Oscar: Foreign Language Film Oscar–Sundays and Cybele (1962)

In the charming French film, “Sundays and Cybele,” directed and co-written by Serge Bourguignon, a German soldier (played by Hardy Kruger), who gad suffered emotional and mental damages from a plane crash during WWII, is mistaken to be the father of a young girl in a French boarding school.

 
The story centers on the intimate, unlikely friendship that evolves between the girl and the German, who spend most of their Sundays together. Things change when his nurse spots him in the forest with the girl, leading to tragic results.
 
Oscar Nominations: 3
 
Foreign Language Film
Screenplay (Adapted): Serge Bourguignon and Antoine Tudal
Scoring: Maurice Jarre
 
Oscar Awards: 1
 
Foreign Language
 
Oscar Context
 
The winner of the Screenplay Oscar was John Osborn for “Tom Jones,” which also won Best Picture. Billy Wilder’s “Irma La Douce” received the Scoring Award.
 
The French feature won the foreign language Oscar in a contest that included “Electra” from Greece, “The Four Days of Naples” from Italy, “The Keeper of Promises” (aka “The Given World”) from Brazil, and “Tlayucan” from Mexico.