List of Swiss Submissions For The Academy Award For Best Foreign Language Film - Submissions


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. Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Switzerland for review by the Academy for the award by year and the respective Academy Awards ceremony.

The Swiss submission is decided annually by the Federal Office for Culture.

Since they began submitting regularly in 1972, they have only failed to enter a film on three occasions: 1977, 1978 and 2003. In 1994, the Swiss entered but were disqualified in a controversial ruling in which AMPAS determined that one of the favorites, Krzysztof Kieslowski's Red, was not a majority Swiss production.

Director Alain Tanner had had his films selected five times, but none have been nominated. Xavier Koller and Swiss-based French director Jean-Luc Godard have each been selected to represent Switzerland three times.

Switzerland has four official languages- Twenty-two of the Swiss submissions have been French-language films, while thirteen were in some variety of German, but none were in Italian or Romansh. In addition, two Swiss submissions were in Turkish.

Film title used in nomination Original title Language(s) Director Result
The Shadows Grow Longer Die Schatten werden länger German Vajda, LadislaoLadislao Vajda Not Nominated
First Love Erste Liebe German Schell, MaximilianMaximilian Schell Nominee
La Salamandre La Salamandre French Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner Not Nominated
L'Invitation L'Invitation French Goretta, ClaudeClaude Goretta Nominee
The Middle of the World Le Milieu du monde French Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner Not Nominated
Confrontation Konfrontation Swiss German Lyssy, RolfRolf Lyssy Not Nominated
Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000 French Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner Not Nominated
Les petites fugues Les petites fugues French Yersin, YvesYves Yersin Not Nominated
Every Man for Himself Sauve qui peut (la vie) French Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
The Boat Is Full Das Boot ist Voll German Imhoof, MarkusMarkus Imhoof Nominee
Yol Yol Turkish Gören, ŞerifŞerif Gören Not Nominated
In the White City Dans la ville blanche French Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner Not Nominated
Dangerous Moves La Diagonale du fou French Dembo, RichardRichard Dembo Academy Award !Won Academy Award
High Fire Höhenfeuer Swiss German Murer, FrediFredi Murer Not Nominated
Tanner Der Schwarze Tanner Swiss German Koller, XavierXavier Koller Not Nominated
If the Sun Never Returns Si le soleil ne revenait pas French Goretta, ClaudeClaude Goretta Not Nominated
La Méridienne La Méridienne French Amiguet, Jean-FrançoisJean-François Amiguet Not Nominated
My Favorite Story Mon cher sujet French Miéville, Anne-MarieAnne-Marie Miéville Not Nominated
Journey of Hope Reise der Hoffnung Turkish Koller, XavierXavier Koller Academy Award !Won Academy Award
Der Berg Der Berg German Imhoof, MarkusMarkus Imhoof Not Nominated
Off Season Hors Saison French Schmid, DanielDaniel Schmid Not Nominated
Le Journal de Lady M Le Journal de Lady M French Tanner, AlainAlain Tanner Not Nominated
Three Colors: Red Trois Couleurs: Rouge French Kieslowski, KrzysztofKrzysztof Kieslowski Disqualified
Adultère, mode d'emploi Adultère, mode d'emploi French Pascal, ChristineChristine Pascal Not Nominated
Les Agneaux Les Agneaux French Schupbach, MarcelMarcel Schupbach Not Nominated
For Ever Mozart For Ever Mozart French Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
La Guerre dans le Haut Pays La Guerre Dans le Haut Pays French Reusser, FrancisFrancis Reusser Not Nominated
Beresina, or The Last Days of Switzerland Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz Swiss German Schmid, DanielDaniel Schmid Not Nominated
Gripsholm Gripsholm German Koller, XavierXavier Koller Not Nominated
In Praise of Love Éloge de l'amour French Godard, Jean-LucJean-Luc Godard Not Nominated
Aime ton père Aime ton père French Berger, JacobJacob Berger Not Nominated
Mein Name Ist Bach Mein Name Ist Bach German de Rivaz, DominiqueDominique de Rivaz Not Nominated
Tout un Hiver sans Feu Tout un Hiver sans Feu French Zglinski, GregGreg Zglinski Not Nominated
Vitus Vitus Swiss German Murer, FrediFredi Murer Nor !Made January Shortlist
Late Bloomers Die Herbstzeitlosen Swiss German Oberli, BettinaBettina Oberli Not Nominated
The Friend Der Freund Swiss German Lewinsky, MichaMicha Lewinsky Not Nominated
Home Home French Meier, UrsulaUrsula Meier Not Nominated
La petite chambre La petite chambre French Chuat, StéphanieStéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond Not Nominated
Summer Games Giochi d'estate Italian Colla, RolandoRolando Colla Not Nominated
Sister L'Enfant d'en haut French Meier, UrsulaUrsula Meier Nor !Made January Shortlist

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