1987-1996 : The first Palme d'Or for a woman director
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
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.
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.
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".
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
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.
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".
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.
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".
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
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".
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.
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).
Gilles Jacob commemorates the 45th Festival
Interview with Gilles Jacob about his book "visitors to Cannes", which commemorates the 45th Festival.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yves Montand talks about the difficult role of Jury president
Yves Montand talks about the difficult role of jury member, who in order to choose a winner must reject films, even though these films represented everything for the directors who made them. He then talks about the different sorts of films, those to escape and those which ask for more efforts from the spectators.
Ettore Scola, president of the July, says a few words on his role
Ettore Scola, president of the 41st Festival, says a few words about the job of a jury member.
List of winners of the 1987 festival
Overview of the main awards presented during the 40th Cannes Festival and reactions after the ceremony from Maurice Pialat, Gérard Depardieu and Wim Wenders.
Forest Whitaker, Best Actor award in 1988
Forest Whitaker receives the Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Charlie Parker in Clint Eastwood's "Bird".
List of winners of the 1988 festival
Presentation of the principal awards at the 41st Cannes Festival, where Bille August received the Palme d'Or for "Pelle the Conqueror".
Last meeting of the jury of the 1988 Festival before the winners are announced
Last meeting of the jury of the 41st Festival, presided by Ettore Scola, before the award ceremony.
Last-minute preparations before the opening of the 1988 festival
Before the opening of the 41st Cannes Festival, report on the last-minute preparations and presentation of the opening film: "The Big Blue" by Luc Besson.
Presentation of the jury for the 1991 Festival
Presentation of the jury for the 44th Cannes Festival, presided by Roman Polanski.
Presentation of the jury of the 43rd Festival
Presentation of the jury presided by Bernardo Bertolucci, on the stage for the closing ceremony of the 43rd Cannes Festival.
Best Actor Award to Gérard Depardieu for Cyrano de Bergerac
Best Actor Award at the 43d Festival to Gérard Depardieu for his role in Cyrano de Bergerac by Jean-Paul Rappeneau.
1990 Palme d'Or to David Lynch for Wild at Heart
Palme d'Or of the 43rd Festival, awarded to David Lynch for Wild at Heart and presented by Anthony Quinn.
On the subject of Welcome to Paradise by Alan Parker
Presentation of Alan Parker's film Come see the Paradise in competition, which deals with the fate of Americans of Japanese origin since the attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.
Exceptional award for James Ivory in 1992
Announced by Lester James Peries and presented by Isabelle Huppert, the Award of the 45th Festival is awarded to James Ivory for "Howard's End".
Interview with Arnaud Desplechin for The Sentinel
Arnaud Desplechin presents his film The Sentinel in the official competition for France at the 45th Festival.
Interview with Jaco Van Dormael, winner of the Caméra d'Or at the 1991 Festival
Bernard Pivot receives Jaco Van Dormael, who won the Caméra d'Or award for "Toto the Hero" at the 44th Cannes Festival.
Chronicles of the 1992 Festival: the winners, behind the scenes, the young directors
Tales of the 1992 Festival: glimpse behind the scenes; interview with the directors of "Man Bites Dog", presented at Critics' Week; mixed reactions to the list of winners, which some consider "academic"; finally the Festival seen by the palaces' managers.
Composition of the jury for the 45th Cannes Festival, with Gérard Depardieu as president
Presentation of the jury of the 45th Festival, presided by a very emotional Gérard Depardieu, who recounts his experience of being president of the jury at Cannes.
Palme d'or for Bille August in 1992 with The Best Intentions
Announced by Gérard Depardieu, presented by Tom Cruise, the Palme d'or of the 45th Festival is awarded for the second time to Bille August for his film The Best Intentions, with a screenplay by Ingmar Bergman.
Nanni Moretti, winner of the Best Director Award for Diary For My Mother And Father
Interviewed by Serge Toubiana, Nanni Moretti talks about the origin of his film Diary for My Mother And Father, which has just received the Best Director Award at the 47th Cannes Festival.
Isabelle Adjani in Cannes
Climbing of the steps and press conference for the team of "Queen Margot" by Patrice Chéreau, including the eagerly-awaited Isabelle Adjani.
Opening of the 1994 Festival
Traditional climbing the steps for the opening of the 47th Cannes Festival, with the Coen brothers, Michel Piccoli, Romane Bohringer, Clint Eastwood and Catherine Deneuve.
Fargo by the Coen brothers, in competition at the 1996 Festival
Presentation of the film by the Coen brothers, winners of the Palme d'Or in 1991. They return with "Fargo", a tragi-comic thriller situated under the snow, in the heart of the American Mid-West.
