Belgian and Luxembourgian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmby kingwilson | created - 31 May 2011 | updated - 31 May 2011 | Public
Luxembourg does not yet have enough titles to warrant its own list, so I've stuck it with Belgium. Once it reaches fifteen I'll split this into two.
Belgian titles are listed first, followed by Luxembourgian.
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1. Le départ (1967)
93 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy
A fast-paced comedy about a young Belgian car nut and hairdresser's apprentice, his girlfriend, and their legal and illegal attempts to get a Porsche under him for his nearing debut race.
3. Paix sur les champs (1970)
91 min | Drama
Peace in the Fields takes place around 1925. Stanne a wealthy Flemish farmer, is alleged to have murdered his fiancée 20 years before. Although the case against him was dismissed fierce ... See full summary »
5. De loteling (1974)
93 min | Drama
In 1833, when the fledgling Belgian kingdom still fears a Dutch invasion, recruits were selected annually from an age cohort by a draw of lots in each locality. In this grim, then ... See full summary »
6. High Street (1976)
94 min | Drama
David, an American Jewish painter in Brussels for an exhibit, becomes obsessed with Mimi, a mentally ill Belgium woman. As he uncovers the World War II roots of her disturbance, however, he increasingly manifests her symptoms.
7. Rubens, schilder en diplomaat (1977)
260 min | Biography, Drama, History
This historical costume drama is a mini-series on the life of Flemish first-rate Baroque painter Pieter Pauwel Rubens (1577-1640), whose artistic success throughout Europe not only made him... See full summary »
8. Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf (1979)
111 min | Drama, Romance, War
The story of a woman's love for two young men. Antwerp, 1940. Lieve marries Adriaan, a Flemish idealist who is drawn towards Germany by the occupation to the Eastern Front. She shelters the... See full summary »
10. Menuet (1982)
84 min | Drama
A factory worker is employed in the desolate, cold-storage cellars of a brewery. His spare time he devotes to collecting romantic images of wild flowers and sticking newspaper cuttings in ... See full summary »
11. Dust (1985)
88 min | Drama
A South African spinster (Jane Birkin) murders her father (Trevor Howard) after he rapes the wife of the black foreman for his plantation.
This is an English-language movie. Don't ask me.
13. Les noces barbares (1987)
99 min | Drama
Nicole is a rape victim. Her son, the result of this tragic event, is cut off, harassed, unloved, ostracized. He develops a neurotic personality, despite attempts to engage his hostile mother in a dialogue of affection and recognition.
14. The Music Teacher (1988)
PG | 95 min | Drama, Music
Aging opera singer Joachim Dallayrac retires from the stage and retreats to the countryside to school two young singers, Sophie and Jean. Although the rigorous training takes its toll on ... See full summary »
Votes: 782 | Gross: $1.09M
16. Toto le héros (1991)
PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »
Votes: 4,800 | Gross: $1.23M
17. Daens (1992)
138 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »
18. Just Friends (1993)
95 min | Drama, Music
Jack has a tenor saxophone and he plays jazz. In the 1950s, in the Belgian harbor town Antwerp, there is not a lot off future for a jazz musician. Jack and his band try to earn a living by ... See full summary »
19. Farinelli (1994)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Farinelli, is the artistic name of Carlo Broschi, a young singer in Handel's time. He was castrated in his childhood in order to preserve his voice. During his life he becomes to be a very ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,716 | Gross: $2.12M
22. Ma Vie en Rose (1997)
R | 88 min | Drama
Ludovic is a transgender girl who is coming out. She talks of marrying her neighbor's son and can not understand why everyone is so surprised about it. Her family and neighbors struggle ... See full summary »
Votes: 8,010 | Gross: $2.28M
23. Rosie (1998)
97 min | Drama
In a juvenile lockup, a new ward answers questions: she's Rosie, 13, no parents, a sister Irene, a brother Michel. In flashbacks we find out what happened. She lives with Irene, who's 27, ... See full summary »
Votes: 524 | Gross: $0.01M
24. Rosetta (1999)
R | 95 min | Drama
Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.
