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1986 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film

Cannes, France

Closing film
El Amor brujo


1986 Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or (The Mission)

Number of films
20 (In Competition) 19 (Un Certain Regard) 10 (Out of Competition) 13 (Short Film)

The 40th Cannes Film Festival was held from 8 to 19 May 1986. The Palme d'Or went to The Mission by Roland Joffé.


The festival opened with Pirates, directed by Roman Polanski and closed with El Amor brujo, directed by Carlos Saura.


  • Sydney Pollack
  • Alexandre Mnouchkine
  • Alexandre Trauner
  • Charles Aznavour
  • Danièle Thompson
  • István Szabó
  • Lino Brocka
  • Philip French
  • Sonia Braga
  • Tonino Delli Colli
  • Feature film competition

  • After Hours by Martin Scorsese
  • Boris Godunov by Sergei Bondarchuk
  • Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg by Margarethe von Trotta
  • Down by Law by Jim Jarmusch
  • Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar by Arnaldo Jabor
  • Fool for Love by Robert Altman
  • Genesis by Mrinal Sen
  • I Love You by Marco Ferreri
  • La dernière image by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
  • Le lieu du crime by André Téchiné
  • Max, Mon Amour by Nagisa Oshima
  • The Mission by Roland Joffé
  • Mona Lisa by Neil Jordan
  • Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Otello by Franco Zeffirelli
  • Pobre mariposa by Raúl de la Torre
  • Runaway Train by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Tenue de soirée by Bertrand Blier
  • The Fringe Dwellers by Bruce Beresford
  • Thérèse by Alain Cavalier
  • Un Certain Regard

  • A Girl's Own Story by Jane Campion
  • Backlash by Bill Bennett
  • Belizaire the Cajun by Glen Pitre
  • Burke & Wills by Graeme Clifford
  • Coming Up Roses by Stephen Bayly
  • Das zweite Schraube-Fragment by Walter Andreas Christen
  • Desert Bloom by Eugene Corr
  • Krysař by Jiří Barta
  • Laputa by Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • Ningen no yakusoku by Yoshishige Yoshida
  • Passionless Moments by Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
  • Rih essed by Nouri Bouzid
  • Salomè by Claude d'Anna
  • Shtei Etzbaot Mi'Tzidon by Eli Cohen
  • Tai Yang by Benzheng Yu
  • Tuntematon sotilas by Rauni Mollberg
  • Two Friends by Jane Campion
  • Welcome in Vienna by Axel Corti
  • Za kude putuvate by Rangel Vulchanov
  • Films out of competition

  • A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • Absolute Beginners by Julien Temple
  • Don Quixote by Orson Welles
  • The Chipmunk Adventure by Janice Karman
  • El Amor brujo by Carlos Saura
  • Hannah and Her Sisters by Woody Allen
  • Pirates by Roman Polanski
  • Precious Images by Chuck Workman
  • T'as de beaux escaliers tu sais by Agnès Varda
  • The Color Purple by Steven Spielberg
  • Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà by Claude Lelouch
  • Awards

  • Palme d'Or: The Mission by Roland Joffé
  • Grand Prix: Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Jury Prize: Thérèse by Alain Cavalier
  • Best Actor:
  • Bob Hoskins for Mona Lisa
  • Michel Blanc for Tenue de soirée
  • Best Actress:
  • Fernanda Torres for Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
  • Barbara Sukowa for Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg
  • Best Director: Martin Scorsese for After Hours
  • Short Film Palme d'Or: An Exercise in Discipline - Peel by Jane Campion
  • Best Artistic Contribution: Sven Nykvist (for the cinematography) for Offret
  • Technical Grand Prize: The Mission by Roland Joffé
  • Caméra d'Or: Noir et Blanc by Claire Devers
  • Un Certain Regard: Rih essed by Nouri Bouzid
  • FIPRESCI Prize:
  • Le déclin de l'empire américain by Denys Arcand
  • Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention: Thérèse by Alain Cavalier
  • Award of the Youth:
  • Foreign Film: She's Gotta Have It by Spike Lee
  • French Film: High Speed by Monique Dartonne and Michel Kaptur
  • References

    1986 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

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