The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited the film industries of various countries to submit their best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film every year since the award was created in 1956.[1] The award is handed out annually by the Academy to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1][2] The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films.[2]

For the 77th Academy Awards, which were held on February 27, 2005, the Academy invited 89 countries to submit films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.[3] Fifty-one countries submitted films to the Academy, including Malaysia, which submitted a film for the first time.[4] The submissions from Colombia, Hong Kong and Ukraine were rejected before the formal review process, but Colombia submitted another film as a replacement.[5][6] The Academy released a list of the five nominees for the award on January 25, 2005.[7] The winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film was Spain's The Sea Inside, which was directed by Alejandro Amenabar.[8]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Afghanistan Earth and Ashes Khakestar-o-khak Dari, Pashto Atiq Rahimi Not nominated
 Argentina Lost Embrace El abrazo partido Spanish Daniel Burman Not nominated
 Austria Antares Antares German Götz Spielmann Not nominated
 Belgium The Alzheimer Case De Zaak Alzheimer Dutch Erik Van Looy Not nominated
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Days and Hours Kod amidze Idriza Serbo-Croatian Pjer Žalica Not nominated
 Brazil Olga Olga Portuguese Jayme Monjardim Not nominated
 Bulgaria Mila from Mars Mila ot Mars (Мила от Марс) Bulgarian Zornitsa Sophia Not nominated
 Canada Far Side of the Moon La face cachée de la lune French Robert Lepage Not nominated
 Chile Machuca Machuca Spanish Andrés Wood Not nominated
 China House of Flying Daggers Shí miàn mái fú (十面埋伏) Mandarin Zhang Yimou Not nominated
 Colombia El Rey[A] El Rey Spanish Jose Antonio Dorado Not nominated
 Croatia Long Dark Night Duga mračna noc Serbo-Croatian Antun Vrdoljak Not nominated
 Czech Republic Up and Down Horem pádem Czech Jan Hřebejk Not nominated
 Denmark The Five Obstructions De Fem benspænd Danish Jørgen Leth, Lars von Trier Not nominated
 Ecuador Chronicles Crónicas Spanish Sebastián Cordero Not nominated
 Egypt I Love Cinema بحب السيما Arabic Osama Fawzy Not nominated
 Estonia Revolution of Pigs Sigade revolutsioon Estonian Jaak Kilmi, René Reinumägi Not nominated
 Finland Producing Adults Lapsia ja aikuisia – Kuinka niitä tehdään? Finnish Aleksi Salmenperä Not nominated
 France The Chorus Les Choristes French Christophe Barratier Nominated
 Germany Downfall Der Untergang German Oliver Hirschbiegel Nominated
 Greece A Touch of Spice Politiki kouzina (Πολίτικη Κουζίνα) Greek Tassos Boulmetis Not nominated
 Hong Kong Running on Karma[B] Daai chek liu (大隻佬) Cantonese Wai Ka-Fai, Johnnie To Disqualified
 Hungary Kontroll Kontroll Hungarian Nimród Antal Not nominated
 Iceland Cold Light Kaldaljós Icelandic Hilmar Oddsson Not nominated
 India Shwaas Shwaas Marathi Sandeep Sawant Not nominated
 Iran Turtles Can Fly Lakposhtha parvaz mikonand Kurdish Bahman Ghobadi Not nominated
 Israel Campfire Medurat Hashevet (מדורת השבט) Hebrew Joseph Cedar Not nominated
 Italy The Keys to the House Le chiavi di casa Italian Gianni Amelio Not nominated
 Japan Nobody Knows Dare mo Shiranai (誰も知らない) Japanese Hirokazu Koreeda Not nominated
North Macedonia Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia The Great Water Golemata voda Macedonian Ivo Trajikov Not nominated
 Malaysia The Princess of Mount Ledang Puteri Gunung Ledang Malay Saw Teong Hin Not nominated
 Mexico Innocent Voices Voces inocentes Spanish Luis Mandoki Not nominated
 Netherlands Simon Simon Dutch Eddy Terstall Not nominated
 Norway Hawaii, Oslo Hawaii, Oslo Norwegian Erik Poppe Not nominated
 Palestine The Olive Harvest The Olive Harvest Arabic Hanna Elias Not nominated
 Philippines Crying Ladies Crying Ladies Tagalog Mark Meily Not nominated
 Poland The Welts Pręgi Polish Magdalena Piekorz Not nominated
 Portugal The Miracle According to Salomé O Milagre segundo Salomé Portuguese Mário Barroso Not nominated
 Romania Orient Express Orient Express Romanian Sergiu Nicolaescu Not nominated
 Russia Night Watch Nochnoy dozor (Ночной дозор) Russian Timur Bekmambetov Not nominated
 Serbia and Montenegro Goose Feather Jesen stiže, Dunjo moja Serbo-Croatian Ljubiša Samardžić Not nominated
 Slovenia Beneath Her Window Pod njenim oknom Slovenian Metod Pevec Not nominated
 South Africa Yesterday Yesterday Zulu Darrell Roodt Nominated
 South Korea Taegukgi Taegukgi Hwinallimyo (태극기 휘날리며) Korean Kang Je-gyu Not nominated
 Spain The Sea Inside Mar adentro Spanish Alejandro Amenabar Won Academy Award
 Sweden As It Is in Heaven Så som i himmelen Swedish Kay Pollak Nominated
  Switzerland Mein Name Ist Bach Mein Name Ist Bach German Dominique de Rivaz Not nominated
 Taiwan 20 30 40 20 30 40 Mandarin Sylvia Chang Not nominated
 Thailand The Overture Hom rong (โหมโรง) Thai Ittisoontorn Vichailak Not nominated
 Ukraine A Driver for Vera[C] Voditel dlya Very (Водитель для Веры) Russian Pavel Chukhrai Disqualified
 Uruguay Whisky Whisky Spanish Juan Pablo Rebella, Pablo Stoll Not nominated
 Venezuela Punto y Raya Punto y Raya Spanish Elia Schneider Not nominated

See also



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