1985 Cannes Film Festival

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1985 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 38th Cannes Film Festival, a tribute to English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.[1]
Opening film Witness
Closing film The Emerald Forest
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (When Father
Was Away on Business
No. of films 20 (In Competition)[2]
17 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Out of Competition)
4 (Short Film)
Festival date 8 May 1985 (1985-05-08) – 20 May 1985 (1985-05-20)
Website festival-cannes.com/en

The 38th Cannes Film Festival was held from 8 to 20 May 1985. The Palme d'Or went to the When Father Was Away on Business by Emir Kusturica.[3][4][5]

The festival opened with Witness, directed by Peter Weir and closed with The Emerald Forest, directed by John Boorman.[6][7][8] 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.[9]


Miloš Forman, Jury President

Main competition[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1985 feature film competition:[10]

Camera d'Or[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1985 Camera d'Or:

Official selection[edit]

In competition - Feature film[edit]

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[2]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Adieu Bonaparte وداعا بونابرت Youssef Chahine Egypt
Birdy - Special Grand Prix of the Jury Alan Parker United States
Bliss Ray Lawrence Australia
Chicken with Vinegar Poulet au vinaigre Claude Chabrol France
The Coca-Cola Kid Dušan Makavejev Australia
Colonel Redl - Jury Prize Oberst Redl István Szabó Hungary
Derborence Francis Reusser Switzerland
Détective Détective Jean-Luc Godard France
Farewell to the Ark さらば箱舟 Shūji Terayama Japan
Insignificance Nicolas Roeg United Kingdom
Joshua Then and Now Ted Kotcheff Canada
Kiss of the Spider Woman O Beijo da Mulher Aranha Héctor Babenco Brazil
The Official Story La historia oficial Luis Puenzo Argentina
Madman at War Scemo di guerra Dino Risi Italy
Mask Peter Bogdanovich United States
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Paul Schrader United States
Pale Rider Clint Eastwood United States
Rendez-vous André Téchiné France
The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal Le due vite di Mattia Pascal Mario Monicelli Italy
When Father Was Away on Business - Palm d'Or winner Отац на службеном путу Emir Kusturica Yugoslavia

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[2]

Films out of competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[2]

Short film competition[edit]

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[2]

  • L'anniversaire de Georges by Patrick Traon
  • Jenitba by Slav Bakalov and Rumen Petkov - Short Film Palm d'Or winner
  • Stop by Krzysztof Kiwerski
  • Tusagi by Bondo Shoshitaishvili

Parallel sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following feature films were screened for the 24th International Critics' Week (24e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were screened for the 1985 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]


Emir Kusturica, Palme d'Or winner

The following films and people received the 1985 awards:[13]


  1. ^ "Posters 1985". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Official Selection 1985 : All the Selection". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "38ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "1985 - The last Congratulations". Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  5. ^ Meisler, Stanley (21 May 1985). "Unusual Choice For Cannes Jury : Yugoslav Film Snares Golden Palm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  6. ^ Harmetz, Aljean (9 May 1985). "Strong U.S. Presence at 38th Cannes Festival". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Celebrating 'Le Cinema' In Cannes". Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Mathews, Jack (20 May 1998). "Boorman Is Back on the Cannes Beat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Stereo Version Of `Glenn Miller Story` A Sound Piece Of Show Biz". Chicago Tribune. 12 May 1985. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "All Juries 1985". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. 
  11. ^ "24e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1985". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "Quinzaine 1985". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Awards 1985 : All Awards". Archived from the original on 14 January 2013. 

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