The following 24 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 50th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Notable entries

The highlighted titles were the five nominated films. These films came from France, Greece, Israel, Italy and Spain. France won the award for Madame Rosa,[1] a drama by an Israeli director about Madame Rosa, a retired prostitute and Holocaust survivor in Paris.[2]

Iran, Morocco and Venezuela entered the competition for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Argentina What Does Fall Mean? Spanish ¿Qué es el otoño? Daniel Portela and David José Kohon Not Nominated
 Austria I Want to Live German Ich will leben Jörg A. Eggers Not Nominated
 Belgium Rubens Dutch Rubens, schilder en diplomaat Roland Verhavert Not Nominated
 Brazil Tent of Miracles Portuguese Tenda dos Milagres Nelson Pereira dos Santos Not Nominated
 Canada J.A. Martin Photographer French J.A. Martin photographe Jean Beaudin Not Nominated
 Denmark Boys Danish Drenge Nils Malmros Not Nominated
 France Madame Rosa French La Vie devant soi Moshé Mizrahi Won Academy Award
 East Germany Mom, I Am Alive German Mama, ich lebe Konrad Wolf Not Nominated
 West Germany The American Friend German Der Amerikanische Freund Wim Wenders Not Nominated
 Greece Iphigenia Greek Ἰφιγένεια Michael Cacoyannis Nominated
 Hungary A Strange Role Hungarian Herkulesfürdöi emlék Pál Sándor Not Nominated
 India Manthan Hindi मंथन Shyam Benegal Not Nominated
 Iran The Cycle Persian دايره مينا Dariush Mehrjui Not Nominated
 Israel Operation Thunderbolt[3] Hebrew, English מבצע יונתן Menahem Golan Nominated
 Italy A Special Day Italian Una Giornata particolare Ettore Scola Nominated
 Japan Mt. Hakkoda Japanese 八甲田山 Shiro Moritani Not Nominated
 Mexico Pafnucio Santo Spanish Pafnucio Santo Rafael Corkidi Not Nominated
 Morocco Blood Wedding French Noces de sang Souheil Ben-Barka Not Nominated
 Netherlands Soldier of Orange Dutch Soldaat van Oranje Paul Verhoeven Not Nominated
 Poland Camouflage Polish Barwy ochronne Krzysztof Zanussi Not Nominated
 Soviet Union The Ascent Russian Восхождение Larisa Shepitko Not Nominated
 Spain That Obscure Object of Desire French, Spanish Ese oscuro objeto del deseo Luis Buñuel Nominated
 Sweden The Man on the Roof Swedish Mannen på taket Bo Widerberg Not Nominated
 Venezuela The Fish That Smokes Spanish El Pez que fuma Román Chalbaud Not Nominated


  1. ^ "The 50th Academy Awards (1978) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  2. ^ Madame Rosa (1977) – FilmAffinity
  3. ^ From the Archive: Israel's impressive losing record at the Oscars – Jewish Telegraphic Agency