Female Directed Foreign Language Nomineesby penchofifteenpolls | created - 7 months ago | updated - 6 months ago | Public
In 2010 Kathryn Bigelow made history becoming the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director, putting an end to a wait of 82 years since the first Academy Awards and 34 years since Lina Wertmüller was the first woman ever nominated for this to happen.
In 2021, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell marked the first time there were two nominees in the category.
Making a place for themselves in the Best Director category has been a hard task, but it is not so well known that women have had more success in the International Film Award, where dozens of talented directors have gotten nominations and victories way before Bigelow's historic victory came to happen.
As of 2021, all continents except Oceania have had at least one female director in contention for the award.
This time, we look at this category and ask, which Oscar nominee for International Film directed by a woman is your favorite?
If you don't know them, which one would you like to watch the most?
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1. Boy of Two Worlds (1959)
G | 93 min | Family, Drama
Young boy whose father was from Denmark and mother from a tropical island must live with his paternal aunt in Denmark. His skin color becomes an issue right away and he decides to escape and live in the forest.
Directed by Astrid Henning-Jensen (Denmark)
2. Seven Beauties (1975)
R | 116 min | Comedy, Drama, War
The defense of honor, a strong value in Neapolitan society, and its effects on the life of everyman Pasquale Frafuso.
Votes: 5,554 | Gross: $0.01M
Directed by Lina Wertmüller (Italy)
3. Entre Nous (1983)
PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama, War
A Jewish refugee marries a soldier to escape deportation to Germany. Meanwhile a wealthy art student loses her first husband to a stray Resistance bullet; at the Liberation she meets an actor, gets pregnant, and marries him.
Directed by Diane Kurys (France)
4. Camila (1984)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance
In 1840's Buenos Aires, Argentina, a beautiful young socialite named Camila falls in love with Ladislao, a Jesuit priest. After several failed attempts at fighting his own feelings, he ... See full summary »
Directed by María Luisa Bemberg (Argentina)
First from America
5. Angry Harvest (1985)
R | 105 min | Drama, Romance, War
In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods, and Leon, a local peasant who's now a farmer of some wealth, discovers ... See full summary »
Directed by Agnieszka Holland (West Germany)
6. Three Men and a Cradle (1985)
PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy
Jacques, Pierre, and Michel are three adult friends who enjoy single life until they find themselves stuck with a baby.
Votes: 3,496 | Gross: $2.05M
Directed by Coline Serreau (France)
7. Salaam Bombay! (1988)
Not Rated | 113 min | Crime, Drama
Young Krishna struggles to survive among the drug dealers, pimps, and prostitutes in the back alleys and gutters of India.
Votes: 9,067 | Gross: $2.08M
Directed by Mira Nair (India)
First from Asia
8. Antonia's Line (1995)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama
A Dutch matron establishes and, for several generations, oversees a close-knit, matriarchal community where feminism and liberalism thrive.
Votes: 8,620 | Gross: $4.82M
Directed by Marleen Gorris (Netherlands)
First winning film directed by a woman.
9. A Chef in Love (1996)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Romance
The story of Pascal Ichak, a larger-than-life French traveller, bon vivant, and chef, who falls in love with Georgia and a Georgian princess in the early 1920s. All is well until the ... See full summary »
Votes: 676 | Gross: $0.60M
Directed by Nana Dzhordzhadze (Georgia)
10. The Other Side of Sunday (1996)
PG-13 | 103 min | Comedy, Drama
The Other Side of Sunday criticizes the small, and often tight church community. We follow the Preachers Daughter; Maria, in her journey to liberate herself from the stiff church community and her strict religious father.
Directed by Berit Nesheim (Norway)
11. Beyond Silence (1996)
PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Music
Since the earliest days in her childhood Lara has had a difficult but important task. Both her parents are deaf-mute and Lara has to translate from sign-language to the spoken word and vice... See full summary »
Votes: 4,281 | Gross: $0.17M
Directed by Caroline Link (Germany)
12. The Taste of Others (2000)
R | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The lives of 6 people over 35 in Rouen, France, and their relationship to each other.
Votes: 9,589 | Gross: $0.64M
Directed by Agnès Jaoui (France)
13. Nowhere in Africa (2001)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A German Jewish refugee family moves to and adjusts to a farm life in 1930s Kenya.
Votes: 12,984 | Gross: $6.17M
Directed by Caroline Link (Germany)
14. Zus & Zo (2001)
Unrated | 106 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Zus & Zo shows what three sisters are willing to do to stop their would-be sister-in-law from coming into possession of Paraíso, their beloved family summer home on the Portuguese coast.
Votes: 1,627 | Gross: $0.03M
Directed by Paula van der Oest (Netherlands)
15. Don't Tell (2005)
R | 120 min | Drama, Mystery
Sabina has a regular life. She is satisfied with her job and her love for Franco. But nightmares start disturbing her, at almost the same time she discovers that she's pregnant. Little by ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,455 | Gross: $0.03M
Directed by Cristina Comencini (Italy)
16. Water (I) (2005)
PG-13 | 117 min | Drama
Set in colonial India against Gandhi's rise to power, it's the story of 8-year-old Chuyia, who is widowed and sent to a home to live in penitence; once there, Chuyia's feisty presence deeply affects the lives of the other residents.
Votes: 14,681 | Gross: $3.22M
Directed by Deepa Mehta (Canada)
17. After the Wedding (2006)
R | 120 min | Drama
A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret.
Votes: 33,645 | Gross: $0.41M
Directed by Susanne Bier (Denmark)
18. The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
94 min | Drama, Music
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy. ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,839 | Gross: $0.01M
Directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru)
19. In a Better World (2010)
R | 118 min | Drama, Romance
The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait.
Votes: 39,439 | Gross: $1.01M
Directed by Susanne Bier (Denmark)
20. In Darkness (2011)
R | 145 min | Drama, War
A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov.
Votes: 10,441 | Gross: $1.04M
Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Poland)
21. Toni Erdmann (2016)
R | 162 min | Comedy, Drama
A practical joking father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach.
Votes: 46,600 | Gross: $1.48M
Directed by Maren Ade (Germany)
22. On Body and Soul (2017)
Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
When slaughterhouse workers Endre and Mária discover they share the same dreams, where they meet in a forest as deer and fall in love, they decide to make their dreams come true, but it's difficult in real life.
Directed by Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
23. Capernaum (2018)
R | 126 min | Drama
While serving a five-year sentence for a violent crime, a 12-year-old boy sues his parents for neglect.
Votes: 76,450 | Gross: $1.66M
Directed by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon)
24. Honeyland (2019)
Unrated | 89 min | Documentary, Drama
The last female bee-hunter in Europe must save the bees and return the natural balance in Honeyland, when a family of nomadic beekeepers invade her land and threaten her livelihood.
Votes: 16,418 | Gross: $0.82M
Directed by Tamara Kotevska (North Macedonia)
25. Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)
101 min | Drama, History, War
Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.
Directed by Jasmila Zbanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
26. The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020)
104 min | Drama
His own body turned into a living work of art and promptly exhibited in a museum, Sam, a Syrian refugee, will soon realize to have sold away more than just his skin.
Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)
First from Africa.