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

Egypt has submitted films for consideration for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1958, when Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station became both the first African and the first Arab film to contend for the award.

The Foreign Film award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue. The award was created for the 1956 Academy Awards, succeeding the non-competitive Honorary Academy Awards which were presented between 1947 and 1955 to the best foreign language films released in the United States.

Egypt has submitted thirty films to the Foreign Oscar competition but has never yet achieved a coveted Oscar nomination. They virtually disappeared from the competition during the sixteen-year period between 1982-2001 (sending a total of three films), but returned as a regular participant in 1999.

Youssef Chahine represented Egypt four times, more than any other director.

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.[1] 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.[2] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by Egypt for review by the Academy for the award by year.

Submissions between 1966 and 1971 were submitted under the name of the United Arab Republic, which was the formal name of Egypt at the time.

All films were in Arabic.

Year
(Ceremony)
Film title used in nomination Original title Director Result
1958
(31st)
Cairo Station باب الحديد Chahine, YoussefYoussef Chahine Not Nominated
1959
(32nd)
The Nightingale's Prayer دعاء الكروان Barakat, HenryHenry Barakat Not Nominated
1960
(33rd)
Teenagers المراهقات Diaeddin, AhmedAhmed Diaeddin Not Nominated
1961
(34th)
Love and Faith وا إسلاماه Bomba, EnricoEnrico Bomba, Andrew Marton Not Nominated
1962
(35th)
Chased by the Dogs اللص والكلاب El Sheikh, KamalKamal El Sheikh Not Nominated
1964
(37th)
Mother of the Bride أم العروسة Salem, AtefAtef Salem Not Nominated
1965
(38th)
The Impossible المستحيل Kamal, HusseinHussein Kamal Not Nominated
1966
(39th)
Cairo 30 القاهرة 30 Seif, Salah AbuSalah Abu Seif Not Nominated
1970
(43rd)
The Night of Counting the Years المومياء Abdel Salam, ShadiShadi Abdel Salam Not Nominated
1971
(44th)
A Woman and a Man امرأة و رجل Mostafa, Houssam EddineHoussam Eddine Mostafa Not Nominated
1972
(45th)
My Wife and the Dog زوجتي و الكلب Marzouk, SaidSaid Marzouk Not Nominated
1973
(46th)
Empire M إمبراطورية ميم Kamal, HusseinHussein Kamal Not Nominated
1974
(47th)
Enslaved by the Past Not Nominated
1975
(48th)
I Want a Solution أريد حلاً Marzouk, SaidSaid Marzouk Not Nominated
1976
(49th)
Whom Should We Shoot? على من نطلق الرصاص El Sheikh, KamalKamal El Sheikh Not Nominated
1979
(52nd)
Alexandria... Why? إسكندرية... ليه؟ Chahine, YoussefYoussef Chahine Not Nominated
1981
(54th)
People on the Top أهل القمة Badrakhan, AliAli Badrakhan Not Nominated
1990
(63rd)
Alexandria, Again and Forver اسكندرية كمان وكمان Chahine, YoussefYoussef Chahine Not Nominated
1994
(67th)
Land of Dreams أرض الاحلام Sayed, Daoud AbdelDaoud Abdel Sayed Not Nominated
1997
(70th)
Destiny المصير Chahine, YoussefYoussef Chahine Not Nominated
2002
(75th)
The Secret of the Young Girl أسرار البنات Aly, Magdy AhmedMagdy Ahmed Aly Not Nominated
2003
(76th)
Sleepless Nights سهر الليالى Khalifa, HanyHany Khalifa Not Nominated
2004
(77th)
I Love Cinema بحب السيما Fawzy, OsamaOsama Fawzy Not Nominated
2006
(79th)
The Yacoubian Building عمارة يعقوبيان Hamed, MarwanMarwan Hamed Not Nominated
2007
(80th)
In the Heliopolis Flat في شقة مصر الجديدة Khan, MohamedMohamed Khan Not Nominated
2008
(81st)
The Island الجزيرة Arafa, SherifSherif Arafa Not Nominated
2010
(83rd)
Messages from the Sea[3] رسائل بحر Sayed, Daoud AbdelDaoud Abdel Sayed Not Nominated[4]
2011
(84th)
Lust[5] لشوق Hagar, Khaled ElKhaled El Hagar Not Nominated
2013
(86th)
Winter of Discontent[6] الشتا إللى فات El Batout, IbrahimIbrahim El Batout Not Nominated
2014
(87th)
Factory Girl[7] فتاة المصنع Khan, MohamedMohamed Khan
TBD

The Egyptian Academy has been known in recent years for choosing topical films that are controversial at home. Coptic Christians launched an unsuccessful court case against 2004 submission I Love Cinema [8] while dozens of Egyptian parliamentarians and a number of Muslim clerics similarly tried to ban The Yacoubian Building for depicting its depictions of Islamic fundamentalism and particularly homosexuality.[9] 2002's Secret of the Young Girl a drama about teenage pregnancy,[10] and 2003's Sleepless Nights, an examination of sex, divorce and relationships inside and outside of marriage [11] also courted controversy among conservatives in Egypt.

See also

References

  1. ^ "History of the Academy Awards - Page 2". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Messages From The Sea represents Egypt in Oscar". alarabiacinema. Retrieved 2010-10-01. 
  4. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  6. ^ "Egypt Pics “Winter” as its Oscar Contender". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Oscars: Egypt Selects 'Factory Girl' for Foreign-Language Category". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  8. ^ http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/699/eg7.htm
  9. ^ http://www.aljadid.com/interviews/Alaa-al-Aswany-interview.html
  10. ^ "Girls' secrets aired in Egypt". BBC News. 5 May 2001. Retrieved 8 May 2010. 
  11. ^ http://www.screendaily.com/egyptian-oscar-nominee-courts-controversy/4014993.article

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • The Motion Picture Credits Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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