This is a list of submissions to the 60th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. The Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was created in 1956 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to honour non-English-speaking films produced outside the United States.[1] The award is handed out annually, and is accepted by the winning film's director, although it is considered an award for the submitting country as a whole.[2] Countries are invited by the Academy to submit their best films for competition according to strict rules, with only one film being accepted from each country.[2]

For the 60th Academy Awards, thirty films were submitted in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The critically acclaimed Wings of Desire, by Wim Wenders, submitted by West Germany, wasn't nominated, despite being one of the favourites. Indonesia submitted a film for the first time, and Cuba submitted a film for the first time in a decade. The Soviet Union submitted a film in Georgian (which was produced in 1984, but banned until 1987), India chose a film in Tamil, and Norway selected the first-ever film made in Northern Sami. The bolded titles were the five nominated films, which came from France, Italy, Norway, Spain, and the eventual winner, Babette's Feast, from Denmark.[3]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Argentina Man Facing Southeast Hombre mirando al sudeste Spanish Eliseo Subiela Not nominated
 Austria Welcome in Vienna Wohin und zurück – Welcome in Vienna German Axel Corti Not nominated
 Belgium The Cruel Embrace Les Noces barbares French Marion Hänsel Not nominated
 Brazil Subway to the Stars Um Trem para as Estrelas Brazilian Portuguese Carlos Diegues Not nominated
 Canada Night Zoo Un zoo la nuit French Jean-Claude Lauzon Not nominated
 China Hibiscus Town 芙蓉镇 Mandarin Xie Jin Not nominated
 Cuba A Successful Man Un hombre de éxito Spanish Humberto Solás Not nominated
 Czechoslovakia Forbidden Dreams Smrt krásných srnců Czech Karel Kachyňa Not nominated
 Denmark Babette's Feast Babettes gæstebud Danish, Swedish, French Gabriel Axel Won Academy Award
 Finland The Snow Queen Lumikuningatar Finnish Päivi Hartzell Not nominated
 France Au revoir les enfants French, German Louis Malle Nominated
 West Germany Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin German, English, French, Turkish, Hebrew, Spanish Wim Wenders Not nominated
 Greece Theofilos Θεόφιλος Greek Lakis Papastathis Not nominated
 Hungary Diary for My Lovers Napló szerelmeimnek Hungarian Márta Mészáros Not nominated
 Iceland White Whales Skytturnar Icelandic Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
 India Nayakan நாயகன் Tamil Mani Ratnam Not nominated
 Indonesia Nagabonar Indonesian M.T. Risyaf Not nominated
 Israel I Don't Give a Damn לא שם זין Hebrew Shmuel Imberman Not nominated
 Italy The Family La famiglia Italian Ettore Scola Nominated
 Japan Zegen 女衒 Japanese Shohei Imamura Not nominated
 Mexico Living Is What Matters Lo que importa es vivir Spanish Luis Alcoriza Not nominated
 Netherlands Count Your Blessings Van geluk gesproken Dutch Pieter Verhoeff Not nominated
 Norway Pathfinder Ofelaš, Veiviseren Northern Sámi Nils Gaup Nominated
 Poland Hero of the Year Bohater roku Polish Feliks Falk Not nominated
 Soviet Union Repentance მონანიება Georgian Tengiz Abuladze Not nominated
 Spain Course Completed Asignatura aprobada Spanish José Luis Garci Nominated
 Sweden Hip Hip Hurrah! Hip Hip Hurra! Swedish, Danish Kjell Grede Not nominated
 Switzerland If the Sun Never Returns Si le soleil ne revenait pas French Claude Goretta Not nominated
 Taiwan Osmanthus Alley 桂花巷 Mandarin Chen Kunhou Not nominated
 Yugoslavia Reflections Već viđeno Serbo-Croatian, Esperanto Goran Marković Not nominated


  1. ^ "History of the Academy Awards 2 - Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". 22 June 2008. Archived from the original on 22 June 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Rule 14 | 81st Academy Awards Rules | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". 9 August 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2022.
  3. ^ "The 60th Academy Awards (1988) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 16 August 2015.