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1987-1996 : The first Palme d'Or for a woman director

Céline Keller

A winners list that makes waves

The Cannes award winners list has often created a stir, but the controversy has rarely reached the level that it did in 1987, when the Palme d'Or was awarded to Under the Sun of Satan by Maurice Pialat. The reaction to the showing of the film was mitigated. The director was greeted on stage by words of abuse and loud whistling. "If you don't like me, I can tell you that I don't like you either", the director retorted. In 1991, the award winners chosen under the presidency of Roman Polanski stirred up less debate but nevertheless set a precedent. The members of the jury, swept up by their enthusiasm, attributed all the major awards to the film Barton Fink . The Coen brothers won the Palme d'Or and the award for Best Director and the award for Best Actor went to its star John Turturro. From then on the Festival Organisers forbade future juries from attributing all the major awards to one film.

Controversial Palme d'Or for Maurice Pialat

Controversial Palme d'Or for Maurice Pialat

The Palme d'Or awarded to Maurice Pialat for "Under the Sun of Satan" is greeted by whistles and boos. Journalists describe the film as pretentious, long-winded and obscure.

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List of winners of the 1991 festival

List of winners of the 1991 festival

Extracts of the award ceremony of the 44th Festival, with "Barton Fink" by the Coen brothers as the major winner.

21 mai 1991
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Interview with the winners of the 1991 Festival

Interview with the winners of the 1991 Festival

Interview with the winners of the 44th Festival: Joel and Ethan Coen, Palme d'Or, John Turturro, Best Actor for "Barton Fink", and Irène Jacob, Best Actress for "The Double Life of Veronique".

20 mai 1991
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A first for everything

Even when a Festival is forty years old, there can still be a first time for everything. In 1987, the red carpet was first laid down on the steps leading up to the Palais. In 1993, the Palme d'Or was jointly awarded to Farewell, My Concubine by Chen Kaige and to a woman, the director Jane Campion for The Piano . With the fall of the Berlin wall, the first 'Cinema & Liberty' conference was held and attracted a hundred or so directors from all around the world.

Anniversary evening: the Festival is 40 years old

Anniversary evening: the Festival is 40 years old

Exceptional evening for the 40th anniversary of the Festival: Yves Montand and Catherine Deneuve, Paul Newman, Monica Vitti, Claudia Cardinale, Liz Taylor climbing the steps, and showing of a film by Gilles Jacob "Cinema in the Eyes", showing of the greatest films presented in Cannes.

13 mai 1987
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List of winners of the 1993 festival

List of winners of the 1993 festival

Summary of the winners of the 46th Festival: Palme d'Or awarded jointly to Jane Campion for "The Piano" and Kaige Chen for "Farewell my Concubine" and Caméra d'Or for Anh Hung Tran with "The Scent of Green Papaya".

24 mai 1993
01m 46s
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On the subject of <i>The Piano</i> by Jane Campion

On the subject of The Piano by Jane Campion

Report with Jane Campion, Holly Hunter and Sam Neill about The Piano, presented in the official competition at the 46th Festival.

17 mai 1993
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Chen Kaige and David Thewlis, winners at the 1993 Festival.

Chen Kaige and David Thewlis, winners at the 1993 Festival.

Interview with the winners of the 46th Festival: Chen Kaige explains the subject of "Farewell My Concubine", David Thewlis talks about his role in Mike Leigh's "Naked".

24 mai 1993
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Adieu to the master

In 1990, Federico Fellini presented The Voice of the Moon at the Cannes Film Festival. Despite having once said that he didn't like ceremonies, this was the tenth film that he had presented on La Croisette, after films such as The Nights of Cabiria in 1957, La Dolce Vita in 1960, Amarcord in 1974 and City of Women in 1980. The Voice of the Moon would be the last film by the legendary director who died in 1994. He once declared that "Cannes is like a natural harbour for a film to moor in". The Festival paid tribute to him by presenting effigies of his characters on the stage curtain of the Festival's Louis Lumière theatre.

