Danish director Susanne Bier won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for In a Better World.

This is a list of submissions to the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. 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 presented 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]

The deadline for all countries to send in their submissions was 1 October 2010. The submitted motion pictures must be first released theatrically in their respective countries between 1 October 2009, and 30 September 2010.[2] In total, 66 countries submitted films for consideration, including first-time submissions from Greenland and Ethiopia.[3]

A shortlist of nine semi-finalists was announced on 19 January 2011.[4] The final list of five nominees was announced on 25 January 2011, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Los Angeles.[2][5] The Danish entry, In a Better World, was announced as the winner at the 83rd Academy Awards on 27 February 2011.[6]


Submitting country Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director(s) Result
 Afghanistan The Black Tulip[7] The Black Tulip Dari, Pashto, English Sonia Nassery Cole Not nominated[8]
 Albania East, West, East[9] Lindje, Perëndim, Lindje Albanian, Italian Gjergj Xhuvani Not nominated
 Algeria Hors la Loi[10] Hors-la-loi French, Arabic Rachid Bouchareb Nominated[5]
 Argentina Carancho[11] Carancho Spanish Pablo Trapero Not nominated
 Austria La Pivellina[12] La Pivellina Italian Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel Not nominated
 Azerbaijan The Precinct[13] Sahə Azeri, Russian Ilgar Safat Not nominated
 Bangladesh Third Person Singular Number[14] Third Person Singular Number Bengali Mostofa Sarwar Farooki Not nominated
 Belgium Illegal[15] Illègal French, Russian, English Olivier Masset-Depasse Not nominated
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Circus Columbia[16] Cirkus Columbia Bosnian Danis Tanović Not nominated
 Brazil Lula, the Son of Brazil[17] Lula, o filho do Brasil Portuguese Fábio Barreto Not nominated
 Bulgaria Eastern Plays[18] Eastern Plays Bulgarian, Turkish, English Kamen Kalev Not nominated
 Canada Incendies[3] Incendies French, Arabic Denis Villeneuve Nominated[5]
 Chile The Life of Fish[19] La vida de los peces Spanish Matías Bize Not nominated
 China Aftershock[20] 唐山大地震 Mandarin Chinese Feng Xiaogang Not nominated
 Colombia Crab Trap[21] El vuelco del cangrejo Spanish Oscar Ruíz Navia Not nominated
 Costa Rica Of Love and Other Demons[22] Del amor y otros demonios Spanish Hilda Hidalgo Not nominated
 Croatia The Blacks[23] Crnci Croatian Goran Devic & Zvonimir Juric Not nominated
 Czech Republic Kawasaki's Rose[24] Kawasakiho růže Czech Jan Hřebejk Not nominated
 Denmark In a Better World[25] Hævnen Danish, English Susanne Bier Won Academy Award[6]
 Egypt Messages from the Sea[26] رسائل البحر Arabic Daoud Abdel Sayed Not nominated
 Estonia The Temptation of St. Tony[27] Püha Tõnu kiusamine Estonian Veiko Õunpuu Not nominated
 Ethiopia The Athlete[3] Atletu English, Amharic Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew Not nominated
 Finland Steam of Life[28] Miesten vuoro Finnish Joonas Berghäll, Mika Hotakainen Not nominated
 France Of Gods and Men[3] Des hommes et des dieux French Xavier Beauvois Not nominated
 Georgia Street Days[29] ქუჩის დღეები Georgian Levan Koguashvili Not nominated
 Germany When We Leave[3] Die Fremde German, Turkish Feo Aladag Not nominated
 Greece Dogtooth[30] Κυνόδοντας Greek Yorgos Lanthimos Nominated[5]
 Greenland Nuummioq[31] Nuummioq Greenlandic, Danish Torben Bech, Otto Rosing Not nominated
 Hungary Bibliothèque Pascal[32] Bibliothèque Pascal Romanian, Hungarian, English Szabolcs Hajdu Not nominated
 Hong Kong Echoes of the Rainbow[33] 歲月神偷 Cantonese Alex Law Not nominated
 Iceland Mamma Gogo[34] Mamma Gógó Icelandic Friðrik Þór Friðriksson Not nominated
 India Peepli [Live][35] Peepli [Live]

