Jury Prize (Cannes Film Festival)

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Jury Prize
Prix du Jury (French)
The 2024 recipient: Jacques Audiard
Presented byCannes Film Festival
First awarded1946
Currently held byJacques Audiard
Emilia Pérez (2024)

The Jury Prize (French: Prix du Jury) is an award of the Cannes Film Festival bestowed by the jury of the festival on one of the competing feature films. According to American film critic Dave Kehr, the award is "intended to recognize an original work that embodies the spirit of inquiry."[1]


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The award was first presented in 1946. The prize was not awarded on 10 occasions (1947, 1949, 1953, 1967, 1974–79, 1981–82, 1984, and 2001). The festival was not held at all in 1948, 1950, and 2020. In 1968, no awards were given as the festival was called off mid-way due to the May 1968 events in France. Also, the jury vote was tied, and the prize was shared by two films on 20 occasions (1957, 1960, 1962–63, 1970–71, 1973, 1987, 1991–93, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2019, and 2021–22). Ken Loach and Andrea Arnold have won the most awards in this category, each winning three. Irma P. Hall is the only actress to win in this category, for her role in The Ladykillers (2004). Four directing teams have shared the award: Enrico Gras, Giorgio Moser and Leonardo Bonzi for Lost Continent (1955), Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud for Persepolis (2007), Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles for Bacurau (2019), and Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch for The Eight Mountains (2022). Samira Makhmalbaf was the first woman to have won the award, for 2000's Blackboards.

Since 1967, the official name of the award has been simply the Prix du Jury, but it has had two other names since its creation in 1946: the International Jury Prize, which was awarded for that year only,[2] and the Prix spécial du Jury (1951–1967) that was given 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.[3] Since then, the Prix spécial du Jury reappeared only twice: Christopher Hampton won that award for Carrington along with the regular Prix du Jury given to Xavier Beauvois for Don't Forget You're Going to Die in 1995; and David Cronenberg won for Crash in 1996, which was the only prize allotted by the International Jury for that year.[4][5]

British film academic Andrew M. Butler regards jury prizes such as Cannes' as a way of helping a film gain a distribution deal.[6]


