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1979 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film  Hair
Location  Cannes, France
Closing film  À nous deux
Founded  1946
1979 Cannes Film Festival
Awards  Palme d'Or (Apocalypse Now and Die Blechtrommel)
Number of films  21 (In Competition) 12 (Un Certain Regard) 8 (Out of Competition) 11 (Short Film)

The 32nd Cannes Film Festival was held on May 10 - 24. The Palme d'Or went to the Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola and Die Blechtrommel by Volker Schlöndorff.


The festival opened with Hair, directed by Miloš Forman and closed with À nous deux, directed by Claude Lelouch.


  • Françoise Sagan (France) (president)
  • Sergio Amidei (Italy)
  • Rodolphe-Maurice Arlaud (Switzerland)
  • Luis García Berlanga (Spain)
  • Maurice Bessy (France)
  • Paul Claudon (France)
  • Jules Dassin (USA)
  • Zsolt Kézdi-Kovács (Hungary)
  • Robert Rozhdestvensky (Soviet Union) (author)
  • Susannah York (UK)
  • Feature film competition

  • Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola (which was screened as a work in progress)
  • Arven by Anja Breien
  • Bez znieczulenia by Andrzej Wajda
  • Caro papà by Dino Risi
  • The China Syndrome by James Bridges
  • Days of Heaven by Terrence Malick
  • Die Blechtrommel by Volker Schlöndorff
  • Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf by André Delvaux
  • The Europeans by James Ivory
  • L'ingorgo - Una storia impossibile by Luigi Comencini
  • La drôlesse by Jacques Doillon
  • Les Soeurs Brontë by André Téchiné
  • Los sobrevivientes by Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
  • Magyar rapszódia by Miklós Jancsó
  • My Brilliant Career by Gillian Armstrong
  • Norma Rae by Martin Ritt
  • Okupacija u 26 slika by Lordan Zafranović
  • Siberiade by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Série noire by Alain Corneau
  • Victoria by Bo Widerberg
  • Woyzeck by Werner Herzog
  • Un Certain Regard

  • A kedves szomszéd by Zsolt Kézdi-Kovács
  • Companys, procés a Catalunya by Josep Maria Forn
  • Dalla nube alla resistenza by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet
  • Die dritte Generation by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Encore un Hiver by Françoise Sagan
  • Fad'jal by Safi Faye
  • Les petites fugues by Yves Yersin
  • Moments de la vie d'une femme by Michal Bat-Adam
  • Mourir à tue-tête by Anne Claire Poirier
  • Paviljon VI by Lucian Pintilie
  • Printemps en Février by Shei Tieli
  • Spirit of the Wind by Ralph Liddle
  • Films out of competition

  • À nous deux by Claude Lelouch
  • Cristo si è fermato a Eboli by Francesco Rosi
  • Hair by Miloš Forman
  • Le Musee du Louvre by Toshio Uruta
  • Manhattan by Woody Allen
  • Prova d'orchestra by Federico Fellini
  • Wise Blood by John Huston
  • Short film competition

  • Barbe bleue by Olivier Gillon
  • Bum by Břetislav Pojar
  • La Dame de Monte Carlo by Dominique Delouche
  • La Festa dels bojos by Lluis Racionero Grau
  • Harpya by Raoul Servais
  • Helping Hand by John P. Taylor and Zlatko Pavlinovic
  • Le Mur by Jan January Janczak
  • Petite histoire un peu triste by Didier Pourcel
  • Põld by Rein Raamat
  • The Waltzing Policemen by Kerry Feltham
  • Zwei Frauen in der Oper by Christian Veit-Attendorff
  • Awards

  • Palme d'Or:
  • Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Die Blechtrommel by Volker Schlöndorff
  • Grand Prix: Siberiade by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Best Actor: Jack Lemmon for The China Syndrome
  • Best Actress: Sally Field for Norma Rae
  • Best Supporting Actor: Stefano Madia for Caro papà
  • Best Supporting Actress: Eva Mattes for Woyzeck
  • Best Director: Terrence Malick for Days of Heaven
  • Technical Grand Prize: Norma Rae by Martin Ritt
  • Short Film Palme d'Or: Harpya by Raoul Servais
  • Jury Prize - Best Short Film:
  • Bum by Břetislav Pojar
  • La Festa dels bojos by Lluis Racionero Grau
  • Caméra d'Or: Northern Lights by John Hanson and Rob Nilsson
  • Young Cinema Award: La drôlesse by Jacques Doillon
  • FIPRESCI Prize
  • Parallel Section:
  • Angi Vera by Pál Gábor
  • Black Jack by Ken Loach
  • Competition: Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Without Anesthesia by Andrzej Wajda
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention: Arven by Anja Breien
  • References

    1979 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia