1968 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 21st Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Beaugendre.
|Opening film||Gone with the Wind|
|Closing film||Rocky Road to Dublin
(Final film screened)
|Awards||No awards given|
|Hosted by||Grace Kelly|
|No. of films||28 (In Competition)
4 (Out of competition)
11 (Short Film)
|Festival date||10 May 1968– 24 May 1968|
The festival opened with the restored version of Gone with the Wind, directed by Victor Fleming. Peter Lennon's documentary Rocky Road to Dublin was to be the final film screened at the festival on 17 May. Immediately after the screening Jean-Luc Godard and Claude Lelouche got on stage and announced that, in solidarity with the workers and the students who were protesting across France, the festival was to end. Many of the directors withdrew their films from the festival. Next day on May 18, 1968, the screening of Peppermint Frappé by Carlos Saura was canceled, which caused commotion in the audience who wanted the festival to go on. Finally on May 19, five days before the end of festival's scheduled, the festival was called off. American film actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly served as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies.
From the 28 films that were selected to compete for the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, only 11 were screened.
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1968 feature film competition:
- André Chamson (France) Jury President
- Monica Vitti (Italy)
- Claude Aveline (France)
- Boris von Borrezholm (Germany)
- Veljko Bulajić (Yugoslavia)
- Paul Cadeac d'Arbaud (France)
- Jean Lescure (France)
- Louis Malle (France)
- Jan Nordlander (Sweden)
- Roman Polanski (Poland)
- Robert Rozhdestvensky (USSR)
- Terence Young (UK)
In competition - Feature film
- Seduto alla sua destra by Valerio Zurlini
- Vingt-quatre heures de la vie d'une femme by Dominique Delouche
- Anna Karenina by Aleksandr Zarkhi
- Banditi a Milano by Carlo Lizzani
- Charlie Bubbles by Albert Finney
- Csillagosok, katonák by Miklós Jancsó
- Das Schloß by Rudolf Noelte
- Doktor Glas by Mai Zetterling
- Feldobott kö by Sándor Sára
- Fényes szelek by Miklós Jancsó
- Grazie, zia by Salvatore Samperi
- Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Clive Donner
- Hoří, má panenko by Miloš Forman
- I protagonisti by Marcello Fondato
- Je t'aime, je t'aime by Alain Resnais
- Joanna by Mike Sarne
- Les Gauloises bleues by Michel Cournot
- Mali vojnici by Bahrudin Čengić
- O slavnosti a hostech by Jan Němec
- Peppermint Frappé by Carlos Saura
- Petulia by Richard Lester
- Rozmarné léto by Jiří Menzel
- Tuvia Vesheva Benotav by Menahem Golan
- The Girl on a Motorcycle by Jack Cardiff
- The Long Day's Dying by Peter Collinson
- Trilogy by Frank Perry
- Yabu no naka no kuroneko by Kaneto Shindō
- Zywot Mateusza by Witold Leszczyński
Films out of competition
The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:
- Gone with the Wind by Victor Fleming
- Toby Dammit by Federico Fellini
- Metzengerstein by Roger Vadim
- William Wilson by Louis Malle
International Critics' Week
- Angèle (Quatre d’entre elles) by Yves Yersin (Switzerland)
- Concerto pour un exil by Désiré Ecaré (France, Ivory Coast)
- The Edge by Robert Kramer (United States)
- Les enfants de Néant by Michel Brault (France)
- Falling Leaves (Giorgobistve) by Otar Iosseliani (USSR)
- How Long Does a Man Live? (Meddig él az ember?) by Judit Elek (Hungary)
- Marie pour mémoire by Philippe Garrel (France)
- On Paper Wings (Na papirnatih avionih) by Matjaz Klopcic (Yugoslavia)
- The Queen by Frank Simon (United States)
- Rocky Road to Dublin by Peter Lennon (Ireland)
Not presented because of the interruption of the festival:
- Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach by Jean-Marie Straub (W. Germany)
- Revolution by Jack O’Connell (United States)
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- Institut national de l'audiovisuel: Cannes Festival, May 1968 (commentary in French) Jean-Luc Godard, Roman Polanski, François Truffaut and Louis Malle lead the debate to answer the question: should we stop the festival? Favre le Bret Robert, President of the Festival, announces the festival closed. (duration 10′25″)