The following 63 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 78th Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film (release at the country of origin October 2004 - September 2005, ceremony March 2006).[1]

Costa Rica, Iraq and Fiji submitted films for the first time.


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Argentina El Aura Spanish Fabián Bielinsky Not nominated
 Austria Caché[2] French Michael Haneke Disqualified
 Bangladesh Shyamol Chhaya Bangla Humayun Ahmed Not nominated
 Belgium The Child French Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Not nominated
 Bolivia Say Good Morning to Dad[3] Spanish Fernando Vargas Disqualified
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Totally Personal Serbo-Croatian Nedžad Begović Not nominated
 Brazil Two Sons of Francisco Portuguese Breno Silveira Not nominated
 Bulgaria Stolen Eyes Bulgarian, Turkish Radoslav Spassov Not nominated
 Canada C.R.A.Z.Y. French Jean-Marc Vallée Not nominated
 Chile Play Spanish Alicia Scherson Not nominated
 China The Promise Mandarin Chen Kaige Not nominated
 Colombia La Sombra del Caminante Spanish Ciro Guerra Not nominated
 Costa Rica Caribe Spanish Esteban Ramírez Not nominated
 Croatia A Wonderful Night in Split Serbo-Croatian Arsen Anton Ostojić Not nominated
 Cuba Viva Cuba Spanish Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti Not nominated
 Czech Republic Something Like Happiness Czech Bohdan Sláma Not nominated
 Denmark Adam's Apples Danish Anders Thomas Jensen Not nominated
 Estonia Shop of Dreams Estonian Peeter Urbla Not nominated
 Fiji The Land Has Eyes Rotuman Vilsoni Hereniko Not nominated
 Finland Mother of Mine Swedish, Finnish Klaus Härö Not nominated
 France Joyeux Noël French, German, English Christian Carion Nominated
 Georgia Tbilisi-Tbilisi Georgian Levan Zakareishvili Not nominated
 Germany Sophie Scholl – The Final Days German Marc Rothemund Nominated
 Greece Nyfes[4] English Pantelis Voulgaris Disqualified
 Hong Kong Perhaps Love Mandarin, Cantonese Peter Ho-Sun Chan Not nominated
 Hungary Fateless Hungarian, German Lajos Koltai Not nominated
 Iceland Ahead of Time Icelandic Ágúst Guðmundsson Not nominated
 India Paheli Hindi Amol Palekar Not nominated
 Indonesia Gie Indonesian Riri Riza Not nominated
 Iran So Close, So Far Persian Reza Mir Karimi Not nominated
 Iraq Requiem of Snow Kurdish Jamil Rostami Not nominated
 Israel What a Wonderful Place Hebrew, Russian,
Tagalog, English
Eyal Halfon Not nominated
 Italy Don't Tell[5] Italian Cristina Comencini Nominated
 Japan Blood and Bones Japanese, Korean Yoichi Sai Not nominated
 South Korea Welcome to Dongmakgol Korean Park Kwang-hyun Not nominated
 Luxembourg Renart the Fox French Thierry Schiel Not nominated
 Mexico Al otro lado Spanish, Arabic Gustavo Loza Not nominated
 Mongolia The Cave of the Yellow Dog Mongolian Byambasuren Davaa Not nominated
 Netherlands Bluebird[6] Dutch Mijke de Jong Disqualified
 Norway Kissed by Winter Norwegian Sara Johnsen Not nominated
 Palestine Paradise Now[7] Arabic, English Hany Abu-Assad Nominated
 Peru Days of Santiago Spanish Josué Méndez Not nominated
 Poland The Collector Polish Feliks Falk Not nominated
 Portugal Noite Escura Portuguese, Russian João Canijo Not nominated
 Puerto Rico Cayo Spanish Vicente Juarbe Not nominated
 Romania The Death of Mr. Lazarescu Romanian Cristi Puiu Not nominated
 Russia The Italian Russian Andrei Kravchuk Not nominated
 Serbia and Montenegro Midwinter Night's Dream Serbo-Croatian Goran Paskaljević Not nominated
 Singapore Be with Me[8] English, Hokkien,
Mandarin, Cantonese
Eric Khoo Disqualified
 Slovakia The City of the Sun Slovak, Czech Martin Šulík Not nominated
 Slovenia Ruins Slovene Janez Burger Not nominated
 South Africa Tsotsi Zulu, Xhosa,
Afrikaans, English
Gavin Hood Won Academy Award
 Spain Obaba Spanish Montxo Armendáriz Not nominated
 Sweden Zozo Swedish, Arabic Josef Fares Not nominated
  Switzerland Tout un Hiver sans Feu French, Albanian Greg Zglinski Not nominated
 Taiwan The Wayward Cloud Mandarin Tsai Ming-liang Not nominated
 Tajikistan Sex & Philosophy[3] Tajik Mohsen Makhmalbaf Disqualified
 Thailand The Tin Mine Thai Jira Maligool Not nominated
 Turkey Lovelorn Turkish Yavuz Turgul Not nominated
 Uruguay Alma Mater Spanish Álvaro Buela Not on final list
 Venezuela 1888: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Santa Isabel Spanish Alfredo Anzola Disqualified
 Vietnam The Buffalo Boy Vietnamese Nguyen Vo Nghiem Minh Not nominated

Failed submissions

In addition to the above, Venezuela selected 1888: The Extraordinary Voyage of the Santa Isabel, but their entry was delayed by a lawsuit and they missed the deadline [9] Uruguay reportedly selected Álvaro Buela's Alma Mater, but it only ended up sent to the Goya Awards. Both films were chosen by their respective national film boards, and should be considered as their countries' national Foreign Film submissions.

Nepal elected to send Basain, but due to its release date, it was submitted the following year instead.

The Philippines failed to send a film for the first time in ten years; their Film Academy claimed they thought they hadn't been invited after the official invitation failed to reach their new address. Among the other countries which were officially invited to submit a film, but did not, were Afghanistan, Algeria, Australia, Ecuador, Egypt, Lebanon, Macedonia, Malaysia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


  1. ^ "58 Countries Vying for 2005 Foreign Language Film Oscar" (Press release). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 25 October 2005. Archived from the original on 24 December 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2008.
  2. ^ disqualified because the film was completely in French, and not in a language indigenous to Austria
  3. ^ a b disqualified because a print of the film did not arrive at the Academy in time
  4. ^ "With National Pride at Stake, Foreign Language Films Compete for Oscar Glory". 16 November 2005.
  5. ^ Private was originally selected but the Academy informed Italy that the film would be disqualified for not being in Italian. The Italian Academy appealed the decision, but ended up selecting a new film
  6. ^ disqualified because it was too similar to a version previously aired on Dutch television; it was too late to select another Dutch film
  7. ^ Paradise Now was submitted as coming from "Palestine", which was used on the web page and the official notices of the Academy. It was announced at the awards ceremony as from "the Palestinian territories".
  8. ^ disqualified after its official screening for being mostly in English and not in a Foreign Language
  9. ^ "Secuestro Express director sued in Venezuela | Business News". Archived from the original on 3 November 2005.