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Poll: Female Directed Foreign Language Nominees

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?

Poll by Pencho15

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    Boy of Two Worlds (1959)

    Directed by Astrid Henning-Jensen (Denmark)
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    Seven Beauties (1975)

    Directed by Lina Wertmüller (Italy)
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    Entre Nous (1983)

    Directed by Diane Kurys (France)
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    Camila (1984)

    Directed by María Luisa Bemberg (Argentina)

    First from America

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    Angry Harvest (1985)

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland (West Germany)
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    Three Men and a Cradle (1985)

    Directed by Coline Serreau (France)
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    Salaam Bombay! (1988)

    Directed by Mira Nair (India)

    First from Asia

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    Antonia's Line (1995)

    Directed by Marleen Gorris (Netherlands)

    First winning film directed by a woman.

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    A Chef in Love (1996)

    Directed by Nana Dzhordzhadze (Georgia)
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    The Other Side of Sunday (1996)

    Directed by Berit Nesheim (Norway)
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    Beyond Silence (1996)

    Directed by Caroline Link (Germany)
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    The Taste of Others (2000)

    Directed by Agnès Jaoui (France)
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    Nowhere in Africa (2001)

    Directed by Caroline Link (Germany)

    Second Winner

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    Zus & Zo (2001)

    Directed by Paula van der Oest (Netherlands)
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    Don't Tell (2005)

    Directed by Cristina Comencini (Italy)
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    Water (2005)

    Directed by Deepa Mehta (Canada)
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    After the Wedding (2006)

    Directed by Susanne Bier (Denmark)
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    The Milk of Sorrow (2009)

    Directed by Claudia Llosa (Peru)
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    In a Better World (2010)

    Directed by Susanne Bier (Denmark)

    Third winner

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    In Darkness (2011)

    Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Poland)
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    Toni Erdmann (2016)

    Directed by Maren Ade (Germany)
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    On Body and Soul (2017)

    Directed by Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
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    Capernaum (2018)

    Directed by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon)
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    Honeyland (2019)

    Directed by Tamara Kotevska (North Macedonia)
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    Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)

    Directed by Jasmila Zbanic (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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    The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020)

    Directed by Kaouther Ben Hania (Tunisia)

    First from Africa.

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