Interview with Giulietta Masina

Interview with Giulietta Masina

On the Croisette with Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina who then talks about her role as Gelsomina in "The Road" and her next film with Fellini, "The Swindlers".

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Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina

Federico Fellini and Giulietta Masina

Federico Fellini and his wife Giulietta Masina came to present their latest film at Cannes, "Nights of Cabiria": al fresco meal and photo session in the gardens of la Napoule.

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On the subject of <i>Amarcord</i>, press conference with Federico Fellini

On the subject of Amarcord, press conference with Federico Fellini

Press conference with Federico Fellini in English, Italian and French about his new film Amarcord (I Remember).

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Gilles Jacob commemorates the 45th Festival

Gilles Jacob commemorates the 45th Festival

Interview with Gilles Jacob about his book "visitors to Cannes", which commemorates the 45th Festival.

15 mai 1992
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From the awards to the box office

The recurrent reproach is that the Festival rewards cinema d'auteur that is not actually what the public want to watch. The nineties largely proved this wrong. The decade saw the Palme d'Or going to The Piano, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, Secrets and Lies by Mike Leigh, and other prizes going to Hate by Mathieu Kassovitz and The Eighth Day by Jaco van Dormael, all of which were big box office successes. In certain cases, the Cannes Festival has even helped a film to find its public. Cinema Paradiso initially met with a very poor reception in Italy. In 1989, its director Giuseppe Tornatore shortened it by half an hour before presenting it at Cannes. It won the Jury Grand Prix and went on to be an International success.

List of winners of the 1994 festival

List of winners of the 1994 festival

Extract from the award ceremony of the 47th Festival, presented by the jury which was presided by Clint Eastwood and Catherine Deneuve. Surprise Palme d'Or to "Pulp Fiction" by Quentin Tarantino and great emotion for Virna Lisi, who received the Best Actress award.

23 mai 1994
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On the subject of "Hate" and "Underground" at the 1995 Festival

On the subject of "Hate" and "Underground" at the 1995 Festival

Interview with the Hate team, Best Screenplay award: Mathieu Kassovitz explains the origins of the film and its three actors explain what they got from the film; then Emir Kusturica talks about Underground, Palme d'Or winner at the 48th Festival.

28 mai 1995
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Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, joint winners of the Best Actor award for <i>The Eighth Day</i>

Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, joint winners of the Best Actor award for The Eighth Day

Interview with Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, joint winners of the Best Actor award at the 49th Festival. Daniel Auteuil insisted that awarding Pascal Duquenne, down syndrome sufferer, with the prize, meant that all differences had been abolished.

20 mai 1996
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List of winners of the 1996 festival

List of winners of the 1996 festival

The great moments of the closing ceremony of the 49th Festival, with a highly commended Palme d'Or for Mike Leigh with "Secrets and Lies", a long ovation for the two actors in "The Eighth Day" Daniel Auteuil and Pascal Duquenne, and a Grand Prix for "Breaking the Waves" by Lars Von Trier.

21 mai 1996
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Cancans in Cannes

A few years earlier, in 1988, La Cicciolina, porn actress turned Italian politician, climbed the steps of the Cannes Festival topless, putting an end to the age old question of how to dress for the occasion. An only slightly more clothed Madonna created a media frenzy when she came to Cannes in 1991 to present her film In Bed with Madonna. The previous year, the Russian director Vitali Kanevski was part of the selection for the first time. He knew nothing about the organisation of the Festival. As he made his way back from a party with a group of Swedish sailors, the police came across him at daybreak. They didn't believe a word of the dishevelled director's story that his film was in competition at the Cannes Festival, but checked just in case, and then escorted him back to his hotel. A few days later he won the Caméra d'Or for Freeze, Die, Come to Life . In 1996 Lars von Trier obtained the Jury Grand prix for Breaking the Waves, but this didn't convince him to brave his fear of flying to make the trip to Cannes. His producer let him hear the audience's ovation via her mobile phone.

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