Palme d’Or Winners

Palme d’Or Winners

18 Episodes

The Cannes Film Festival’s top jury prize has long been one of the most coveted awards in international cinema. Over decades of competition, the Palme has crowned instant classics like ROME OPEN CITY and TASTE OF CHERRY, recognized the mastery of auteurs like Ermanno Olmi and Mike Leigh, and occasionally singled out controversial choices like Maurice Pialat’s UNDER THE SUN OF SATAN. Take a stroll down the red carpet and revisit some of the festival’s most memorable past winners.

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Palme d’Or Winners
  • Brief Encounter

    Episode 1

    Directed by David Lean • 1945 • United Kingdom
    Starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard

    After a chance meeting on a train platform, a married doctor (Trevor Howard) and a suburban housewife (Celia Johnson) begin a muted but passionate, and ultimately doomed, love affair. With its evocatively fog-en...

  • Rome Open City

    Episode 2

    Directed by Roberto Rossellini • 1945 • Italy
    Starring Aldo Fabrizi, Anna Magnani, Marcello Pagliero

    This was Roberto Rossellini’s revelation, a harrowing drama about the Nazi occupation of Rome and the brave few who struggled against it. Though told with more melodramatic flair than the films t...

  • Miss Julie

    Episode 3

    Directed by Alf Sjöberg • 1951 • Sweden
    Starring Anita Björk, Ulf Palme

    Swedish filmmaker Alf Sjöberg’s visually innovative, Cannes Grand Prix-winning adaptation of August Strindberg’s renowned 1888 play brings to scalding life the excoriating words of the stage’s preeminent surveyor of all thin...

  • Gate of Hell

    Episode 4

    Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa • 1953 • Japan
    Starring Kazuo Hasegawa, Machiko Kyo

    A winner of Academy Awards for best foreign-language film and best costume design, GATE OF HELL is a visually sumptuous, psychologically penetrating work from Teinosuke Kinugasa. In the midst of epic, violent intr...

  • The Wages of Fear

    Episode 5

    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot • 1953 • France
    Starring Yves Montand, Charles Vanel, Peter Van Eyck

    In a squalid South American oil town, four desperate men sign on for a suicide mission to drive trucks loaded with nitroglycerin over a treacherous mountain route. As they ferry their explosive...

  • The Cranes Are Flying

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mikhail Kalatozov • 1957 • Soviet Union
    Starring Tatiana Samoilova, Alexei Batalov, Vasily Merkuryev

    This landmark film by the virtuosic Mikhail Kalatozov was heralded as a revelation in the post-Stalin Soviet Union and the international cinema community alike. It tells the story of ...

  • Black Orpheus

    Episode 7

    Directed by Marcel Camus • 1959 • Brazil, France
    Starring Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira

    Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, Marcel Camus’ BLACK ORPHEUS (ORFEU NEGRO) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus ...

  • Viridiana

    Episode 8

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1961 • Spain
    Starring Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal

    Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Buñuel’s irreverent vision of life as a beggar’s banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain ...

  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    Episode 9

    Directed by Jacques Demy • 1964 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo

    The angelically beautiful Catherine Deneuve was launched to stardom by this dazzling musical heart-tugger from Jacques Demy. She plays an umbrella-shop owner’s delicate daughter, glowing with first love for a h...

  • The Tree of Wooden Clogs

    Episode 10

    Directed by Ermanno Olmi • 1978 • Italy
    Starring Luigi Ornaghi, Francesca Moriggi, Omar Brignoli

    A painterly and sensual immersion in late nineteenth-century Italian farm life, Ermanno Olmi’s THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS lovingly focuses on four families working for one landowner on an isolated e...

  • The Tin Drum

    Episode 11

    Directed by Volker Schlöndorff • 1979 • Germany
    Starring David Bennent, Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler

    Oskar is born in Germany in 1924 with an advanced intellect. Repulsed by the hypocrisy of adults and the irresponsibility of society, he refuses to grow older after his third birthday. While the c...

  • Paris, Texas

    Episode 12

    Directed by Wim Wenders • 1984 • France, West Germany
    Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski

    New German Cinema pioneer Wim Wenders (WINGS OF DESIRE) brings his keen eye for landscape to the American Southwest in PARIS, TEXAS, a profoundly moving character study written by ...

  • Under the Sun of Satan

    Episode 13

    Directed by Maurice Pialat • 1987 • France
    Starring Gérard Depardieu, Sandrine Bonnaire, Maurice Pialat

    Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival—where its victory was greeted with more than a bit of controversy—Maurice Pialat’s searing adaptation of a novel by Georges Bernanos s...

  • Secrets & Lies

    Episode 14

    Directed by Mike Leigh • 1996 • United Kingdom
    Starring Brenda Blethyn, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Timothy Spall

    Mike Leigh’s Palme d’Or–winning masterpiece charts the shockwaves that ripple through an already-fractured London family when Hortense (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), a successful, adopted ...

  • Taste of Cherry

    Episode 15

    Directed by Abbas Kiarostami • 1997 • Iran
    Starring Homayoun Ershadi, Abdolrahman Bagheri, Afshin Khorshid Bakhtiari

    The first Iranian film to win the Palme d’Or, this austere, emotionally complex drama by the great Abbas Kiarostami follows the middle-aged Mr. Badii (Homayoun Ershadi) as he driv...

  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days

    Episode 16

    Directed by Cristian Mungiu • 2007 • Romania
    Starring Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov

    Romanian filmmaker Cristian Mungiu shot to international prominence with this rigorously realistic Palme d’Or–winning second feature. In 1987, during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, colle...

  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

    Episode 17

    Directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul • 2010 • Thailand
    Starring Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee

    Winner of the Palme d’Or, UNCLE BOONMEE WHO CAN RECALL HIS PAST LIVES is an unclassifiable tale of a man embracing life’s greatest mystery. Suffering from acute kidney failur...

  • Dheepan
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    Episode 18

    Dheepan

    Episode 18

    Directed by Jacques Audiard • 2015 • France
    Starring Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby

    With this Palme d’Or–winning drama, which deftly combines seemingly disparate genres, French filmmaker Jacques Audiard cemented his status as a titan of contemporary world ...