Year English Title Original Title Recipient Production Country
Awarded as "International Jury Prize"
1946 The Battle of the Rails La Bataille du rail René Clément France
Awarded as "Special Jury Prize"
1951 All About Eve Joseph L. Mankiewicz United States
1952 We Are All Murderers Nous sommes tous des assassins André Cayatte France
1954 Knave of Hearts Monsieur Ripois René Clément
1955 Lost Continent Continente perduto Enrico Gras, Giorgio Moser & Leonardo Bonzi Italy
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
Awarded as "Jury Prize"
1960 L'Avventura Michelangelo Antonioni Italy
Odd Obsession Kon Ichikawa Japan
Awarded as "Special Jury Prize"
1961 Mother Joan of the Angels Matka Joanna od Aniołów Jerzy Kawalerowicz Poland
1962 L'Eclisse Michelangelo Antonioni Italy
The Trial of Joan of Arc Procès de Jeanne d'Arc Robert Bresson France
1963 The Cassandra Cat Až přijde kocour Vojtěch Jasný Czechoslovakia
Harakiri 切腹 Masaki Kobayashi Japan
1964 Woman in the Dunes 砂の女 Hiroshi Teshigahara
1965 Kwaidan 怪談 Masaki Kobayashi
1966 Alfie Lewis Gilbert United Kingdom
1969 Z Costa-Gavras France
1970 The Falcons Magasiskola István Gaál Hungary
The Strawberry Statement Stuart Hagmann United States
1971 Joe Hill Bo Widerberg Sweden, United States
Love Szerelem Károly Makk Hungary
1972 Slaughterhouse-Five George Roy Hill United States
1973 The Hourglass Sanatorium Sanatorium pod klepsydrą Wojciech Has Poland
The Invitation L'Invitation Claude Goretta Switzerland
1974 La prima Angélica Carlos Saura Spain
1980 The Constant Factor Constans Krzysztof Zanussi Poland
1983 Kharij খারিজ Mrinal Sen India
1985 Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó Hungary, West Germany
1986 Thérèse Alain Cavalier France
1987 Shinran: Path to Purity 親鸞 白い道 Rentarō Mikuni Japan
Yeelen Souleymane Cissé Mali
1988 A Short Film About Killing Krótki film o zabijaniu Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland
1989 Jesus of Montreal Jésus de Montréal Denys Arcand Canada
1990 Hidden Agenda Ken Loach United Kingdom
1991 Europa Lars von Trier Denmark
Out of Life Hors la vie Maroun Bagdadi France
1992 Dream of Light El sol del membrillo Víctor Erice Spain
An Independent Life Самостоятельная жизнь Vitali Kanevsky France, Russia
1993 The Puppetmaster 戲夢人生 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 N'oublie pas que tu vas mourir Xavier Beauvois
Carrington Christopher Hampton United Kingdom
1996 Crash David Cronenberg Canada, United Kingdom
1997 Western Manuel Poirier France
1998 The Celebration Festen Thomas Vinterberg Denmark
Class Trip La classe de neige Claude Miller France
1999 The Letter A Carta Manoel de Oliveira Portugal, France, Spain
2000 Blackboards تخته سیاه‎ Samira Makhmalbaf Iran, Italy
Songs from the Second Floor Sånger från andra våningen Roy Andersson Sweden, France
2002 Divine Intervention يد إلهية Elia Suleiman Palestine, Morocco, France, Germany
2003 At Five in the Afternoon پنج عصر‎ Samira Makhmalbaf Iran, France
2004 The Ladykillers * Irma P. Hall United States
Tropical Malady สัตว์ประหลาด Apichatpong Weerasethakul France, Thailand
2005 Shanghai Dreams 青红 Wang Xiaoshuai China
2006 Red Road Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
2007 Persepolis Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud France
Silent Light Stellet Licht Carlos Reygadas Mexico, France, Netherlands
2008 Il divo Paolo Sorrentino Italy, France
2009 Fish Tank Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
Thirst 박쥐 Park Chan-wook South Korea
2010 A Screaming Man Un homme qui crie Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Chad, France, Belgium
2011 Polisse Maïwenn France
2012 The Angels' Share Ken Loach United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy
2013 Like Father, Like Son そして父になる Hirokazu Kore-eda Japan
2014 Goodbye to Language Adieu au Langage Jean-Luc Godard France
Mommy Xavier Dolan Canada
2015 The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Greece, Netherlands
2016 American Honey Andrea Arnold United Kingdom, United States
2017 Loveless Нелюбовь Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia, France, Belgium, Germany
2018 Capernaum كفرناحوم Nadine Labaki Lebanon
2019 Bacurau Kleber Mendonça Filho & Juliano Dornelles Brazil, France
Les Misérables Ladj Ly France
2021 Ahed's Knee הברך Nadav Lapid France, Germany, Israel
Memoria Apichatpong Weerasethakul Colombia, Thailand, United Kingdom, Mexico, France
2022 The Eight Mountains Le otto montagne Felix van Groeningen & Charlotte Vandermeersch Italy, Belgium, France
EO IO Jerzy Skolimowski Poland, Italy
2023 Fallen Leaves Kuolleet lehdet Aki Kaurismäki Finland
2024 Emilia Pérez Jacques Audiard France, Mexico
Awarded as "Special Jury Prize", a unique award not given annually but only at the request of the official jury.
* The Jury Prize was specially awarded to Irma P. Hall for acting in The Ladykillers.

Multiple winners[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Jury Prize awards:

Number of Wins Directors Nationality Films
3 Ken Loach United Kingdom Hidden Agenda (1990),
Raining Stones (1993),
The Angels' Share (2012)
Andrea Arnold Red Road (2006),
Fish Tank (2009),
American Honey (2016)
2 René Clément France The Battle of the Rails (1946),
Knave of Hearts (1954)
Michelangelo Antonioni Italy L'Avventura (1960),
L'Eclisse (1962)
Masaki Kobayashi Japan Harakiri (1963),
Kwaidan (1965)
Samira Makhmalbaf Iran Blackboards (2000),
At Five in the Afternoon (2003)
Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand Tropical Malady (2004),
Memoria (2021)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kehr, Dave (1992). 45 Years: Cannes Festival International du Film. Museum of Modern Art. p. 15. OCLC 646921388.
  2. ^ "Awards 1946 : All Awards (archived)". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  3. ^ "The History of the Festival / The 50s". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Awards 1995 : All Awards (archived)". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 January 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Awards 1996 : All Awards (archived)". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Butler, Andrew M. (2002). "11. National Cinema". Film Studies. Oldacastle Books. p. 128. ISBN 184243828X.

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