Swiss submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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2. First Love (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Romance

Based on Ivan Turgeyev's novella, Erste Liebe is about two young lovers in czarist Russia. One is a 21-year-old woman, the other a young man of sixteen. Things take a tragic turn as the ... See full summary »

Director: Maximilian Schell | Stars: John Moulder-Brown, Dominique Sanda, Maximilian Schell, Valentina Cortese

Votes: 145

1970 (Nominated)

3. The Salamander (1971)

125 min | Comedy, Drama

Two men, arty though somewhat staid, are drawn to the spirited and quixotic Rosemonde, a young working-class woman whom they meet because they're writing a teleplay about a minor but ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Bulle Ogier, Jean-Luc Bideau, Jacques Denis, Véronique Alain

Votes: 516

1972

4. The Invitation (1973)

100 min | Comedy

After the death of his mother, middle-aged insurance employee inherits her small cottage surrounded by a garden. Selling the cottage which is situated on unexploited ground near the center ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Goretta | Stars: Jean-Luc Bideau, Jean Champion, Corinne Coderey, Pierre Collet

Votes: 452

1973 (Nominated)

5. The Middle of the World (1974)

115 min | Romance, Drama

Paul is married, a successful engineer, and a conservative candidate in an upcoming local election. He falls in love with Adriana, a café waitress from Italy. Paul's party is very critical ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Olimpia Carlisi, Philippe Léotard, Juliet Berto, Denise Péron

Votes: 214

1974

7. Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000 (1976)

116 min | Drama

The European equivalent of "The Return of the Secaucus 7," this Swiss film looks at the lives of several men and women in their 30s as they confront the slim gains of the "revolutionary" ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Myriam Boyer, Jean-Luc Bideau, Miou-Miou, Jacques Denis

Votes: 945

1976

9. Every Man for Himself (1980)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

An examination of sexual relationships, in which three protagonists interact in different combinations.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jacques Dutronc, Nathalie Baye, Roland Amstutz

Votes: 2,730

1980

10. Das Boot ist voll (1981)

PG | 101 min | Drama, War

During World War II, Switzerland severely limited refugees: "Our boat is full." A train from Germany halts briefly in an isolated corner of Switzerland. Six people jump off seeking asylum: ... See full summary »

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Tina Engel, Hans Diehl, Martin Walz, Curt Bois

Votes: 445

1981 (Nominated)

11. Yol (1982)

PG | 114 min | Drama

When five Turkish prisoners are granted one week's home leave, they find to their dismay that they face continued oppression outside of prison from their families, the culture, and the government.

Directors: Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney | Stars: Tarik Akan, Serif Sezer, Halil Ergün, Meral Orhonsay

Votes: 10,966

1982

12. In the White City (1983)

108 min | Drama

A Swiss sailor jumps ship in Lisbon, tired of the noisy engine room, the ship "a floating factory of crazy people." He rents a room and does little. He writes letters to his lover, ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Teresa Madruga, Julia Vonderlinn, José Carvalho

Votes: 882

1983

13. Dangerous Moves (1984)

100 min | Drama, Sport, Thriller

During the Cold War, the World Chess Championship clashed complete opposites - personal and political.

Director: Richard Dembo | Stars: Michel Piccoli, Alexandre Arbatt, Liv Ullmann, Leslie Caron

Votes: 930

1984 (Won)

14. Alpine Fire (1985)

R | 119 min | Drama

A year on an Alpine farm: an older couple have two children, Belli, who wanted to be a teacher, and the younger Franzi, deaf, and although he works like a man, child-like. Belli teaches him... See full summary »

Director: Fredi M. Murer | Stars: Thomas Nock, Johanna Lier, Dorothea Moritz, Rolf Illig

Votes: 732

1985

15. Der schwarze Tanner (1986)

107 min | Drama, History

Rival families of farmers disagree about which is the most suitable crop to plant.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Otto Mächtlinger, Renate Steiger, Dietmar Schönherr, Ernst C. Sigrist

Votes: 62

1986

16. If the Sun Never Returns (1987)

115 min | Drama

In a mountainside village, where the sun never shines in winter, the old prophet Anzevui announces that, in this year 1937, war will break out and the sun will never shine again. The ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Goretta | Stars: Charles Vanel, Philippe Léotard, Catherine Mouchet, Raoul Billerey

Votes: 60

1987

19. Journey of Hope (1990)

PG | 110 min | Drama

The story of a poor Turkish family who try to emigrate illegally to Switzerland.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Necmettin Çobanoglu, Nur Sürer, Emin Sivas, Erdinç Akbas

Votes: 1,731 | Gross: $0.26M

1990 (Won)

21. Off Season (1992)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

The formerly great Swiss hotel which Valentin's family owned when he was a boy has been emptied and is about to be torn down. He revisits the magical site's empty halls and ballrooms.

