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The 21st Cannes Film Festival was to have been held from 10 to 24 May 1968, before being curtailled due to the turmoil of May 1968 in France.[3][4]

1968 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 21st Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Beaugendre.[1]
Opening filmGone with the Wind
Closing filmRocky Road to Dublin
(Final film screened)
LocationCannes, France
AwardsNo awards given
Hosted byGrace Kelly
No. of films28 (In Competition)[2]
4 (Out of competition)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date10 May 1968 (1968-05-10) – 24 May 1968 (1968-05-24)

The festival opened with the restored version of Gone with the Wind, directed by Victor Fleming.[5] Peter Lennon's documentary Rocky Road to Dublin was to be the final film screened at the festival on 17 May.[6][7] Immediately after the screening Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch and François Truffaut got on stage and announced that, in solidarity with the workers and the students who were protesting across France, the festival was to end.[8] Many of the directors withdrew their films from the festival.[3] Next day on May 18, 1968, the screening of Peppermint Frappé by Carlos Saura was canceled, which caused commotion in the audience who wanted the festival to go on.[9][10][11] Finally on May 19, five days before the end of festival's scheduled, the festival was called off. American film actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly served as the host of the opening and closing ceremonies.[3]

From the 28 films that were selected to compete for the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film, only 11 were screened.



The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1968 feature film competition:[12]

Feature films

Official selectionEdit

Parallel sectionsEdit

International Critics' WeekEdit

The following feature films were selected to be screened for the 7th International Critics' Week (7e Semaine de la Critique):[13]

Not presented because of the interruption of the festival:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1968 The Festival Poster". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Official Selection 1968: All the Selection". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Flashback: Cannes 1968". Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  4. ^ "1968 - Sous la plage, les pavés (Under the beach, the cobblestones)". (in French). Retrieved 3 June 2017.
  5. ^ "The History of Cannes". RTÉ News. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Rocky Road to Dublin". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Righteous Eire". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, and François Truffaut". Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ "1968 Cannes fest revisited". /news. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015.
  10. ^ "Cannes 1968: Fighting on the Beaches". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Cannes 1968". Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Juries 1968: Long film". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  13. ^ "7e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1968". Retrieved 2 July 2017.


  • Institut national de l'audiovisuel: Cannes Festival, May 1968 (commentary in French) Jean-Luc Godard, Roman Polanski, François Truffaut and Louis Malle lead the debate to answer the question: should we stop the festival? Favre le Bret Robert, President of the Festival, announces the festival closed. (duration 10′25″)

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