Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director

The Best Director Award (French: Prix de la mise en scène) is an award presented annually at the Cannes Film Festival since 1946. It is given for the best achievement in directing and is chosen by the International Jury from the films in the Competition slate at the festival.

Best Director Award
Prix de la mise en scène (French)
The 2023 recipient: Tran Anh Hung
Awarded forBest Achievement in Direction
Presented byCannes Film Festival
First awarded1946
Currently held byTran Anh Hung
The Pot-au-Feu (2023)

At the 1st Cannes Film Festival held in 1946, René Clément was the first winner of this award for his work on The Battle of the Rails, and Tran Anh Hung is the most recent winner in this category for his work on The Pot-au-Feu at the 76th Cannes Film Festival in 2023.

History edit

The award was first presented in 1946. The prize was not awarded on 12 occasions (1947, 1953–54, 1960, 1962–64, 1971, 1973–74, 1977, and 1980).

The festival was not held at all in 1948, 1950, and 2020. In 1968, no awards were given as the festival was called off mid-way due to the May 1968 events in France.

Also, the jury vote was tied, and the prize was shared by two directors on seven occasions (1955, 1969, 1975, 1983, 2001–02, and 2016). Joel Coen of the Coen brothers has received the most awards in this category, with three. One directing team has shared the award: Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for Young Ahmed (2019). Yuliya Solntseva was the first woman to have won the award, for 1961's Chronicle of Flaming Years.

The winner of the Best Director Award rarely wins the Palme d'Or, the main prize given at the festival, which is also awarded to the director of the winning film. This happened only twice: Joel Coen won both awards for Barton Fink in 1991;[1] and Gus Van Sant won for Elephant in 2003.[2]

Winners edit

Year Director(s) English Title Original Title
1946   René Clément The Battle of the Rails La Bataille du rail
1949 The Walls of Malapaga Au-delà des grilles
1951  /  Luis Buñuel Los Olvidados
1952   Christian Jaque Fanfan la Tulipe
1955   Jules Dassin Rififi Du rififi chez les hommes
  Sergei Vasilyev Heroes of Shipka Герои Шипки
1956   Sergei Yutkevich Othello Отелло
1957   Robert Bresson A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut
1958   Ingmar Bergman Brink of Life Nära livet
1959   François Truffaut The 400 Blows Les Quatre Cents Coups
1961   Yuliya Solntseva Chronicle of Flaming Years Повесть пламенных лет
1965   Liviu Ciulei Forest of the Hanged Pădurea spânzuraților
1966   Sergei Yutkevich Lenin in Poland Ленин в Польше
1967   Ferenc Kósa Ten Thousand Days Tízezer nap
1969   Glauber Rocha Antonio das Mortes O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro
  Vojtěch Jasný All My Compatriots Všichni dobří rodáci
1970   John Boorman Leo the Last
1972   Miklós Jancsó Red Psalm Még kér a nép
1975   Michel Brault Orders Les Ordres
 /  Costa-Gavras Special Section Section spéciale
1976   Ettore Scola Down and Dirty Brutti, sporchi e cattivi
1978   Nagisa Ōshima Empire of Passion 愛の亡霊
1979   Terrence Malick Days of Heaven
1982   Werner Herzog Fitzcarraldo
1983   Robert Bresson L'Argent
  Andrei Tarkovsky Nostalghia
1984   Bertrand Tavernier A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne
1985   André Téchiné Rendez-vous
1986   Martin Scorsese After Hours
1987   Wim Wenders Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin
1988   Fernando Solanas Sur
1989   Emir Kusturica Time of the Gypsies Дом за вешање
1990   Pavel Lungin Taxi Blues Такси-блюз
1991   Joel Coen Barton Fink
1992   Robert Altman The Player
1993   Mike Leigh Naked
1994   Nanni Moretti Caro diario
1995   Mathieu Kassovitz La Haine
1996   Joel Coen Fargo
1997   Wong Kar-wai Happy Together 春光乍洩
1998   John Boorman The General
1999   Pedro Almodóvar All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre
2000   Edward Yang Yi Yi
2001   Joel Coen The Man Who Wasn't There
  David Lynch Mulholland Drive
2002   Paul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love
  Im Kwon-taek Chi-hwa-seon 취화선
2003   Gus Van Sant Elephant
2004   Tony Gatlif Exils
2005  /  Michael Haneke Caché
2006   Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
2007   Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
2008   Nuri Bilge Ceylan Three Monkeys Üç Maymun
2009   Brillante Mendoza Butchered Kinatay
2010   Mathieu Amalric On Tour Tournée
2011   Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
2012   Carlos Reygadas Post Tenebras Lux
2013   Amat Escalante Heli
2014   Bennett Miller Foxcatcher
2015   Hou Hsiao-hsien The Assassin 刺客聶隱娘
2016   Olivier Assayas Personal Shopper
  Cristian Mungiu Graduation[3] Bacalaureat
2017   Sofia Coppola The Beguiled[4]
2018   Paweł Pawlikowski Cold War Zimna wojna
2019   Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne Young Ahmed Le Jeune Ahmed
2021   Leos Carax Annette[5]
2022   Park Chan-wook Decision to Leave[6] 헤어질 결심
2023  /  Tran Anh Hung The Pot-au-Feu[7] La Passion de Dodin Bouffant

Multiple winners edit

The following individuals received two or more Best Director awards:

Number of Wins Directors Nationality Films
3 Joel Coen United States Barton Fink (1991),
Fargo (1996),
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
2 René Clément France The Battle of the Rails (1946),
The Walls of Malapaga (1949)
Robert Bresson A Man Escaped (1957),
L'Argent (1983)
Sergei Yutkevich Soviet Union Othello (1956),
Lenin in Poland (1966)
John Boorman United Kingdom Leo the Last (1970),
The General (1998)

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Coen brothers to jointly head Cannes jury - BBC News
  2. ^ CANNES FILM FESTIVAL; Van Sant's 'Elephant' Receives Palme d'Or - New York Times
  3. ^ Who Won and Who Lost at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival|Vogue
  4. ^ Cannes 2017: Sofia Coppola Wins Best Director and Makes History|IndieWire
  5. ^ Cannes Film Festival 2021: The List Of Winners - Forbes
  6. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (28 May 2022). "Cannes Film Festival Winners Announced – Live". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  7. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy (28 May 2022). "Cannes Film Festival Winners Announced – Live". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 May 2022.

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