Director: Daniel Schmid | Stars: Sami Frey, Carlos Devesa, Ingrid Caven, Dieter Meier

Votes: 108

1992

22. The Diary of Lady M (1993)

120 min | Drama

She's a beautiful gifted performer, but her work is not the sort that invites popular acclaim. Despite the fact that she is unlikely to become famous, she enjoys her life as a performer who... See full summary »

Director: Alain Tanner | Stars: Myriam Mézières, Juanjo Puigcorbé, Félicité Wouassi, Nanou

Votes: 163

1993

23. Three Colors: Red (1994)

R | 99 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

100 Metascore

A model discovers a retired judge is keen on invading people's privacy.

Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski | Stars: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Frédérique Feder, Jean-Pierre Lorit

Votes: 81,151 | Gross: $4.04M

1994 (Disqualified)

24. Adultery: A User's Guide (1995)

91 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

Twenty-four hours in the life of a couple, engulfed in the harsh world of a big city. At the end of these twenty-four hours, Bruno and Fabienne may have touched on the possible solution to ... See full summary »

Director: Christine Pascal | Stars: Richard Berry, Karin Viard, Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Halimi

Votes: 212

1995

25. The Lambs (1996)

90 min | Drama

In a village of the French Juras, Daniel, 15, and Marie, 14, live in the shadow of their brutal, domineering father, who can only express his love through violence. When their mother dies, ... See full summary »

Director: Marcel Schüpbach | Stars: Richard Berry, Brigitte Roüan, Julia Maraval, Alexis Tomassian

Votes: 6

1996

26. For Ever Mozart (1996)

Not Rated | 84 min | Comedy, Drama, War

Jean-Luc Godard's densely packed rumination on the need to create order and beauty in a world ruled by chaos is divided into four distinct but tangentially related stories, including the ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Madeleine Assas, Ghalia Lacroix, Bérangère Allaux, Vicky Messica

Votes: 761

1997

27. War in the Highlands (1998)

105 min | Drama, Romance, War

In the winter of 1797-98, the troops of Napoleon and their revolutionary allies in the Pays de Vaud occupy the latter and begin preparations for a military offensive which will hasten the ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Reusser | Stars: Marion Cotillard, Yann Trégouët, François Marthouret, Antoine Basler

Votes: 63

1998

28. Beresina oder Die letzten Tage der Schweiz (1999)

108 min | Comedy

An innocent Russian call girl believes that she would make use of her influential contacts to get Swiss nationality.

Director: Daniel Schmid | Stars: Elena Panova, Geraldine Chaplin, Martin Benrath, Ulrich Noethen

Votes: 492

1999

29. Gripsholm (2000)

100 min | Drama, Romance

The summerly adventures of Kurt (Tucholsky) and girl friend staying in a Swedish castle whilst the political changes in Germany in the thirties.

Director: Xavier Koller | Stars: Ulrich Noethen, Heike Makatsch, Jasmin Tabatabai, Marcus Thomas

Votes: 336

2000

30. In Praise of Love (2001)

PG | 97 min | Drama

62 Metascore

An author works on a project on the subject of love, and, in the process, crosses paths with a former love in his life.

Director: Jean-Luc Godard | Stars: Bruno Putzulu, Cécile Camp, Jean Davy, Françoise Verny

Votes: 2,565 | Gross: $0.25M

2001

31. A Loving Father (2002)

103 min | Drama

While the whole world thinks writer Léo Shepherd is dead, he is kidnapped by his son Paul.

Director: Jacob Berger | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Guillaume Depardieu, Sylvie Testud, Julien Boisselier

Votes: 570

2002

32. My Name Is Bach (2003)

97 min | Biography, Drama

Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is introduced to King Frederick II of Prussia in 1747. The aging composer and the young monarch clash and a battle of egos ensues.

