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1991 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film  Homicide
Location  Cannes, France
Closing film  Thelma & Louise
Founded  1946
1991 Cannes Film Festival
Awards  Palme d'Or (Barton Fink)
Number of films  19 (En Competition) 20 (Un Certain Regard) 7 (Out of Competition) 11 (Short Film)

The 44th Cannes Film Festival was held on May 9–20, 1991. The Palme d'Or went to the Barton Fink by Ethan and Joel Coen.


The festival opened with Homicide, directed by David Mamet and closed with Thelma & Louise, directed by Ridley Scott.


  • Roman Polanski (Poland) (president)
  • Férid Boughedir (Tunisia)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (USA)
  • Margaret Menegoz (France)
  • Natalia Negoda (Russia)
  • Alan Parker (UK)
  • Jean-Paul Rappeneau (France)
  • Hans Dieter Seidel (Germany)
  • Vittorio Storaro (Italy)
  • Vangelis (Greece)
  • Un Certain Regard

  • A Captive in the Land by John Berry
  • Boyz n the Hood by John Singleton
  • Dar kouchehay-e eshq by Khosrow Sinai
  • Halálutak és angyalok by Zoltán Kamondi
  • Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse by Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
  • Holidays on the River Yarra by Leo Berkeley
  • Ishanou by Aribam Syam Sharma
  • L'entraînement du champion avant la course by Bernard Favre
  • L'île au trésor by Raúl Ruiz
  • Mest by Yermek Shinarbayev
  • La mujer del puerto by Arturo Ripstein
  • Laada by Drissa Toure
  • Lebewohl, Fremde by Tevfik Başer
  • Perekhod tovarishcha Chkalova cherez severnyy polyus by Maksim Pezhemsky
  • Pogrzeb kartofla by Jan Jakub Kolski
  • Sango Malo by Bassek Ba Kobhio
  • Ta Dona by Adama Drabo
  • Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc' by Wojciech Marczewski
  • Ystävät, toverit by Rauni Mollberg
  • Yumeji by Seijun Suzuki
  • Films out of competition

  • In Bed with Madonna by Alek Keshishian
  • Jacquot de Nantes by Agnès Varda
  • Le film du cinéma suisse by Michel Soutter, Jean-François Amiguet
  • Life Stinks by Mel Brooks
  • Prospero's Books by Peter Greenaway
  • Hachigatsu no rapusodī by Akira Kurosawa
  • Thelma & Louise by Ridley Scott
  • Short film competition

  • Broken Skin by Anna Campion
  • Casino by Gil Bauwens
  • La Noce by Régis Obadia and Joëlle Bouvier
  • La vie selon Luc by Jean-Paul Civeyrac
  • Ja walesa by Jacek Skalski
  • Les éffaceurs by Gérald Frydman
  • Mal de blocs by Marc Saint-Pierre and Nathalie Saint-Gelais
  • Nokturno by Nikola Majdak
  • Push Comes to Shove by Bill Plympton
  • W.A.L. by Robert Turlo
  • Z podniesionymi rekami by Mitko Panov
  • Awards

  • Palme d'Or: Barton Fink by Ethan and Joel Coen
  • Grand Prize of the Jury: La Belle Noiseuse by Jacques Rivette
  • Jury Prize:
  • Europa by Lars von Trier
  • Hors la vie by Maroun Bagdadi
  • Best Actor: John Turturro for Barton Fink
  • Best Actress: Irène Jacob for La double vie de Véronique
  • Best Supporting Actor: Samuel L. Jackson for Jungle Fever
  • Best Director: Joel Coen for Barton Fink
  • Short Film Palme d'Or: Z podniesionymi rekami by Mitko Panov
  • Best Artistic Contribution: Europa by Lars von Trier
  • Technical Grand Prize: Europa by Lars von Trier
  • Caméra d'Or: Toto le Héros by Jaco Van Dormael
  • Caméra d'Or - Special Mention:
  • Proof by Jocelyn Moorhouse
  • Sam & Me by Deepa Mehta
  • SACD Award:
  • Best Short: Carne by Gaspar Noé
  • Best Feature: Young Soul Rebels by Isaac Julien
  • Perspectives du Cinéma Award:
  • Cauchemar blanc by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • Cheb by Rachid Bouchareb
  • Le coup suprême by Jean-Pierre Sentier
  • FIPRESCI Prize:
  • La double vie de Véronique by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • Riff-Raff by Ken Loach
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: La double vie de Véronique by Krzysztof Kieślowski
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention:
  • Jungle Fever by Spike Lee
  • La Belle Noiseuse by Jacques Rivette
  • Award of the Youth:
  • Foreign Film: Toto le Héros by Jaco Van Dormael
  • French Film: Cheb by Rachid Bouchareb
  • References

    1991 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia