The following 19 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 51st Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from France, West Germany, Hungary, Italy and the USSR. France won the award with the comedy, Get Out Your Handkerchiefs,[1] starring Gérard Depardieu as a husband who finds a new lover for his depressed wife.

Cuba and Lebanon submitted films for consideration for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Brazil The Lyre of Delight Portuguese A Lira do Delírio Walter Lima Jr. Not Nominated
 Cuba Viva el Presidente Spanish El Recurso del método Miguel Littín Not Nominated
 Czechoslovakia Nick Carter in Prague Czech Adéla ještě nevečeřela Oldřich Lipský Not Nominated
 Denmark Me and Charly Danish Mig og Charly Morten Arnfred and Henning Kristiansen Not Nominated
 France Get Out Your Handkerchiefs French Préparez vos mouchoirs Bertrand Blier Won Academy Award
 West Germany The Glass Cell German Die Gläserne Zelle Hans W. Geißendörfer Nominated
 Hungary Hungarians Hungarian Magyarok Zoltán Fábri Nominated
 India The Chess Players Hindi, Urdu शतरंज के खिलाड़ी Satyajit Ray Not Nominated
 Israel Lemon Popsicle Hebrew אסקימו לימון Boaz Davidson Not Nominated
 Italy Viva Italia! Italian I Nuovi mostri Dino Risi, Ettore Scola and Mario Monicelli Nominated
 Japan Empire of Passion Japanese 愛の亡霊 Nagisa Oshima Not Nominated
 Kuwait The Wedding of Zein Arabic عرس الزين Khalid Al Siddiq Not Nominated
 Lebanon Promise of Love Armenian Սիրո Խոստումը Sarky Mouradian Not Nominated
 Mexico The Place Without Limits Spanish El Lugar sin límites Arturo Ripstein Not Nominated
 Netherlands Pastorale 1943 Dutch Pastorale 1943 Wim Verstappen Not Nominated
 Poland Death of a President Polish Smierc prezydenta Jerzy Kawalerowicz Not Nominated
 Soviet Union White Bim Black Ear Russian Белый Бим Черное ухо Stanislav Rostotsky Nominated
 Spain Somnambulists Spanish Sonámbulos Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not Nominated
 Yugoslavia Occupation in 26 Pictures Croatian, Italian Okupacija u 26 slika Lordan Zafranović Not Nominated


  1. ^ "The 51st Academy Awards (1979) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 11 October 2012.