To celebrate the 70th Festival de Cannes that will be held from 17th to 28th May, we invite you to discover our selection of French films awarded by this internationally recognized institution of the cinematographic art.
La Vie d’Adèle / Blue is the warmest colour, Abdellatif Kechiche
15-year-old Adèle ( Adèle Exarchopoulos) feels like an average teenager, with school, friends, parents and boys taking up most of her time and thoughts. That is until a chance encounter with beguiling blue-haired girl ( Léa Seydoux) turns her world upside down, forcing her to question her desires and assert herself as a woman and as an adult.
Palme d’or, 2013
Amour / Love, Michael Haneke
Examining the close bond shared by an elderly couple when one of them begins to suffer from an illness, Amour tells a heart-rending story of sacrifice, devotion and the limits that love can drive us to.
Palme d’or, 2012
Entre les murs / The class, Laurent Cantet
The tense environment of a tough inner-city school where cultures and attitudes often clash is revealed in this award-winning drana based on François Bégaudeau’s best-selling novel. Bégaudeau himself stars as an idealistic teacher of a class of unruly 15 year-olds, whose spiky independance present constant challenges to his sometimes unconventional teaching methods. Featuring an outstanding non-professional cast of real teachers and students, Laurent Cantet’s gripping and sharply observed film offers a microcosm of contemporary society and explores the difficult issues facing education today.
Palme d’or, 2008
Un homme et une femme / A man and a woman , Claude Lelouch
Jean-Louis (Jean-Louis Trintignant) is a widower who has become a single father after his wife’s suicide, and Anne (Anouk Aimée) is a widow and single mother still reeling from the accidental death of her husband. When the two cross paths at their children’s boarding school, both are wary, but they soon form a friendship that is quickly charged with romance. Yet the pair continue to struggle to overcome their past tragedies as they try to begin a new relationship.
Palme d’or, 1966
Sous le soleil de Satan / Under the sun of Satan, Maurice Pialat
A slow, complex and involving tale of a French priest and his moral trials and tribulations, Under the Sun of Satan is adapted from the Georges Bernanos novel of the same name. Father Donissan (Gerard Depardieu) struggles to save the soul of the 16-year-old pregnant woman Mouchette (Sandrine Bonnaire) in this allegorical drama.
Le salaire de la peur / The wages of fear , H.G Clouzot
Part road movie, part suspense thriller, the plot is high-tension simplicity itself. In the South American jungle, supplies of nitro-glycerine are urgently needed at a remote oil field. The unscrupulous American oil company pays four-of-work men to deliver the supplies in two hulking trucks. A tense rivalry quickly develops between the two sets of drivers. Which of the disparate, desperate desperadoes will survive the white-knuckle journey and claim the loot and the glory?
Palme d’or, 1953
Les parapluies de de Cherbourg / The Umbrellas of Cherbourg , Jacques Demy
Geneviève (Catherine Deneuve), a beautiful young Frenchwoman who works at a small-town boutique selling umbrellas, falls for dashing mechanic Guy (Nino Castelnuovo). Their brief romance is interrupted when Guy is drafted to serve in the Algerian War. Though pregnant by Guy, Geneviève marries an older businessman, Roland (Marc Michel), and begins to move on with her life. Throughout the musical film, all the characters’ dialogue is conveyed through song.
Palme d’or, 1964
La Marquise d’O / The Marquise of O, Eric Rohmer
Based on a novella by Henrich von Kleist, the dialogue is spoken in the original German language and the story is set in Italy during the 18th century. Edith Clever plays the widowed Marquise, who is sexually assaulted by Russian soldiers and rescued by a Count (Bruno Ganz). Some time later, she has to explain to her parents (Peter Lühr and Edda Seippel) and brother (Otto Sander) why she’s pregnant.
Grand prix du Jury, 1976
Les 400 coups / The 400 blows, François Truffaut
One of the defining films of the French New Wave, it displays many of the characteristic traits of the movement. Written by Truffaut and Marcel Moussy, the film is about Antoine Doinel, a misunderstood adolescent in Paris who struggles with his parents and teachers due to his rebellious behavior.
Prix de la mise en scène 1959
L’Humanité / Humanity, Bruno Dumont
Police Lt. Pharaon De Winter (Emmanuel Schotte) isn’t himself after the rape and murder of a young girl. As he follows false leads, he continues to go through the motions of life, wondering whether humanity really exists.
Grand prix du jury, 1999
Au coeur du festival / Heart of the festival, Gilles Jacob
An anthology of the greatest moments of the Cannes film festival by its president, Gilles Jacob.
The Cannes Film Festival lifts the curtain on historical backstage secrets and events in an exceptional 3-part compilation.