पीपली लाइव

Hindi Anusha Rizvi Not nominated
 Indonesia How Funny (This Country Is)[36] Alangkah Lucunya (Negeri Ini) Indonesian Deddy Mizwar Not nominated
 Iran Farewell Baghdad[3] بدرود بغداد Arabic, English Mehdi Naderi Not nominated
 Iraq Son of Babylon[37] ابن بابل Arabic, Kurdish Mohamed Al-Daradji Not nominated
 Israel The Human Resources Manager[38] שליחותו של הממונה על משאבי אנוש Hebrew, Romanian Eran Riklis Not nominated
 Italy La Prima Cosa Bella[39] La prima cosa bella Italian Paolo Virzì Not nominated
 Japan Confessions[40] 告白 Japanese Tetsuya Nakashima Made shortlist[4]
 Kazakhstan Strayed[41] Заблудившийся Russian Akan Satayev Not nominated
 Kyrgyzstan The Light Thief[31] Svet-Ake Kyrgyz Aktan Arym Kubat Not nominated
 Latvia Hong Kong Confidential[42] Amaya Cantonese, English Māris Martinsons Not nominated
North Macedonia Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Mothers[43] Мајки Macedonian Milčo Mančevski Not nominated
 Mexico Biutiful[44] Biutiful Spanish Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated[5]
 Netherlands Tirza[45] Tirza Dutch, English Rudolf van den Berg Not nominated
 Nicaragua La Yuma[46] La Yuma Spanish Florence Jaugey Not nominated
 Norway Angel[47] Engelen Norwegian Margreth Olin Not nominated
 Peru Undertow[48] Contracorriente Spanish Javier Fuentes-León Not nominated
 Philippines Noy[49] Noy Tagalog Dondon Santos Not nominated
 Poland All That I Love[50] Wszystko, co kocham Polish Jacek Borcuch Not nominated
 Portugal To Die Like a Man[51] Morrer Como Um Homem Portuguese João Pedro Rodrigues Not nominated
 Puerto Rico Miente[52] Miente Spanish Rafi Mercado Not nominated
 Romania If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle[53] Eu cand vreau sa fluier, fluier Romanian Florin Șerban Not nominated
 Russia The Edge[54] Край Russian Alexei Uchitel Not nominated
 Serbia Besa[55] Беса Serbian, Albanian Srđan Karanović Not nominated
 Slovakia Hranica[56] Hranica Hungarian Jaroslav Vojtek Not nominated
 Slovenia 9:06[56] 9:06 Slovene Igor Sterk Not nominated
 South Africa Life, Above All[3] Life, Above All Northern Sotho Oliver Schmitz Made shortlist[4]
 South Korea A Barefoot Dream[3] 맨발의 꿈 Korean, Tetum Kim Tae-kyun Not nominated
 Spain Even the Rain[57] También la lluvia Spanish, Quechua Icíar Bollaín Made shortlist[4]
 Sweden Simple Simon[58] I rymden finns inga känslor Swedish Andreas Öhman Made shortlist[4]
  Switzerland La petite chambre[59] La petite chambre French Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond Not nominated
 Taiwan Monga[60] [A] 艋舺 Mandarin, Min Nan Doze Niu Not nominated
 Thailand Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives[61] ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ Thai Apichatpong Weerasethakul Not nominated
 Turkey Bal[61] Bal Turkish Semih Kaplanoglu Not nominated
 Uruguay A Useful Life[61] La vida útil Spanish Federico Veiroj Not nominated
 Venezuela Hermano[62] Hermano Spanish Marcel Rasquin Not nominated

Other countries

Cuba, Lithuania, and Luxembourg informed Variety before the deadline that they would not participate in this year's competition.[63]

Vietnam has submitted four films in the past five years. Their official nominating body, the Vietnam Cinema Administration's International Relations Department, has indicated an interest in participating and has said they have nine eligible films. However, as of 5 October 2010, they had made no official announcement.[64]

See also



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