1979 Cannes Film Festival

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1979 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 32nd Cannes Film Festival, adapted from an original illustration by Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon.[1]
Opening filmHair
Closing filmÀ nous deux
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Apocalypse Now and Die Blechtrommel)[2]
No. of films21 (In Competition)[3]
12 (Un Certain Regard)
8 (Out of Competition)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date10 May 1979 (1979-05-10) – 24 May 1979 (1979-05-24)

The 32nd Cannes Film Festival was held from 10 to 24 May 1979. The Palme d'Or went to Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola, which was screened as a work in progress, and Die Blechtrommel (The Tin Drum) by Volker Schlöndorff.[4][5]

The festival opened with Hair, directed by Miloš Forman[6][7] and closed with À nous deux, directed by Claude Lelouch.[8]

Françoise Sagan, the President of the Jury raised a controversy as she complained that Robert Favre Le Bret, the President of the Festival, had stepped out of his role and had put pressure on the jury for the choice of Coppola's film, while she had defended The Tin Drum to the last minute of the competition. Finally the Palme d'Or was given to both films.[9]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1979 feature film competition:[10]

Feature films

Official selection[edit]

In competition - Feature film[edit]

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[3]

Films out of competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[3]

Short film competition[edit]

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

Parallel sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following feature films were screened for the 18th International Critics' Week (18e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were screened for the 1979 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]

Short films
  • Combattimento by Anna Kendall
  • Idila by Alexsandar Ilich
  • Panoplie by Philippe Gaucherand
  • Romance by Yves Thomas
  • Vereda Tropical by Joaquim Pedro de Andrade


Francis Ford Coppola, winner of the Palme d'Or at the event.
Volker Schlöndorff, winner of the Palme d'Or at the event.

Official awards[edit]

The following films and people received the 1979 Official selection awards:[2][4]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards[edit]

FIPRESCI Prizes[13]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[14]

Young Cinema Award[5]

Other awards[5]

  • Honorary Award: "Hommage à Miklos Jancso" for all his work


  1. ^ "Posters 1979". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Awards 1979: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Official Selection 1979: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "32ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "1979 - Le Jury, Les Prix". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Film Festival Opens in Cannes". nytimes.com. May 12, 1979. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. ^ "The opening films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "The closing films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ "1978-1986: A wind of change - Controversy". fresques.ina.fr. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Juries 1979: Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "18e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1979". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  12. ^ "Quinzaine 1979". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  13. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 1979". fipresci.org. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Jury Œcuménique 1979". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  15. ^ "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1979". imdb.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.


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