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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.

The Third Man (1949)

8.2/10
Director: Carol Reed
Starring: Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

Joseph Cotten is pulp fiction writer Holly Matins, who arrives in Vienna to work for his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to be told that Lime h... Read more

The Third Man ( Blu-ray ) (1949)

8.2/10
Director: Carol Reed
Starring: Alida Valli, Joseph Cotten, Orson Welles, Trevor Howard

Joseph Cotten is pulp fiction writer Holly Matins, who arrives in Vienna to work for his friend Harry Lime (Orson Welles), only to be told that Lime h... Read more

The Tin Drum (1979)

7.6/10
Director: Volker Schlondorff
Starring: David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler

The fantastic and moving tale about the Nazi regime as seen through the eyes of a 'man-boy'. David Bennett, is the child who 'refuses to grow,' in ord... Read more

The Tree of Life (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this complex and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition stars Brad Pitt as the patriarch of a M... Read more

The Tree of Life ( Blu-ray ) (2011)

6.8/10
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain

Written and directed by Terrence Malick, this complex and thought-provoking exploration of the human condition stars Brad Pitt as the patriarch of a M... Read more

The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978)

8/10
Director: Ermanno Olmi
Starring: Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoll, Antonio Ferrari

Ermanno Olmi's heartfelt look at peasant life in Lombardy, Italy at the turn of the century won the Golden Palm Award at Cannes. The story involves th... Read more

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

7.8/10
Director: Jacques Demy
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon

A beautifully restored version of Jacques Demy's classic, bittersweet musical of two young lovers (a luminous Catherine Deneuve and handsome Nino Cast... Read more

The Wages of Fear (1953)

8.1/10
Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot
Starring: Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck

A thriller with surprisingly little violence which is, nevertheless, a hair-raising, hold-onto-the-edge-of-your-seat masterpiece of suspense. A young... Read more

The White Ribbon (2009)

7.8/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Ursina Lardi, Ulrich Tukur, Leonie Benesch, Christian Friedel

Michael Haneke ('Funny Games', 'Code Unknown', etc) does not make films with easy answers. 'The White Ribbon' offers a view of a small pre-WWI German... Read more

The Wind That Shakes The Barley (2006)

7.5/10
Director: Ken Loach
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Padraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Mary Riordan,...

Ken Loach takes on the Irish-English conflict through a story of two brothers who wind up on differing sides of a philosophical divide after joining i... Read more