The following 13 films, all from different countries, were submitted for the 32nd Academy Awards in the category Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The highlighted titles were the five nominated films, which came from Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and West Germany. The Oscar went to Black Orpheus, a Portuguese-language drama, filmed in Brazil by a French director. The film represented France.
The Netherlands, Pakistan and two Chinese-speaking British colonies- Hong Kong and Singapore- submitted films for the first time.
|Submitting country||Film title used in nomination||Language(s)||Original title||Director(s)||Result|
|Egypt||The Nightingale's Prayer||Arabic||? ? (Doaa al-Karawan)||Henry Barakat||Not Nominated|
|France||Black Orpheus||Portuguese||Orfeu Negro||Marcel Camus||Won Academy Award|
|West Germany||The Bridge||German||Die Brücke||Bernhard Wicki||Nominated|
|Hong Kong||For Better, for Worse||Mandarin||? (Yu guo tian qing)||Yueh Feng||Not Nominated|
|India||The World of Apu||Bengali||? (Opur Shôngshar)||Satyajit Ray||Not Nominated|
|Italy||The Great War||Italian||La Grande guerra||Mario Monicelli||Nominated|
|Japan||Fires on the Plain||Japanese||(Nobi)||Kon Ichikawa||Not Nominated|
|Mexico||Nazarín||Spanish||Nazarín||Luis Buñuel||Not Nominated|
|Netherlands||The Village on the River||Dutch||Dorp aan de rivier||Fons Rademakers||Nominated|
|Pakistan||The Day Shall Dawn||Urdu||Jago Hua Savera||A. J. Kardar||Not Nominated|
|Singapore||The Kingdom and the Beauty||Mandarin||? (Jiang shan mei ren)||Li Han-hsiang||Not Nominated|
|Yugoslavia||Train Without a Timetable||Serbo-Croatian||Vlak bez voznog reda (? ?)||Veljko Bulaji?||Not Nominated|