The following 32 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 59th 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 Austria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, France and the eventual winner, The Assault, from the Netherlands.[1] Austria and Canada were nominated for the first time and Puerto Rico submitted a film for consideration for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Original title Director(s) Result
 Algeria The Last Image French La Dernière image Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina Not nominated
 Argentina Tangos, the Exile of Gardel Spanish, French Tangos, el exilio de Gardel Fernando Solanas Not nominated
 Austria ’38’ German 38 – Auch das war Wien Wolfgang Glück Nominated
 Belgium Jumping Dutch Springen Jean-Pierre De Decker Not nominated
 Brazil The Hour of the Star Portuguese A Hora da Estrela Suzana Amaral Not nominated
 Canada The Decline of the American Empire French Le Déclin de l'empire américain Denys Arcand Nominated
 China Dr. Sun Yat-sen Chinese 孙中山 Ding Yinnan Not nominated
 Colombia Time to Die Spanish Tiempo de morir Jorge Alí Triana Not nominated
 Czechoslovakia My Sweet Little Village Czech Vesnicko má stredisková Jiří Menzel Nominated
 Denmark The Dark Side of the Moon Danish Manden i månen Erik Clausen Not nominated
 Finland The Unknown Soldier Finnish Tuntematon sotilas Rauni Mollberg Not nominated
 France Betty Blue French 37°2 le matin Jean-Jacques Beineix Nominated
 West Germany Men... German Männer... Doris Dörrie Not nominated
 Hungary Cat City Hungarian Macskafogó Béla Ternovszk Not nominated
 Iceland The Beast Icelandic Eins og skepnan deyr Hilmar Oddsson Not nominated
 India The Pearl Telugu Swati Mutyam K. Viswanath Not nominated
 Israel Avanti Popolo Arabic, Hebrew אוונטי פופלו Rafi Bukai Not nominated
 Italy Summer Night Italian Notte d'estate con profilo greco, occhi a mandorla e odore di basilico Lina Wertmüller Not nominated
 Japan Final Take Japanese キネマの転地 Yōji Yamada Not nominated
 South Korea Eunuch Korean 내시 Doo-yong Lee Not nominated
 Mexico The Realm of Fortune Spanish El imperio de la fortuna Arturo Ripstein Not nominated
 Netherlands The Assault Dutch, German De Aanslag Fons Rademakers Won Academy Award
 Norway Hard Asphalt Norwegian Hard Asfalt Sølve Skagen Not nominated
 Poland Axiliad Polish Siekierezada Witold Leszczyński Not nominated
 Puerto Rico La Gran Fiesta Spanish La Gran Fiesta Marcos Zurinaga Not nominated
 Romania The Last Assault Romanian Noi, cei din linia întîi Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
 Soviet Union The Wild Pigeon Russian Чужая белая и рябой Sergei Solovyov Not nominated
 Spain Half of Heaven Spanish La Mitad del cielo Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón Not nominated
 Sweden The Sacrifice Swedish, French Offret Andrei Tarkovsky Not nominated
  Switzerland Tanner Swiss German Der Schwarze Tanner Xavier Koller Not nominated
 Taiwan The Heroic Pioneers Chinese 唐山过台湾 Li Hsing Not nominated
 Yugoslavia Happy New Year '49 Macedonian, Serbian Среќна Нова '49 Stole Popov Not nominated


  1. ^ "The 59th Academy Awards (1987) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 16 August 2015.