The following 26 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 56th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from Algeria, France, Hungary, Spain and the eventual winner, Fanny and Alexander, from Sweden.[1]

The Dominican Republic submitted a film for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Algeria The Ball none Le Bal Ettore Scola Nominated
 Austria Tramps German Die Letzte Runde Peter Patzak Not nominated
 Canada The Tin Flute French Bonheur d'occasion Claude Fournier Not nominated
 China My Memories of Old Beijing Chinese 城南旧事 Wu Yigong Not nominated
 Czechoslovakia Incomplete Eclipse Czech Neúplné zatmění Jaromil Jireš Not nominated
 Denmark Zappa Danish Zappa Bille August Not nominated
 Dominican Republic Guaguasi Spanish Guaguasi Jorge Ulla Not nominated
 France Entre Nous French Coup de foudre Diane Kurys Nominated
 East Germany The Turning Point German Der Aufenthalt Frank Beyer Not nominated
 West Germany A Woman in Flames German Die Flambierte Frau Robert van Ackeren Not nominated
 Hungary Job's Revolt Hungarian Jób lázadása Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay Nominated
 Iceland The House Icelandic Húsið Egill Eðvarðsson Not nominated
 Israel A Married Couple Hebrew זוג נשוי Yitzhak Yeshurun Not nominated
 Italy And the Ship Sails On Italian E la nave va Federico Fellini Not nominated
 Japan Antarctica Japanese 南極物語 Koreyoshi Kurahara Not nominated
 Mexico Erendira Spanish Eréndira Ruy Guerra Not nominated
 Netherlands The Fourth Man Dutch De vierde man Paul Verhoeven Not nominated
 Peru Maruja in Hell Spanish Maruja en el infierno Francisco José Lombardi Not nominated
 Portugal No Trace of Sin Portuguese Sem Sombra de Pecado José Fonseca e Costa Not nominated
 Romania Return from Hell Romanian Intoarcerea din iad Nicolae Mărgineanu Not nominated
 Soviet Union Vassa Russian Васса Gleb Panfilov Not nominated
 Spain Carmen Spanish Carmen Carlos Saura Nominated
 Sweden Fanny and Alexander Swedish Fanny och Alexander Ingmar Bergman Won Academy Award
  Switzerland In the White City French Dans la ville blanche Alain Tanner Not nominated
 Taiwan Growing Up Chinese 小畢的故事 Chen Kunhou Not nominated
 Yugoslavia Great Transport Serbo-Croatian Veliki transport Veljko Bulajić Not nominated


  1. ^ "The 56th Academy Awards (1984) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 27 October 2013.