1978 Cannes Film Festival

The 31st Cannes Film Festival was held from 16 to 30 May 1978. The Palme d'Or went to the L'albero degli zoccoli by Ermanno Olmi.[4] This festival saw the introduction of a new non-competitive section, 'Un Certain Regard', which replaces 'Les Yeux Fertiles' (1975-1977), 'L'Air du temps' and 'Le Passé composé'.[5]

1978 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 31st Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration Belgian artist Jean-Michel Folon.[1]
Opening filmMoy laskovyy i nezhnyy zver
Closing filmFedora
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (L'albero degli zoccoli)[2]
No. of films23 (In Competition)[3]
14 (Un Certain Regard)
3 (Out of Competition)
10 (Short Film)
Festival date16 May 1978 (1978-05-16) – 30 May 1978 (1978-05-30)

The festival opened with Moy laskovyy i nezhnyy zver, directed by Emil Loteanu[6][7] and closed with Fedora, directed by Billy Wilder.[8]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1978 feature film competition:[9]

Feature films

Official selectionEdit

In competition - Feature filmEdit

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

Un Certain RegardEdit

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[3]

Films out of competitionEdit

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

Short film competitionEdit

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

Parallel sectionsEdit

International Critics' WeekEdit

The following feature films were screened for the 17th International Critics' Week (17e Semaine de la Critique):[10]

Directors' FortnightEdit

The following films were screened for the 1978 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[11]


Alan J. Pakula, Jury President
Ermanno Olmi, Palme d'Or winner

Official awardsEdit

The following films and people received the 1978 Official selection awards:[2]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awardsEdit


Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[13]


Michael Ritchie's film An Almost Perfect Affair, a romantic comedy starring Keith Carradine and Monica Vitti, featured several scenes shot on location in Cannes while the 1978 Festival was taking place. A number of prominent actors, directors and journalists who attended that year made cameo appearances in the film, including Rona Barrett, Farrah Fawcett, Brooke Shields, George Peppard, Paul Mazursky, Sergio Leone, Marco Ferreri, Rex Reed and Edy Williams.[14]


  1. ^ "Posters 1978". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Awards 1978: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Official Selection 1978: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. ^ "31ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. ^ "1978 - Cannes, Le Retour (Cannes, The Return)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. ^ "At the Movies". nytimes.com. May 19, 1978. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. ^ "The opening films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. ^ "The closing films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. ^ "Juries 1978: Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  10. ^ "17e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1978". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Quinzaine 1978". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  12. ^ "FIPRESCI Awards 1978". fipresci.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Jury Œcuménique 1978". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  14. ^ "AFI Catalog of Feature Films: 'An Almost Perfect Affair' (1979)". catalog.afi.com. Retrieved 1 October 2021.


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