Rahul Sharma (Editor)

1985 Cannes Film Festival

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Opening film  Witness
Location  Cannes, France
Closing film  The Emerald Forest
Founded  1946
1985 Cannes Film Festival
Awards  Palme d'Or (When Father Was Away on Business)
Number of films  20 (In Competition) 17 (Un Certain Regard) 10 (Out of Competition) 4 (Short Film)

The 38th Cannes Film Festival was held on May 8–20. The Palme d'Or went to the When Father Was Away on Business by Emir Kusturica.


The festival opened with Witness, directed by Peter Weir and closed with The Emerald Forest, directed by John Boorman. The festival paid a tribute to American actor James Stewart and screened a restored version of his 1954 film The Glenn Miller Story, directed by Anthony Mann.


  • Miloš Forman (USA) (President)
  • Claude Imbert (France) (Journalist)
  • Edwin Zbonek (Austria)
  • Francis Veber (France)
  • Jorge Amado (Brazil)
  • Mauro Bolognini (Italy)
  • Michel Perez (France)
  • Mo Rothmann (USA)
  • Néstor Almendros (Argentina)
  • Sarah Miles (UK)
  • Films in competition

    The following films competed for the Palme d'Or.

    Un Certain Regard

  • A Private Function by Malcolm Mowbray
  • A.K. by Chris Marker
  • Ad Sof Halaylah by Eitan Green
  • Das Mal des Todes by Peter Handke
  • Dediščina by Matjaž Klopčič
  • Une femme en Afrique by Raymond Depardon
  • Himatsuri by Mitsuo Yanagimachi
  • Il diavolo sulle colline by Vittorio Cottafavi
  • Latino by Haskell Wexler
  • Le thé au harem d'Archimède by Mehdi Charef
  • Milyy, dorogoy, lyubimyy, edinstvennyy... by Dinara Asanova
  • Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Michel Mitrani
  • Le mystère Alexina by René Féret
  • Oriana by Fina Torres
  • Padre nuestro by Francisco Regueiro
  • Tokyo-Ga by Wim Wenders
  • Films out of competition

  • Die Nacht by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
  • Jumping by Osamu Tezuka
  • Le soulier de Satin by Manoel de Oliveira
  • Night Magic by Lewis Furey
  • Steaming by Joseph Losey
  • The Emerald Forest by John Boorman
  • The Glenn Miller Story by Anthony Mann
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo by Woody Allen
  • Witness by Peter Weir
  • Short film competition

  • L'anniversaire de Georges by Patrick Traon
  • Jenitba by Slav Bakalov and Rumen Petkov
  • Stop by Krzysztof Kiwerski
  • Tusagi by Bondo Shoshitaishvili
  • Awards

  • Palme d'Or: When Father Was Away on Business by Emir Kusturica
  • Grand Prix: Birdy
  • Jury Prize: Colonel Redl
  • Best Actor: William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman
  • Best Actress:
  • Norma Aleandro for The Official Story
  • Cher for Mask
  • Best Director: André Téchiné for Rendez-vous
  • Short Film Palme d'Or: Jenitba by Slav Bakalov and Rumen Petkov
  • Best Artistic Contribution: John Bailey (cinematographer), Eiko Ishioka (production designer/costume designer) and Philip Glass (composer) for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Technical Grand Prize: Insignificance by Nicolas Roeg
  • Caméra d'Or: Oriana by Fina Torres
  • Perspectives du Cinéma Award: Visage de chien by Jacek Gasiorowski
  • FIPRESCI Prize:
  • Otac na sluzbenom putu by Emir Kusturica
  • The Purple Rose of Cairo by Woody Allen
  • Visages de femmes by Desiré Ecaré
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: La historia oficial by Norma Aleandro
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention: Le temps d'un instant by Pierre Jallaud
  • FIFA Award: Extended Play by David Casci
  • Award of the Youth:
  • Foreign Film: Dance with a Stranger by Mike Newell
  • French Film: Le thé au harem d'Archimède by Mehdi Charef
  • References

    1985 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

    Similar Topics
    Mr Ricco
    Percy Anderson (judge)
    Ab Osterhaus