Votes: 11,063 | Gross: $0.26M
25. Everybody's Famous! (2000)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music
Jean is a family man and factory worker who dreams of becoming a songwriter. Pinning his hopes on his teenage daughter, Marva, he takes her to singing contests in which the awkward and ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,983 | Gross: $0.07M
26. Pauline & Paulette (2001)
PG | 78 min | Comedy, Drama
Pauline is a 'little girl of 66 years old'. She is intellectually disabled and been cared after by her sister Martha. When Martha dies, her two younger sisters, Paulette and Cecile have to ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,632 | Gross: $0.14M
27. Le fils (2002)
99 min | Drama, Mystery
A joinery instructor at a rehab center refuses to take a new teen as his apprentice, but then begins to follow the boy through the hallways and streets.
Votes: 8,136 | Gross: $0.07M
28. Sea of Silence (2003)
105 min | Drama, History
Caro, a 9 year old girl, wants to understand the mysteries of the world around her. However, her religious education and the modern world don't always seem to make a good match.
29. The Memory of a Killer (2003)
R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Vincke and Verstuyft are the best detectives of the Antwerp police department. They are confronted with the murder on a leading executive and put all their effort to catch the murderer.
Votes: 8,897 | Gross: $0.33M
30. L'enfant (2005)
R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living off her benefit and the thefts committed by his gang, have a new source of money: their newborn son.
Votes: 16,123 | Gross: $0.65M
32. Ben X (2007)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.
Votes: 17,544 | Gross: $0.00M
34. De helaasheid der dingen (2009)
Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama
13-year-old Gunther Strobbe grows up surrounded by alcohol, trash and his completely useless father and uncles. Slowly but surely, he's being prepared for the same hapless life. Can he defy his destiny?
35. Illégal (2010)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama
A single mother of a thirteen-year-old boy from Belarus seeks refuge in Belgium with dreams of a better life, but instead, she will be incarcerated and separated from her son, risking deportation.
Votes: 818 | Gross: $0.00M
36. Elles (1997)
115 min | Drama, Romance, Comedy
Five women, all near the wrong side of forty, face life's ups and downs together with laughter, tears, and sometimes irony. Their only imperative: live, love and live some more.
37. Back in Trouble (1997)
PG | 95 min | Comedy, Action, Crime
Unsuccessful Luxembourg bank robber Johnny Chicago is released from prison and immediately and incompetently attempts to resume his life of crime. In a few days he manages to get his old ... See full summary »
38. Dead Man's Hand (2002)
77 min | Drama, Comedy
Jean V., bailiff of forty, plies his trade with talent but without showing humanity. He is married to Nicole, 35 years and consumer crisis. Regularly, Jean George uses the services, chronic... See full summary »
39. I Always Wanted to Be a Saint (2003)
G | 90 min | Drama
"Thereâ€TMs a balance in the world. Itâ€TMs like a boomerang! If I do good around me, nothing bad will ever happen to me. When I do good around me, it always comes back to meâ... See full summary »
40. Le roman de Renart (2005)
PG | 90 min | Animation
41. Masz na imie Justine (2005)
97 min | Thriller
While living with her grandmother in Poland, a young woman falls in love. Her boyfriend is charming and suggests they travel around Europe and work here and there to pay for their trip. ... See full summary »
42. Perl oder Pica (2006)
90 min | Drama
The story beginns on 24 October 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis. The Second World War with its hardships and bombs, the Nazi occupation and the collaborators, is still on ... See full synopsis »
43. Nuits d'Arabie (2007)
G | 110 min | Drama
Georges's life is turned upside-down when he meets Yamina and decides to help her. While she seems to be persecuted and living in hiding, Georges's reality is rooted in a daily routine ... See full summary »
44. Réfractaire (2009)
97 min | Drama
May 1944. A young man just out of college returns to his hometown in Luxembourg. Refusing to fight on the German side, he chooses a clandestine life and joins other deserters in an abandoned mine.