1959 Cannes Film Festival

The 12th Cannes Film Festival was held from 30 April to 15 May 1959.[4] The Palme d'Or went to the Orfeu Negro by Marcel Camus.[5] The festival opened with Les Quatre Cents Coups, directed by François Truffaut and closed with The Diary of Anne Frank, directed by George Stevens.[6][7][8]

1959 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 12th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Jouineau Bourduge.[1]
Opening filmLes Quatre Cents Coups
Closing filmThe Diary of Anne Frank
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Orfeu Negro)[2]
No. of films26 (In Competition)[3]
2 (Out of Competition)
22 (Short Film)
Festival date30 April 1959 (1959-04-30) – 15 May 1959 (1959-05-15)
Cannes Film Festival

In 1959, the Marché du Film (lit. Film Market) was established as the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival, with the aim of helping meet the needs of film industry professionals. Before this year the market was held unofficially in the cinemas of the rue d'Antibes in Cannes. Another important development of that year for the Festival, was that the French cinema moved away from the Ministry of Industry and became part of Ministry of Cultural Affairs.[9]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1959 competition:[10]

Feature films

Short films

Feature film competitionEdit

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

Short film competitionEdit

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

  • A Telhetetlen mehecske by Gyula Macskássy
  • Cinématographier or Préhistoire du cinema by Emile Degelin
  • Corrida interdite by Denys Colomb Daunant
  • Deca sa granice by Purisa Djordjevic
  • Eine Stadt feiert Geburtstag by Ferdinand Khittl
  • Espana 1.800 by Jesús Fernández Santos
  • Fartsfeber by Finn Carlsby
  • Histoire d'un poisson rouge by Edmond Sechan
  • Hsi yu chi by Tei Yang
  • La mer et les jours by Alain Kaminker, Raymond Vogel
  • La primera fundacion de Buenos Aires by Fernando Birri
  • Le petit pecheur de la Mer de Chine by Serge Hanin
  • Le Seigneur Julius by Khaled Abdul Wahab
  • Ligeud ad luftvejen by Henning Carlsen
  • Butterflies Don't Live Here (Motyli zde neziji) by Miro Bernat
  • Neobjknovennie vstretchi by Archa Ovanessova
  • New York, New York by Francis Thompson
  • Paese d'America by Gian Luigi Polidoro
  • Pecheurs de Sozopol by Nikolay Borovishki
  • See Pakistan by W.J. Moylan
  • Sinn im Sinnlosen by Bernhard Von Peithner-Lichtenfels
  • Taj Mahal (short film) by Shri Mushir Ahmed
  • Ten Men in a Boat by Sydney Latter
  • The Fox Has Four Eyes by Jamie Uys
  • The Living Stone by John Feeney
  • Tussenspel bij kaarslicht by Charles Huguenot Van Der Linden
  • Zmiana warty (The Changing of the Guard) by Włodzimierz Haupe


Official awardsEdit

The following films and people received the 1959 awards:[2][11][5]

Short films

Independent awardsEdit


Commission Supérieure Technique[13]

OCIC Award[13]


  1. ^ "Posters 1959". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Awards 1959: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 25 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Official Selection 1959: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ "1959 - Festival, mon amour (Festival, my love)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "12ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Opening of the 1959 festival". fresques.ina.fr. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Shock: Cannes 1959". ina.fr. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "Cannes Film Festival history". sfgate.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ "1952-1959: Celebrities, politics and the film world / "The 400 Blows"". fresques.ina.fr. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Juries 1959". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. ^ "1959 - Le Jury, Les Prix". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  12. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 1959". fipresci.org. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1959". imdb.com. Retrieved 4 July 2017.


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