Cannes - Palme d'Or

The Cannes Film Festival is the world's most prestigious film festival, first held in 1946 in the resort town of Cannes, in the south of France. Since then, it has been held annually in May with a few exceptions. Given massive media exposure, the non-public Festival is attended by many movie stars and is a popular venue for movie producers to launch their new films and attempt to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe. The most prestigious award at Cannes is the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film, sometimes shared by multiple films in one year. Below are the past winners of this most cherished trophy. Right: Michael Moore gets his for Fahrenheit 9/11.

Othello (Welles) (1952)

Director: Orson Welles
Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Macliammoir, Robert Coote

Shot entirely out of sequence over four years because of budget difficulties, this would be one of the most fascinating attempts at Shakespeare ever f... Read more

Padre Padrone (1977)

Director: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani
Starring: Omero Antonutti, Saverio Marioni, Fabrizio Forte

The tale of a boy who grows up to become a linguistics professor, thereby escaping the despotic tyranny of a father who wants him to train as a shephe... Read more

Paris, Texas (1984)

Director: Wim Wenders
Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski, Dean Stockwell, Aurore Clement, Hunter Car...

Sam Shepard wrote this lyrical and moving American tale directed by German filmmaker Wim Wenders. Beautifully photographed by Robby Muller with music... Read more

Pelle The Conqueror (1988)

Director: Bille August
Starring: Erik Paaske, Max von Sydow, Pelle Hvenegaard

Winner of the Cannes Festival Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture, Bille August's moving film features a remarkable performance... Read more

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Pl...

An audacious crime thriller that won 'Best Picture' at the Cannes Film Festival and is one exhilarating ride from start to finish. John Travolta and S... Read more

Pulp Fiction ( Blu-ray ) (1994)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Amanda Plummer, Bruce Willis, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Harvey Keitel, Jo...

An audacious crime thriller that won 'Best Picture' at the Cannes Film Festival and is one exhilarating ride from start to finish. John Travolta and S... Read more

Rosetta / La Promesse (1999)

Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Emilie Dequenne, Fabrizio Rongione, Anne Yernaux, Jeremie Renier, Olivier Gourme...

'Rosetta' (1999, 90 mins) Winner of the 1999 Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and widely hailed as a masterpiece, 'Rosetta' is an extraordinary... Read more

Scarecrow (1973)

Director: Jerry Schatzberg
Starring: Gene Hackman, Al Pacino, Dorothy Tristan

Two towering performances by Al Pacino and Gene Hackman dominate this unusual but fascinating buddy film with Pacino and Hackman as drifters who team... Read more

Secrets and Lies (1996)

Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Brenda Blethyn, Phyllis Logan, Timothy Spall, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Claire Rus...

A 27 year old black London Optometrist decides to seek out the woman who gave her up for adoption after she was born. The search leads to a surprising... Read more

sex, lies, and videotape (1989)

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Andie MacDowell, James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Peter Gallagher

An original, quirky film that won newcomer Steven Soderbergh the top prize at Cannes and captured the imaginations of audiences worldwide. Graham Dalt... Read more