1955 Cannes Film Festival

The 8th Cannes Film Festival was held from 26 April to 10 May 1955.[4] The Golden Palm went to the US film Marty by Delbert Mann.[5] The festival opened with Du rififi chez les hommes by Jules Dassin[6] and closed with Carmen Jones by Otto Preminger.

1955 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 8th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Marcel Huet[1]
Opening filmDu rififi chez les hommes
Closing filmCarmen Jones
LocationCannes, France
AwardsGolden Palm (Marty)[2]
No. of films33 (In Competition)[3]
2 (Out of Competition)
40 (Short Film)
Festival date26 April 1955 (1955-04-26) – 10 May 1955 (1955-05-10)

Until the 1954 Festival, the whimsical way various prizes were being awarded had drawn much criticism. In answer to this, from 1955 onwards, the Jury was composed of foreign celebrities from the film industry.[7] In 1955, the first Palme d'Or was awarded, as the highest prize of the Festival.


Marcel Pagnol, Jury President

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1955 competition:[8]

Feature films

Short films

Feature film competitionEdit

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

Films out of competitionEdit

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

  • Italia K2 by Marcello Balbi
  • Les trésors de la Mer Rouge by Michel Rocca

Short film competitionEdit

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

  • 2'21"6 Butterfly Stroke: Dolphin-Kick by T. Mijata
  • A esperanca e' eterna by Marcos Margulies
  • Aggtelek by Ágoston Kollányi
  • Arte popular Portuguesa by João Mendes
  • Black on White by John Read
  • Blinkity Blank by Norman McLaren
  • Bow Bells by Anthony Simmons
  • Bronsalder by Lars Krantz
  • Bush Doctor by Jean Palardy
  • Cyrk by Włodzimierz Haupe
  • De sable et de feu by Jean Jabely
  • Den standhaftige Tinnsoldat by Ivo Caprino
  • Der Schatz des Abendlandes by Ernst Stephan Niessner, Edmund Von Hammer
  • Dobreho vojak svejk by Jiri Trnka
  • Dock by Emile Degelin
  • Guardians of the Soil by David Millin
  • Host by Thor Arnijot Udvang, Carsten Munch
  • Images préhistoriques by Arcady & Thomas L. Rowe
  • In cantec si dans by Ion Bostan
  • Isole di fuoco by Vittorio De Seta
  • Jakten over sporene by Erik Borge
  • L'homme dans la lumière by René Lucot
  • La ciudad blanca by Waldo Cerruto
  • La grande pèche by Henri Fabiani
  • Le conte de ma vie by Jørgen Roos
  • Les jardiniers d'Allah by Michel Clarence
  • Niedzielny poranek by Andrzej Munk
  • Nos forets by Auguste Kern
  • Op de spitsen by Rudi Hornecker
  • Opici cisar by Jan Lacko
  • Island of Sakhalin (Ostrov Sakhalin) by Vassili Katanian, Eldar Ryazanov
  • Pierre Romain desfossez by Gérard De Boe
  • Pulsschlag der Zeit by René Boeniger
  • Symphony of Life by T.A. Abraham
  • The Golden River by Pittamandalam Venktatachalapathy Pathy
  • The Story of Light by Joop Geesink
  • Tickets Please by Emil Nofal
  • Trois coquillages de Tunisie by Roger Mauge
  • When Magoo Flew by Pete Burness
  • Zolotaya antilopa by Lev Atamanov


Official awardsEdit

The following films and people received the 1955 awards:[2]

Short films

Independent awardsEdit


OCIC Award[10]


  1. ^ "Posters 1955". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Awards 1955: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d "Official Selection 1955: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ "1955 - L'Or de Cannes (The Gold of Cannes)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. ^ "8ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Opening of the 1955 Festival". fresques.ina.fr. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "The History of the Festival / The 1950s". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 13 April 2020. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Juries 1955: All the Juries". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  9. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 1955". fipresci.org. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1955". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.


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