Cannes Film Festival: 35 Connoisseur Essentials

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s drama film Shoplifter won the most prestigious award in international cinema, The Palme d’Or at 71st Cannes Film Festival held in May 2018.

The Cannes: 35 Connoisseur Essentials The Cannes: 35 Connoisseur Essentials Source : The Hollywood Reporter


89 films in total have been awarded the Palme d'Or in 71 editions of the festival. In 1939, Cecil B. DeMille's film Union Pacific won the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film award but the first edition of Cannes happened in 1946 where 11 films shared the Palme d'Or (then Grand Prize), which includes Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar, the only Indian film to win the Palme d'Or to this day.


The list includes monumental directors in the history of cinema like Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Federico Fellini, Luis Bunuel, Roberto Rossellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Francis Ford Coppola (twice), Martin Scorsese, Abbas Kiarostami and Michael Haneke.


35 Greatest Films Cannes Winners (Palme d'Or, Grand Prix and Jury Prize)


Rome, Open City (Roberto Rossellini, 1946)

Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1946)

The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)

All About Eve (Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1951)

The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

The Cranes are Flying (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1958)

La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)

L'avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Viridiana (Luis Bunuel, 1961)

The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)

Blow-up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1967)

If... (Lindsay Anderson, 1969)

Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)

The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)

Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (Ermanno Olmi, 1978)

Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)

All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1980)

Kagemusha (Akira Kurosawa, 1980)

Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984)

The Sacrifice (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1986)

Cinema Paradiso (Guiseppe Tornatore, 1989)

The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)

Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

Breaking The Waves (Lars Von Trier, 1996)

Underground (Emir Kusturica, 1995)

Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)

Rosetta (Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, 1999)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)

The Tree of Life (Terrence Mallick, 2011)

Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)


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