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.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Director: Cristian Mungiu
Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Set in 1980s Bucharest during Ceaucescu's brutal reign, this intense drama centres on two young women, one of whom finds herself pregnant. Her best fr... Read more

A Man and a Woman (1966)

Director: Claude Lelouch
Starring: Anouk Aimee, Jean-Louis Trintignant

One of cinema's great romances, this lyrical Claude Lelouch love story between widowed script girl Anouk Aimee and auto racer/widower Jean-Louis Trint... Read more

All That Jazz (1979)

Director: Bob Fosse
Starring: Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Roy Scheider, Leland Palmer, Ben Vereen, Cliff Gorm...

Bob Fosse casts Roy Scheider as basically himself in this semi-autobiographical musical extravaganza. He's a talented director/choreographer who loves... Read more

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Sam Bottoms, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Laurence Fishburne, Har...

A flawed masterpiece, intended as the definitive Vietnam film, based on Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness'. With Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall, Dennis... Read more

Apocalypse Now ( Blu-ray ) (1979)

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Albert Hall, Dennis Hopper, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Laurence Fishburne,...

Francis Ford Coppola directed, produced, and co-wrote this masterful Vietnam War-updating of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness." The film chronicles... Read more

Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Director: Shohei Imamura
Starring: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto

In a small 19th-century Japanese village, residents who reach the age of 70 are banished to the top of Mt. Narayama to die so that they don't become a... Read more

Barton Fink (1991)

Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Jon Polito

The 44th winner of Best Film at Cannes was this dark comedy/thriller in which a renowned playwright (John Turturro) comes to 1941 L.A. to write a scre... Read more

Barton Fink ( Blu-ray ) (1991)

Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Goodman, John Mahoney, John Turturro, Jon Polito, Judy Davis, Michael Lerne...

The 44th winner of Best Film at Cannes was this dark comedy/thriller in which a renowned playwright (John Turturro) comes to 1941 L.A. to write a scre... Read more

Black Orpheus (1959)

Director: Marcel Camus
Starring: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lea Garcia

This extravagant explosion of colour and sounds is a modern re-enactment of Orpheus and Eurydice's tragic tale against the splendid backdrop of Carniv... Read more

Blow-up (1966)

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Sarah Miles, David Hemmings

Michelangelo Antonioni's close-up of Swinging Sixties London. David Hemmings plays a master photographer who explores the city twenty-four hours a day... Read more