Cannes Film Festival – (Re) discover all the Palmes d’Or since 1946

After having spent a blank year due to Covid-19, the Croisette is finally rolling out the red carpet of its great festival. A 74th edition chaired by filmmaker Spike Lee which opens tonight with the presentation of “Annette”, Leos Carax’s latest film starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard. So let us also vibrate to the rhythm of the festival by returning to its Palmes d’Or, controversial, overwhelming or dubbed, which have made the reputation of the festival since 1946.

A start from history

A first edition taken in the twists and turns of the twentieth century, it was to take place in 1939. The invasion of Poland the same year set fire to the powders and the declaration of war of the United Kingdom and France on Germany d ‘Adolf Hitler in September 1939 bypasses the festival. An edition which was to be chaired by the illustrious Louis Lumiere and who counted in its ranks Hell of the angels of Christian-Jaque, The Ghost Cart of Julien Duvivier, The North Trail of Jacques Feyder or Man from Niger of Jacques de Baroncelli. It was not until 2002 and a jury chaired by the writer Jean d’Ormesson and composed, among others, of Dieter Kosslick, to see the ghost edition crown a feature film. This retrospective Palme d’Or will be awarded to Pacific express of Cecil B. DeMille, 63 years later.

The festival resumes in 1946

  • 1946: Several Palms, including The Lost Weekend of Billy Wilder, The Pastoral Symphony of Jean Delannoy, The last chance of Leopold Lindtberg, Rome, open city of Roberto Rossellini or Torments of Alf Sjöberg and Ingmar bergman
  • 1947: Several awards, including Dumbo of Walt disney.
  • 1948: No festival that year
  • 1949: The Third Man of Carol reed

© Orson Welles – Othello (Cineman Editing)

  • 1950: No festival that year
  • 1951: Two films tied Miss Julie of Alf Sjöberg and Miracle in Milan of Vittorio De Sica
  • 1952: Two films tied Othello of Orson Welles and Two pennies of hope of Renato castellani
  • 1953: The Wages of Fear of Henri-Georges Clouzot
  • 1954: Hell’s Gate of Teinosuke Kinugasa
  • 1955: Marty of Delbert Mann
  • 1956: The World of Silence of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle
  • 1957: The Law of the Lord of William wyler
  • 1958: When the storks pass of Mikhail Kalatozov
  • 1959: Orfeu Negro of Marcel Camus


© Cineteca di Bologna / Reporters Associati – La Dolce Vita by Federico Fellini (Cineman editing)

  • 1960: The good life of Federico Fellini
  • 1961: Two films tied Such a long absence of Henri colpi and Viridiana of Luis Buñuel
  • 1962: The given Word of Anselmo Duarte
  • 1963: Cheetah of Luchino Visconti
  • 1964: Umbrellas of Cherbourg of Jacques Demy
  • 1965: The Knack … and how to get it of Richard lester
  • 1966: Two films tied A man and a woman of Claude lelouch and These ladies and gentlemen of Pietro germi
  • 1967: Blow-up of Michelangelo Antonioni
  • 1968: A festival interrupted because of the events of May 68
  • 1969: If … of Lindsay Anderson


© 1976 – Columbia / TriStar Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese (Cineman editing)

  • 1970: MASH of Robert altman
  • 1971: The messenger of Joseph loosey
  • 1972: Two films tied The working class goes to heaven of Elio petri and The Mattei Affair of Francesco Rosi
  • 1973: Two films tied The mistake of Alan bridges and The Scarecrow of Jerry schatzberg
  • 1974: Secret conversation of Francis Ford Coppola
  • 1975: Chronicle of the years of embers of Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
  • 1976: Taxi Driver of Martin scorsese
  • 1977: Padre padrone of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
  • 1978: The Tree of Hoofs of Ermanno Olmi
  • 1979: Two films tied Apocalypse Now of Francis Ford Coppola and The drum of Volker Schlöndorff


© Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders (Cineman editing)

  • 1980: Two films tied Let the show begin of Bob Fosse and Kagemusha, the shadow of the warrior of Akira Kurosawa
  • nineteen eighty one : Iron man of Andrzej Wajda
  • 1982: Two films tied Missing of Costa-Gavras and Yol, permission of Yılmaz Güney and Şerif Gören
  • 1983: The Ballad of Narayama of Shōhei Imamura
  • 1984: Paris, Texas of Wim wenders
  • 1985: Dad is on a business trip of Emir Kusturica
  • 1986: Mission of Roland Joffé
  • 1987: Under Satan’s Sun of Maurice Pialat
  • 1988: Shovel the Conqueror of August ball
  • 1989: Sex, lies and video of Steven soderbergh


© Wild at Heart by David Lynch (Cineman editing)

  • 1990 : Wild at heart of David lynch
  • 1991: Barton fink of Joel & Ethan Coen
  • 1992: The Best Intentions of August ball
  • 1993: Two films tied Goodbye my concubine of Chen Kaige and The Piano Lesson of Jane campion
  • 1994: pulp Fiction of Quentin Tarantino
  • 1995: Underground of Emir Kusturica
  • 1996: Secrets and Lies of Mike Leigh
  • 1997: Two films tied The Taste of Cherry of Abbas Kiarostami and The eel of Shōhei Imamura
  • 1998: Eternity and a day of Theo Angelopoulos
  • 1999: Rosetta of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne


© 2002 – Focus Features – The Pianist by Roman Polanski (Cineman Editing)

  • 2000: Dancer in the Dark of Lars von Trier
  • 2001: The son’s room of Nanni Moretti
  • 2002: The pianist of Roman Polanski
  • 2003: Elephant of Gus Van Sant
  • 2004 : Fahrenheit 9/11 of Michael moore
  • 2005: The Child of Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne
  • 2006: The wind picks up of Ken loach
  • 2007: 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days of Cristian Mungiu
  • 2008: Between the walls of Laurent Cantet
  • 2009: The White Ribbon of Michael haneke


© 2013 – Sundance Selects – La Vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche (Cineman Editing)

  • 2010: Uncle Boonmee, the one who remembers his past lives of Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • 2011: The Tree of Life of Terrence Malick
  • 2012: Love of Michael haneke
  • 2013: The Life of Adele of Abdellatif Kechiche
  • 2014 : Winter sleep of Nuri Bilge Ceylon
  • 2015 : Dheepan of Jacques Audiard
  • 2016: Me, Daniel Blake of Ken loach
  • 2017: The Square of Ruben Östlund
  • 2018: A family matter of Hirokazu Kore-eda and a unique special Palme d’Or for The Image Book of Jean-Luc Godard.
  • 2019: Parasite of Bong joon-ho
  • 2020: Festival canceled due to Covid-19
  • 2021: Titanium of Julia ducournau
  • 2022: ???

To date, the filmmakers cumulating two Palmes d’Or are:

  • Alf Sjöberg (Sweden) : Torments (1946) and Miss Julie (1951)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (United States) : Secret conversation (1974) and Apocalypse now (1979).
  • Shohei Imamura (Japan): Narayama’s ballad (1983) and Eel (1997).
  • Emir Kusturica (Serbia): Dad is on a business trip (1985) and Underground (1995).
  • August ball (Denmark): Shovel the Conqueror (1988) and The best intentions (1992).
  • Michael haneke (Austria): The white ribbon (2009) and Love (2012)
  • Brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne (Belgium): Rosetta (1999) and The child (2005)

At last Jane campion and Julia ducournau are today the only two directors decorated with the Palme d’Or.

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