgium Palaver Dutch Palaver Emile Degelin Not nominated
 Brazil Antonio das Mortes Portuguese O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro Glauber Rocha Not nominated
 Czechoslovakia The Cremator Czech Spalovač mrtvol Juraj Herz Not nominated
 Denmark Ballad of Carl-Henning Danish Balladen om Carl-Henning Lene Grønlykke and Sven Grønlykke Not nominated
 France My Night at Maud's French Ma Nuit Chez Maud Éric Rohmer Nominated
 West Germany Hunting Scenes from Bavaria German Jagdszenen aus Niederbayern Peter Fleischmann Not nominated
 Greece Girls in the Sun Greek Κοριτσια στον Ηλιο Vasilis Georgiadis Not nominated
 Hong Kong The Arch Chinese 董夫人 Tang Shu Shuen Not nominated
 Hungary The Upthrown Stone Hungarian Feldobott kő Sándor Sára Not nominated
 India Deiva Magan Tamil தெய்வ மகன் A. C. Tirulokchandar Not nominated
 Israel Siege/Matzor Hebrew מצור Gilberto Tofano Not nominated
 Italy Fellini Satyricon Italian Fellini Satyricon Federico Fellini Not nominated
 Japan Kuragejima, Legends From a Southern Island Japanese 神々の深き欲望 Shōhei Imamura Not nominated
 South Korea The Old Craftsman of Jar Korean 독 짓는 늙은이 Choi Ha-won Not nominated
 Netherlands Monsieur Hawarden Dutch Monsieur Hawarden Harry Kümel Not nominated
 Peru The Green Wall Spanish La muralla verde Armando Robles Godoy Not nominated
 Poland Everything for Sale Polish Wszystko na sprzedaz Andrzej Wajda Not nominated
 Romania A Woman for a Season Romanian Răutăciosul adolescent Gheorghe Vitanidis Not nominated
 Soviet Union The Brothers Karamazov Russian Братья Карамазовы Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev and Mikhail Ulyanov Nominated
 Spain La Celestina Spanish La Celestina César Fernández Ardavín Not nominated
 Sweden Ådalen 31 Swedish Ådalen '31 Bo Widerberg Nominated
 Yugoslavia Battle of Neretva Serbian Bitka na Neretvi Veljko Bulajić Nominated


  1. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 16 November 2011.