Cannes Film Festival: The complete list of Palmes d’Or

The Cannes Film Festival opens its doors today, a 75th edition chaired by actor Vincent Lindon who last year lent his talents to “Titane”, an award-winning film by Julia Ducournau. On this occasion, we invite you to dive back into a few decades of history, through the multiple Palmes d’Or which have made the rain and the good weather of this prestigious film festival.

A start taken in history

A first edition taken in the twists and turns of the 20th century, it was to take place in 1939. The invasion of Poland the same year set fire to the powder and the declaration of war by the United Kingdom and France against Germany. ‘Adolf Hitler in September 1939 bypasses the festival.

An edition which was to be chaired by the illustrious Louis Light and who counted in its ranks Hell of Angels of Christian-Jaque, The Ghost Cart of Julien Duvivier, The North Trail of Jacques Feyder or The Man from Niger of Jacques de Baroncelli. It will be necessary to wait for 2002 and a jury chaired by the writer Jean d’Ormesson and composed, among others, of Dieter Kosslick, to see the ghost edition crowning a feature film. This retrospective Palme d’Or will be awarded to Pacific-Express of Cecil B. DeMille63 years later.

The festival resumed in 1946

  • 1946: Several Palmes, 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 Sjoberg and Ingmar Bergman
  • 1947: Several prizes, including Dumbo of waltz disney.
  • 1948: No festival that year
  • 1949: The Third Man of Carol Reed

The 50s

  • 1950: No festival that year
  • 1951: Two films tied Miss Julie of Alf Sjoberg 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: The Gate of Hell of Teinosuke Kinugasa
  • 1955: Martin 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

The 60s

  • 1960: The good life of Federico Fellini
  • 1961: Two films tied Such a long absence of Henry Colpi and Viridiana of Luis Bunuel
  • 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

The 70’s

  • 1970: MASH of Robert Altman
  • 1971: The messenger of Joseph Losey
  • 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 talk of Francis Ford Coppola
  • 1975: Chronicle of the Ember Years of Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
  • 1976: Taxi Driver of Martin Scorsese
  • 1977: Padre Padrone of Paolo and Vittorio Taviani
  • 1978: The clog tree of Ermanno Olmi
  • 1979: Two films tied Apocalypse Now of Francis Ford Coppola and The drum of Volker Schlöndorff

The 80s

  • 1980: Two films tied Let the show begin of Bob Fosse and Kagemusha, the warrior’s shadow 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 Serif Goren
  • 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: Assignment of Roland Joffe
  • 1987: Under Satan’s Sun of Maurice Pialat
  • 1988: Shovel the Conqueror of Bill August
  • 1989: Sex, lies and video of Steven Soderbergh

The 90’s

  • 1990 : Wild at Heart of David Lynch
  • 1991: Barton Fink of Joel & Ethan Coen
  • 1992: Best Intentions of Bill August
  • 1993: Two films tied Farewell 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 Eel of Shōhei Imamura
  • 1998: eternity and a day of Theo Angelopoulos
  • 1999: Rosetta of Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne

The 2000s

  • 2000: Dancer in the Dark of Lars von Trier
  • 2001: The Son’s Room of Nanni Moretti
  • 2002: The pianist of Roman Polansky
  • 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 Christian Mungiu
  • 2008: Between the walls of Laurent Cantet
  • 2009: The White Ribbon of Michael Haneke

The 2010s

  • 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: I, Daniel Blake of Ken Loach
  • 2017: The Square of Ruben Ostlund
  • 2018: A family matter of Hirokazu Kore-eda and an unprecedented special Palme d’or for The picture book of Jean-Luc Godard.
  • 2019: Parasite of Bong Joon-ho

The 2020s

  • 2020: Festival canceled due to Covid-19
  • 2021: Titanium of Julia Ducournau
  • 2022: Triangle of Sadness of Ruben Ostlund.

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

  • Alf Sjoberg (Sweden) : Torments (1946) and Miss Julie (1951)
  • Francis Ford Coppola (UNITED STATES) : secret talk (1974) and Apocalypse now (1979).
  • Shohei Imamura (Japan): The Ballad of Narayama (1983) and eel (1997).
  • Emir Kusturica (Serbia): Dad is on a business trip (1985) and Underground (1995).
  • Bill August (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)
  • Ruben Ostlund (Sweden) : The Square (2017) and Triangle of Sadness (2022)

Finally Jane Campion and Julia Ducournau are today the only two directors decorated with the Palme d’Or.

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Cannes Film Festival: The complete list of Palmes d’Or