List of Soviet submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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Sergei Bondarchuk was the first Soviet director to win the award, for War and Peace.

The Soviet Union submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film between 1963 and 1991. The Foreign Language Film award is handed out annually by the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1]

Each year, the Academy invites countries to submit their best films for competition, with only one film being accepted from each country.[1] The Soviet Union had a strong record in the category, receiving a total of nine nominations between 1968–1984, including three winners – War and Peace, Dersu Uzala and Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Eight of the nominees, including all three winners, were produced by Russian film studios. After the breakup of the Soviet Union, films representing the Russian Federation won a further five nominations, including one Oscar win for Burnt by the Sun.[2]

Submissions[edit]

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 since 1956. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by the Soviet Union for review by the Academy since 1963. All Soviet submissions were filmed mostly in Russian except for 1987's Georgian language Repentance.

Among the submissions were two films that sat on the shelf for several years awaiting approval from Soviet censors (1987–1988), a Japanese co-production (1975) and a documentary (1981). During Soviet times, all the constituent republics were joined as one nation, and it was routine for productions to have cast and crew from throughout the country. However, each republic had its own film studios, and the "Republic of Production" indicates the republic of the film studio that produced the film.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Russian title Director Republic of production Result
1963
(36th)
My Name is Ivan Иваново детство Andrei Tarkovsky  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1968
(41st)
War and Peace Война и мир Sergei Bondarchuk  Russian SFSR Won Academy Award[3]
1969
(42nd)
The Brothers Karamazov Братья Карамазовы Kirill Lavrov, Ivan Pyryev
& Mikhail Ulyanov
 Russian SFSR Nominated[4]
1971
(44th)
Tchaikovsky Чайкoвский Igor Talankin  Russian SFSR Nominated[5]
1972
(45th)
The Dawns Here Are Quiet А зори здесь тихие Stanislav Rostotsky  Russian SFSR Nominated[6]
1973
(46th)
Liberation Освобождение Yuri Ozerov (director)  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1974
(47th)
The Ferocious One Лютый Tolomush Okeyev  Kirghiz SSR
 Kazakh SSR
Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
Dersu Uzala Дерсу Узала Akira Kurosawa  Russian SFSR Won Academy Award[7]
1976
(49th)
They Fought for Their Country Они сражались за родину Sergei Bondarchuk  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1977
(50th)
The Ascent Восхождение Larisa Shepitko  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1978
(51st)
White Bim Black Ear Белый Бим Черное ухо Stanislav Rostotsky  Russian SFSR Nominated[8]
1979
(52nd)
Autumn Marathon Осенний марафон Georgiy Daneliya  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1980
(53rd)
Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears Москва слезам не верит Vladimir Menshov  Russian SFSR Won Academy Award[9]
1981
(54th)
O, Sport, You – the Peace! О спорт, ты - мир! Yuri Ozerov (director)  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1982
(55th)
Private Life Частная жизнь Yuli Raizman  Russian SFSR Nominated[10]
1983
(56th)
Vassa Васса Gleb Panfilov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1984
(57th)
Wartime Romance Военно-полевой роман Pyotr Todorovsky  Ukrainian SSR Nominated[11]
1985
(58th)
Come and See Иди и смотри Elem Klimov  Byelorussian SSR
 Russian SFSR
Not Nominated
1986
(59th)
Wild Pigeon Чужая белая и рябой Sergei Solovyov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1987
(60th)
Repentance Покаяние Tengiz Abuladze  Georgian SSR Not Nominated
1988
(61st)
Commissar Комиссар Aleksandr Askoldov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1989
(62nd)
Zerograd Город Зеро Karen Shakhnazarov  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Taxi Blues Такси-блюз Pavel Lungin  Russian SFSR Not Nominated
1991
(64th)
Get Thee Out Изыди! Dmitriy Astrakhan  Russian SFSR Not Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award" (PDF). Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 August 2014. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Foreign Language Film Facts". Academy Award Statistics. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. March 2007. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 15 February 2008. 
  3. ^ "The 41st Academy Awards (1969) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  4. ^ "The 42nd Academy Awards (1970) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  5. ^ "The 44th Academy Awards (1972) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "The 45th Academy Awards (1973) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "The 48th Academy Awards (1976) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "The 51st Academy Awards (1979) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "The 53rd Academy Awards (1981) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "The 55th Academy Awards (1983) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018. 
  11. ^ "The 57th Academy Awards (1985) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 23 April 2018.