Belgian and Luxembourgian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by 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.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski | Stars: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Catherine-Isabelle Duport, Jacqueline Bir, Paul Roland

Votes: 538

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 »

Director: Jacques Boigelot | Stars: Christian Barbier, Georges Poujouly, Claire Wauthion, Héléna Manson

Votes: 20

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 »

Director: Roland Verhavert | Stars: Jan Decleir, Ansje Beentjes, Gaston Vandermeulen, Gella Allaert

Votes: 176

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.

Director: André Ernotte | Stars: Annie Cordy, Mort Shuman, Bert Struys, Guy Verda

Votes: 24

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 »

Director: Roland Verhavert | Stars: Serge Adriaensen, Eddy Asselbergs, Tine Balder, Marc Bober

Votes: 9

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 »

Director: André Delvaux | Stars: Marie-Christine Barrault, Rutger Hauer, Roger Van Hool, Senne Rouffaer

Votes: 160

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 »

Director: Lili Rademakers | Stars: Akkemay, Lydia Billiet, Theu Boermans, Dirk Celis

Votes: 40

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.

Director: Marion Hänsel | Stars: Jane Birkin, Trevor Howard, John Matshikiza, Nadine Uwampa

Votes: 169

This is an English-language movie. Don't ask me.

12. Springen (1986)

105 min | Comedy, Thriller

"Semper Vivax" is not just another retirement home. The guests there get their best real-life memories played out for them.

Director: Jean-Pierre De Decker | Stars: Herbert Flack, Mark Verstraete, Maya van den Broecke, Tine Balder

Votes: 73

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.

Director: Marion Hänsel | Stars: Marianne Basler, Thierry Frémont, Yves Cotton, Marie-Ange Dutheil

Votes: 127

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 »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: José van Dam, Anne Roussel, Philippe Volter, Sylvie Fennec

Votes: 782 | Gross: $1.09M

15. Het sacrament (1989)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

The Heylen family's annual get-together to commemorate their mother derails completely.

Director: Hugo Claus | Stars: Ann Petersen, Carl Ridders, Jan Decleir, Hugo Van Den Berghe

Votes: 159

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 »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

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 »

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje de Boeck, Michael Pas

Votes: 3,477

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 »

Director: Marc-Henri Wajnberg | Stars: Philippe Aerts, Stéphane Auberghen, Charles Berling, Jose Besprovany

Votes: 64

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 »

Director: Gérard Corbiau | Stars: Stefano Dionisi, Enrico Lo Verso, Elsa Zylberstein, Caroline Cellier

Votes: 5,716 | Gross: $2.12M

20. Manneken Pis (1995)

89 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A young man having lost his familiy as a boy in an accident comes to Brussels. There he falls in love with a girl who drives trams.

Director: Frank Van Passel | Stars: Frank Vercruyssen, Antje de Boeck, Ann Petersen, Wim Opbrouck

Votes: 608

21. The Eighth Day (1996)

118 min | Comedy, Drama

An unusual and wonderful friendship develops between a busy but unhappy salesman and a resident of a mental asylum.

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Pascal Duquenne, Miou-Miou, Henri Garcin

Votes: 8,171 | Gross: $0.33M

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 »

Director: Alain Berliner | Stars: Georges Du Fresne, Michèle Laroque, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Hélène Vincent

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 »

Director: Patrice Toye | Stars: Aranka Coppens, Sara de Roo, Dirk Roofthooft, Joost Wynant

Votes: 524 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Rosetta (1999)

R | 95 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Young and impulsive Rosetta lives with her alcoholic mother and, moved by despair, she will do anything to maintain a job.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Émilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Olivier Gourmet

Votes: 11,063 | Gross: $0.26M

25. Everybody's Famous! (2000)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

60 Metascore

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 »

Director: Dominique Deruddere | Stars: Josse De Pauw, Eva van der Gucht, Werner De Smedt, Thekla Reuten

Votes: 2,983 | Gross: $0.07M

26. Pauline & Paulette (2001)

PG | 78 min | Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

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 »

Director: Lieven Debrauwer | Stars: Dora van der Groen, Ann Petersen, Rosemarie Bergmans, Julienne De Bruyn

Votes: 1,632 | Gross: $0.14M

27. Le fils (2002)

99 min | Drama, Mystery

86 Metascore

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.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Olivier Gourmet, Morgan Marinne, Isabella Soupart, Nassim Hassaïni

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.

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Huub Stapel, Johanna ter Steege, Neeltje de Vree, Nyk Runia

Votes: 253

29. The Memory of a Killer (2003)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

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.

Director: Erik Van Looy | Stars: Koen De Bouw, Werner De Smedt, Jan Decleir, Laurien Van den Broeck

Votes: 8,897 | Gross: $0.33M

30. L'enfant (2005)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

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.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Jérémie Renier, Déborah François, Jérémie Segard, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 16,123 | Gross: $0.65M

31. Someone Else's Happiness (2005)

98 min | Drama

A village outside Brussels in rocked by the hit-and-run killing of a child.

Director: Fien Troch | Stars: Ina Geerts, Johanna ter Steege, Johan Leysen, Natali Broods

Votes: 436

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.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 17,544 | Gross: $0.00M

33. Eldorado (2008)

TV-MA | 80 min | Comedy, Drama

Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents.

Director: Bouli Lanners | Stars: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon, Didier Toupy

Votes: 1,947 | Gross: $0.01M

34. De helaasheid der dingen (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

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?

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Kenneth Vanbaeden, Valentijn Dhaenens, Koen De Graeve, Wouter Hendrickx

Votes: 8,574

35. Illégal (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

54 Metascore

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.

Director: Olivier Masset-Depasse | Stars: Anne Coesens, Alexandre Gontcharov, Milo Masset-Depasse, Natalia Belokonskaya

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.

Director: Luís Galvão Teles | Stars: Miou-Miou, Carmen Maura, Marthe Keller, Marisa Berenson

Votes: 279

Luxembourg

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 »

Director: Andy Bausch | Stars: Thierry van Werveke, Ender Frings, Oscar Ortega Sánchez, Nicole Max

Votes: 66

Luxembourg

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 »

Directors: Philippe Boon, Laurent Brandenbourger | Stars: Albert Dupontel, Marie Trintignant, Serge Larivière, Bouli Lanners

Votes: 124

Luxembourg

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 »

Director: Geneviève Mersch | Stars: Marie Kremer, Thierry Lefevre, Jeannine Godinas, Raphaëlle Blancherie

Votes: 89

Luxembourg

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 »

Director: Franco de Pena | Stars: Anna Cieslak, Arno Frisch, Rafal Mackowiak, Mathieu Carrière

Votes: 376

Luxembourg

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 »

Director: Pol Cruchten | Stars: Ben Hoscheit, André Jung, Nicole Max, Anouk Wagener

Votes: 136

Luxembourg

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 »

Director: Paul Kieffer | Stars: Jules Werner, Sabrina Ouazani, Anne Marie Solvi, Marco Lorenzini

Votes: 67

Luxembourg

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.

Director: Nicolas Steil | Stars: Pierre Niney, Arthur Dupont, Guillaume Gouix, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet

Votes: 61

Luxembourg



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