1996 Cannes Film Festival

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1996 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 49th Cannes Film Festival[1]
Opening filmRidicule
Closing filmFlirting with Disaster
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Secrets & Lies)[2]
Hosted bySabine Azéma
No. of films22 (En Competition)[3]
25 (Un Certain Regard)
7 (Out of Competition)
14 (Short Film)
Festival date9 May 1996 (1996-05-09) – 20 May 1996 (1996-05-20)

The 49th Cannes Film Festival was held from 9 to 20 May 1996. The Palme d'Or went to Secrets & Lies by Mike Leigh.[4][5][6][7]

The festival opened with Ridicule, directed by Patrice Leconte[8][9][10] and closed with Flirting with Disaster, directed by David O. Russell.[11][12] Sabine Azéma was the mistress of ceremonies.[4]

1996 Un Certain Regard poster, adapted from an original illustration by Jacques Loustal.[13]


Main competition[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 1996 Official Selection:[14]

Camera d'Or[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1996 Camera d'Or:

Official selection[edit]

In competition - Feature film[edit]

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[3]

Films out of competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[3]

Short film competition[edit]

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

  • 4 maneras de tapar un hoyo by Guillermo Rendon Rodriguez, Jorge Villalobos de La Torre
  • Attraction by Alexeï Diomine
  • Brooms by Luke Cresswell, Steve Mcnicholas
  • Estoria do gato e da lua by Pedro Miguel Serrazina
  • Film Noir by Michael Liu
  • Les fourmis rouges by Pierre Erwan Guillaume
  • Oru Neenda Yathra by Murali Nair
  • Passeio com Johnny Guitar by João César Monteiro
  • Petite Sotte by Luc Otter
  • Sin #8 by Barbara Heller
  • Small Deaths by Lynne Ramsay
  • Szél (Wind) by Marcell Iványi
  • The Beach by Dorthe Scheffmann
  • This Film Is a Dog by Jonathan Ogilvie

Parallel sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following films were screened for the 35th International Critics' Week (35e Semaine de la Critique):[15]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

  • Planet Man by Andrew Bancroft (New Zealand)
  • A Summer Dress (Une robe d’été) by François Ozon (France)
  • La Grande migration by Youri Tcherenkov (France)
  • Le Réveil by Marc Henri Wajnberg (Belgium)
  • The Slap by Tamara Hernandez (United States)
  • La Tarde de un matrimonio de clase media by Fernando Javier León Rodríguez (Mexico)
  • Derrière le bureau d’acajou by Johannes S. Nilsson (Sweden)

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were screened for the 1996 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[16]

Short films
  • La Faim by Siegfried (18 min.)
  • La Fille et l’amande by Bénédicte Brunet (15 min.)
  • Vacances A Blériot by Bruno Bontzolakis (25 min.)
  • Virage Nord by Sylvain Labrosse (15 min.)


Francis Ford Coppola, Jury President
Mike Leigh, Palme d'Or winner

Official awards[edit]

The following films and people received the 1996 Official selection awards:[2]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards[edit]

FIPRESCI Prizes[17]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[18]

Award of the Youth[19]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[19]

Award the First Multimedia Day at the 49th Cannes Film festival


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  4. ^ a b "49ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  5. ^ "1996 - Le 11ème jour... (The 11th Day)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Secrets and Lies' takes top honor at Cannes Film Festival". cnn.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "1996 Cannes Film Festival". infoplease.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "John Sayles' 'Star' not lone draw as Cannes Film Festival opens". baltimoresun.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ Wilmington, Michael (21 October 1996). "`Ridicule' Named Best In Chicago Film Fest". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. ^ "France: Highlights From The 49th Cannes Film Festival". itnsource.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  11. ^ Maslin, Janet (26 May 1996). "Film View-At Cannes, The Star Was Quality". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  12. ^ "1996 Cannes Film Festival Diaries". filmscouts.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Posters 1996". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  14. ^ "All Juries 1996". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  15. ^ "35e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1996". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Quinzaine 1996". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 10 June 2017.
  17. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 1996". fipresci.org. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  18. ^ "Jury Œcuménique 1996". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  19. ^ a b c "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1996". imdb.com. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  20. ^ "Bay Area artist wins CyberPoster Contest at Cannes Film Festival". Micro Publishing News. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.


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