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

Russia has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1992. Prior to that, Russian films were strongly represented among the films submitted by the former Soviet Union. 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] After the breakup of the Soviet Union, films representing the Russian Federation have had five nominations, including one Oscar win for Burnt by the Sun.[2]

Nikita Mikhalkov has been chosen to represent Russia five times. While The Barber of Siberia was disqualified when the print did not arrive in Los Angeles in time, the other three films were all nominated for an Oscar.


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 Russia for review by the Academy since 1992. All Russian submissions were filmed mostly in Russian.

Among the submissions were a horror film about vampires (2004), a Russian film dubbed into German (1999), a controversial anti-corruption film (2014) and a slew of historical dramas.

Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
Close to Eden Урга Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Nominated
Burnt by the Sun Утомлённые солнцем Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Won Academy Award
A Moslem Мусульманин Khotinenko, VladimirVladimir Khotinenko Not Nominated
Prisoner of the Mountains Кавказский пленник Bodrov, SergeiSergei Bodrov Nominated
The Thief Вор Chukhray, PavelPavel Chukhray Nominated
The Barber of Siberia [3] Сибирский цирюльник Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Disqualifed
Moloch Молох Sokurov, AlexanderAlexander Sokurov Not Nominated
His Wife's Diary Дневник его жены Uchitel, AlexeiAlexei Uchitel Not Nominated
The Romanovs: An Imperial Family Романовы - Венценосная семья Panfilov, GlebGleb Panfilov Not Nominated
House of Fools Дом дураков Konchalovsky, AndreiAndrei Konchalovsky Not Nominated
The Return Возвращение Zvyagintsev, AndreiAndrei Zvyagintsev Not Nominated
Night Watch Ночной дозор Bekmambetov, TimurTimur Bekmambetov Not Nominated
The Italian Итальянец Kravchuk, AndreiAndrei Kravchuk Not Nominated
9th Company 9 рота Bondarchuk, FedorFedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
12 12 Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Nominated
Mermaid Русалка Melikian, AnnaAnna Melikian Not Nominated
Ward No. 6 Палата №6 Gornovsky, AleksandrAleksandr Gornovsky and Karen Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
The Edge Край Uchitel, AlexeiAlexei Uchitel Not Nominated[4]
Burnt by the Sun 2: The Citadel[5] Утомлённые солнцем 2: Цитадель Mikhalkov, NikitaNikita Mikhalkov Not Nominated
White Tiger[6] Белый тигр Shakhnazarov, KarenKaren Shakhnazarov Not Nominated
Stalingrad[7] Сталинград Bondarchuk, FedorFedor Bondarchuk Not Nominated
Leviathan[8] Левиафан Andrey Zvyagintsev Nominated[9]
Sunstroke[10] Солнечный удар Nikita Mikhalkov Not Nominated
Paradise[11] Рай Andrei Konchalovsky

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "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. last updated in March 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-15. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. Disqualified when a print didn't arrive in Los Angeles in time
  4. "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  5. "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Retrieved 2011-10-14.
  6. "Karen Shakhnazarov's "White Tiger"nominated for Oscar". PanArmenian. PanArmenian. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  7. "Russia Nominates WWII Movie 'Stalingrad' for Oscars". RIA. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  8. "Oscars: Russia Shockingly Submits Russia-Bashing Hit 'Leviathan' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  9. "Oscar Nominations 2015: See The Full List". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  10. Holdsworth, Nick (22 September 2015). "Oscars: Russia Nominates 'Sunstroke' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  11. Kozlov, Vladimir (20 September 2016). "Oscars: Russia Selects 'Paradise' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
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