Cannes film festival, official name Festival de Cannes, film festival held annually in Cannes, France. First held in 1946 for the recognition of artistic achievement, the festival came to provide a rendezvous for those interested in the art and influence of the movies. Like other film festivals, it became an international marketplace where producers and distributors could exchange ideas, view films, and sign contracts.
And this year, India has been chosen as the ‘country of honour’ at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. India is the first country to be chosen for this honour at the prestigious festival. Here are the films from the past that won awards at the Cannes Film Festival
1. Neech Nagar (1946)
Neech Nagar, bagged the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film (Best Film) award at the first Cannes Film Festival in 1946.
2. Do Bigha Zameen (1954)
Bimal Roy’s classic ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ won the Prix Internationale Award in Cannes in 1954.
3. Boot Polish (1954)
Child actor Naaz won the special distinction prize at Cannes in 1954.
4. Pather Panchali (1956)
Directed by legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray, the cult classic happened to be his first feature film and it bagged the prestigious Palm d’Or for best Human Document.
5. Kharij (1983)
Mrinal Sen’s Kharij (1983) won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes 1983
6. Salaam Bombay (1988)
Mira Nair’s film Salaam Bombay won the Camera d’Or
7. Marana Simhasana (1999)
This Malayalam film won the prestigious Camera d’Or. It is a deeply haunting film on class divide prevailing in society and it is based on a sad story of an innocent farmer who was wrongly convicted and jailed for a murder he had not committed.
8. The Lunchbox
Irrfan Khan’s The Lunchbox, had won the critics week viewers choice awards.
9. Masaan (2015)
Masaan bagged two prizes at Cannes 2015- FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section.
10. A Night Of Knowing Nothing (2021)
Payal Kapadia’s documentary clinched the Oeil d’Or for the Best Documentary at Cannes 2021.