Jury Prize (Cannes Film Festival)

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The Jury Prize (French: Prix du Jury) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festival, chosen by the Jury from the "official section" of movies at the festival.[1] According to film critic Dave Kehr, the award is "intended to recognize an original work that embodies the spirit of inquiry."[2]


In 1946, a prize named International Jury Prize was awarded for that year only.[3] Starting from 1951, the Special Jury Prize (Prix spécial du Jury) was awarded among other secondary prizes. In 1954, after facing much criticism about the whimsical nature of these awards, the Festival authorities decided to turn to a more traditional prize-giving arrangement.[4] In 1967, with the creation of the Grand Prix Spécial du Jury, the second in importance prize after the Palme d'Or, the Special Jury Prize gave its place to the Jury Prize and has been awarded under this name since. Six times in the 1970s, three in the 1980s and in 2001, no Jury Prize was awarded. The Special Jury Prize reappeared only twice, once in 1995, given along with the Jury Prize, and once in 1996, as the only prize of the Jury.[5][6]

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion was the president of the Jury for the 2014 festival and oversaw a rare decision, in which the Jury Prize was awarded to two films: Mommy, by 25-year-old Xavier Dolan, and Goodbye to Language, by 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard.[7]

UK directors Andrea Arnold and Ken Loach are tied for the record for most Jury Prizes. As of 2016 Arnold was awarded the prize for her films Red Road, Fish Tank, and American Honey, while Loach was awarded the prize for his films Hidden Agenda, Raining Stones, and The Angels' Share. Michelangelo Antonioni, René Clément, Masaki Kobayashi, and Samira Makhmalbaf have each won the award twice.

Film academic Andrew M. Butler regards jury prizes such as Cannes' as a way of helping a film gain a distribution deal.[8]

Award winners[edit]

The following films were awarded the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival through the years.[9]

Year Film Director Nationality of director * Name of award
1946 La Bataille du rail René Clément France International Jury Prize
1947 - 49 No Award
1951 All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz United States Special Jury Prize
1952 Nous sommes tous des assassins André Cayatte France
1953 No Award
1954 Knave of Hearts René Clément France / U.K. Special Jury Prize
1955 Lost Continent (Continente Perduto) Enrico Gras
Giorgio Moser
Leonardo Bonzi
1956 The Mystery of Picasso (Le mystère Picasso) Henri-Georges Clouzot France
1957 Kanał Andrzej Wajda Poland
The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet) Ingmar Bergman Sweden
1958 Mon Oncle Jacques Tati France
1959 Stars (Sterne) Konrad Wolf East Germany
1960 L'avventura Michelangelo Antonioni Italy Jury Prize
Odd Obsession (Kagi) Kon Ichikawa Japan
1961 Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od aniołów) Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland Special Jury Prize
1962 The Trial of Joan of Arc (Procès de Jeanne d'Arc) Robert Bresson France
L'Eclisse Michelangelo Antonioni Italy
1963 Harakiri (Seppuku) Masaki Kobayashi Japan
The Cassandra Cat (Az prijde kocour) Vojtěch Jasný Czechoslovakia
1964 Woman in the Dunes (Suna no onna) Hiroshi Teshigahara Japan
1965 Kwaidan Masaki Kobayashi Japan
1966 Alfie Lewis Gilbert United Kingdom
1968 No awards this year because of the May 1968 events in France.
1969 Z Costa-Gavras Greece Jury Prize
1970 The Falcons (Magasiskola) István Gaál Hungary
The Strawberry Statement Stuart Hagmann United States
1971 Love (Szerelem) Károly Makk Hungary
Joe Hill Bo Widerberg Sweden
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five George Roy Hill United States
1973 The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod Klepsydrą) Wojciech Has Poland
The Invitation (L'Invitation) Claude Goretta Switzerland
1974-1979 No Award
1980 The Constant Factor (Constans) Krzysztof Zanussi Poland Jury Prize
1981-1982 No Award
1983 Kharij Mrinal Sen India Jury Prize
1984 No Award
1985 Colonel Redl (Oberst Redl) István Szabó Hungary Jury Prize
1986 Thérèse Alain Cavalier France
1987 Yeelen Souleymane Cissé Mali
Shinran: Path to Purity Rentarō Mikuni Japan
1988 A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland
1989 Jesus of Montreal Denys Arcand Canada
1990 Hidden Agenda Ken Loach United Kingdom
1991 Europa Lars von Trier Denmark
Hors la vie Maroun Bagdadi Lebanon
1992 Dream of Light (El Sol del Membrillo) Víctor Erice Spain
An Independent Life Vitali Kanevski Russia
1993 The Puppetmaster (Hsimeng Rensheng) Hou Hsiao-hsien Taiwan
Raining Stones Ken Loach United Kingdom
1994 La Reine Margot Patrice Chéreau France
1995 Don't Forget You're Going to Die Xavier Beauvois France
Carrington Christopher Hampton United Kingdom Special Jury Prize
1996 Crash David Cronenberg Canada
1997 Western Manuel Poirier France Jury Prize
1998 Class Trip (La classe de neige) Claude Miller France
The Celebration (Festen) Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
1999 The Letter (A Carta) Manoel de Oliveira Portugal
2000 Blackboards (Takhte Siah) Samira Makhmalbaf Iran
Songs from the Second Floor (Sånger Från Andra Våningen) Roy Andersson Sweden
2001 No Award
2002 Divine Intervention (Yadon Ilaheyya) Elia Suleiman Palestine Jury Prize
2003 At Five in the Afternoon (Panj e asr) Samira Makhmalbaf Iran
2004 Tropical Malady (Sud Pralad) Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand
Actress Irma P. Hall for The Ladykillers Joel and Ethan Coen United States
2005 Shanghai Dreams (Qing hong) Wang Xiaoshuai China
2006 Red Road Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
2007 Persepolis Marjane Satrapi
Vincent Paronnaud
Silent Light (Luz Silenciosa) Carlos Reygadas Mexico
2008 Il Divo Paolo Sorrentino Italy
2009 Thirst (Bakjwi) Park Chan-wook South Korea
Fish Tank Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
2010 A Screaming Man (Un Homme qui crie) Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Chad
2011 Polisse Maïwenn France
2012 The Angels' Share Ken Loach United Kingdom
2013 Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan
2014 Goodbye to Language (Adieu au Langage) Jean-Luc Godard France / Switzerland
Mommy Xavier Dolan Canada
2015 The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos Greece
2016 American Honey Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
2017 Loveless (Нелюбовь) Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
2018 Capernaum (كفرناحوم) Nadine Labaki Lebanon
2019 Bacurau Kleber Mendonça Filho
Juliano Dornelles
Les Misérables Ladj Ly France
* Nationality of director given as it was at the time of the award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cannes Film Festival". IMDb. IMDb.com, Inc. 1990–2017. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. ^ Kehr, Dave (1992). 45 Years: Cannes Festival International du Film. Museum of Modern Art. p. 15. OCLC 646921388.
  3. ^ "Awards 1946 : All Awards (archived)". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "The History of the Festival / The 50s". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Awards 1995 : All Awards (archived)". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Awards 1996 : All Awards (archived)". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2017.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ Xan Brooks (25 May 2014). "Cannes festival ready for shut-eye after Winter Sleep wins Palme d'Or". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  8. ^ Butler, Andrew M. (2002). "11. National Cinema". Film Studies. Oldacastle Books. p. 128. ISBN 184243828X.
  9. ^ "Prix du Jury - Festival de Cannes". allocine.fr (in French). Retrieved 28 May 2017.

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