Director: Dominique de Rivaz | Stars: Vadim Glowna, Jürgen Vogel, Karoline Herfurth, Anatole Taubman

Votes: 282

2004

33. Tout un hiver sans feu (2004)

88 min | Drama

Six months after losing their five years old daughter in a fire in the barn of their little farm, Jean and his wife Laure are facing troubles in their relationship and financial problems. ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Zglinski | Stars: Aurélien Recoing, Marie Matheron, Gabriela Muskala, Blerim Gjoci

Votes: 301

2005

34. Vitus (2006)

PG | 123 min | Drama, Music

63 Metascore

A twelve-year-old piano prodigy who suffocates from his parent's big dreams for him decides to make his escape--and with the aid of his grandfather--chase his own dreams instead.

Director: Fredi M. Murer | Stars: Fabrizio Borsani, Bruno Ganz, Teo Gheorghiu, Julika Jenkins

Votes: 4,532 | Gross: $0.19M

2006 (Shortlisted)

35. Late Bloomers (2006)

90 min | Comedy

Centers around four older ladies from the Emmental region. When four older women decide to turn the local corner shop into a chic lingerie store, the whole community is thrown into disarray.

Director: Bettina Oberli | Stars: Stephanie Glaser, Annemarie Düringer, Heidi Maria Glössner, Monica Gubser

Votes: 980

2007

36. The Friend (2008)

87 min | Drama

In reality Emil (Philippe Graber) and Larissa (Emilie Welti) would never have been a couple she is an idolized singer, he is a shy outsider. Ironically, Emil is just getting to know Larissa... See full synopsis »

Director: Micha Lewinsky | Stars: Philippe Graber, Johanna Bantzer, Andrea Bürgin, Michel Voïta

Votes: 129

2008

37. Home (II) (2008)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama

67 Metascore

Life for an isolated rural family is upended when a major highway next to their property, constructed 10 years before but apparently abandoned, is finally opened.

Director: Ursula Meier | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Adélaïde Leroux, Madeleine Budd

Votes: 3,631

2009

38. The Little Bedroom (2010)

87 min | Drama

69 Metascore

One day, a bad fall forces Edmond to accept Rose's help. Eventually, the two grow closer. The young woman finds relief in confiding painful memories to the older man; things she cannot even... See full summary »

Directors: Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond | Stars: Florence Loiret Caille, Michel Bouquet, Éric Caravaca, Joël Delsaut

Votes: 186 | Gross: $0.01M

2010

39. Summer Games (2011)

R | 141 min | Drama, Romance

The story of an adult and a teenage couple during a brief summer holiday by the sea. While Nic's parents remain trapped in a precarious mutual dependency despite repeated attempts at ... See full summary »

Director: Rolando Colla | Stars: Fiorella Campanella, Armando Condolucci, Alessia Barela, Antonio Merone

Votes: 361

2011

40. Sister (2012)

Unrated | 97 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

A drama set at a Swiss ski resort and centered on a boy who supports his sister by stealing from wealthy guests.

Director: Ursula Meier | Stars: Léa Seydoux, Kacey Mottet Klein, Martin Compston, Gillian Anderson

Votes: 5,874

2012 (Shortlisted)

41. More Than Honey (2012)

Unrated | 95 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

An in-depth look at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia.

Director: Markus Imhoof | Stars: Fred Jaggi, Randolf Menzel, John Miller, Liane Singer

Votes: 3,763 | Gross: $0.07M

2013

42. The Circle (2014)

Not Rated | 102 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

67 Metascore

Zurich, 1956. The young teacher Ernst Ostertag falls head over heels in love with the transvestite star Robi Rapp and finds himself torn between his bourgeois existence and his commitment ... See full summary »

Director: Stefan Haupt | Stars: Matthias Hungerbühler, Peter Jecklin, Marie Leuenberger, Stefan Witschi

Votes: 1,327

2014

43. Iraqi Odyssey (2014)

162 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

Tracing the emigrations of his family over more than half a century, this riveting 3D documentary epic from acclaimed expatriate Iraqi filmmaker Samir pays moving homage to the frustrated ... See full summary »

Director: Samir

Votes: 147

2015

44. My Life as a Zucchini (2016)

PG-13 | 70 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

85 Metascore

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

Director: Claude Barras | Stars: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz

Votes: 17,467 | Gross: $0.29M

2016 (Shortlisted)

45. The Divine Order (2017)

96 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

In 1971, a young housewife organizes the women of her town to petition for the right to vote.

Director: Petra Biondina Volpe | Stars: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner

Votes: 1,784 | Gross: $0.08M

2017



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