Michèle Morgan in Cannes
Fifty years after her Best Actress award in 1946, during the first Festival, Michèle Morgan arrives in Cannes by train, with no fuss.
List of winners of the 1995 Festival
Review of the highlights of the award ceremony of the 48th Festival.
Interview with André Téchiné about The Wild Reeds
Interview with André Téchiné and his co-scriptwriter Gilles Taurand about The Wild Reeds, a film commissioned by Arte, on the subject of adolescence.
Opening of the 1996 Festival
Opening of the 49th Cannes Festival: climbing the steps in the rain, with the jury president Francis Ford Coppola, and the team of the film "Ridicule".
1989 Palme d'Or for Steven Soderbergh
Announcement of the Palme d'or of the 42nd Festival by the jury president Wim Wenders, awarded to Steven Soderbergh for his film "Sex, Lies and Videotape".
Opening of the 1993 Festival
Extract of the opening ceremony of the 46th Festival, and special place for Catherine Deneuve, in competition with "My Favourite Season" by André Téchiné.
Assessment of and reactions to the list of winners of the 1989 Festival
Reaction to the announcement of the winners of the 1989 Cannes Festival, which surprised people by crowning Steven Soderbergh's "Sex, Lies and Videotape". Extract of the press conferences given by Steven Soderbergh after the award.
Presentation of the jury members
Jean Claude Brialy, from the stage of the Palais des Festivals, presents and welcomes the jury members: the president Wim Wenders, Renée Blanchare, the vice president Sally Field, the producer Christine Gouze-Rénal, Hector Babenco, the critic Claude Beylie, the producer Silvio Clementelli, the writer Peter Handke, Krzystof Kieslowski and the musician Georges Delerue.
The family of Charlie Chaplin
Homage to Charles Chaplin for the opening of the 42nd Cannes Festival, with all the family reunited on the stage.
Opening of the 1988 Cannes Festival
Extract of the opening ceremony of the 41st Cannes Festival, presentation of the jury presided over by Ettore Scola and Sandrine Bonnaire declares the Festival open.
Climbing of the steps by the team of The Big Blue
Climbing of the steps by the team of The Big Blue to the music of Eric Serra: Luc Besson, Jean-Marc Barr, Rosanna Arquette, Jean Reno.
Robert Mitchum opens the 1991 Festival
Robert Mitchum declares the 44th Cannes Festival open.
Opening of the 1990 Festival: homage to Akira Kurosawa
Bernardo Bertolucci pays homage to Akira Kurosawa, whose film "Dreams" is shown at the opening of the 43rd Cannes Festival.
Arrival of the stars for the opening of the 1990 Cannes Festival
Arrival of the celebrities and climbing of the steps for the opening of the 43rd Festival: Martin Sheen, Clint Eastwood, Marisa Berenson.
Climbing of the steps for the opening of the 1989 festival
Arrival of the stars and climbing of the steps for the opening gala of the 42nd Festival: Yves Montand, Caroline of Monaco, Alain Delon and Sophia Loren.
Climbing the stairs in the rain for the opening of the 1991 Festival
Climbing the stairs in the rain for the opening ceremony of the 44th Festival, and interview with Claude Lelouch, who remembers the official showing of "A Man and a Woman" in 1966.
The paparazzi at Cannes
Report on the Italian paparazzi photographer Piero Oliosi, at his 37th Cannes Festival and always looking for a good photo.
Opening of the 1995 Festival
Extract of the opening ceremony of the 48th Festival: Jeanne Moreau, Diane Keaton, Andie MacDowell, Carole Bouquet and Jean Reno.
Opening of the 1992 Festival
Opening of the 45th Festival: climbing of the steps and declaration of opening by Catherine Deneuve.
Jeanne Moreau on the subject of the Diane Kurys film
Showing of the first film in the official competition of the 40th Festival: "A Man in Love" by Diane Kurys, for the French selection. At the end of the showing, Jeanne Moreau tells of her enthusiasm for this film, and underlines its justice and control.
The 1995 winners: reactions
Varied reactions after the declaration of the winners of the 48th Festival, by the winners and the disappointed, by an actor - far from being a newcomer in the Festival, by a producer, etc.
Victoria Abril talks about stardom
In her hotel room, Victoria Abril talks about her views on being an actress, and on her work with her favourite filmmaker, Pedro Almodovar.
The Palme d'Or 1995 is revealed
Jeanne Moreau, president of the jury, announces that the Palme d'or is given to the serbian director Emir Kusturica, for his film "Underground".The award is given by Sharon Stone.