The Caméra d'Or ("Golden Camera") is an award of the Cannes Film Festival for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes' selections (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight or International Critics' Week).[1] The prize, created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob,[2] is awarded during the Festival's Closing Ceremony by an independent jury.[3]

Caméra d'Or
Awarded forBest first feature film
Presented byFestival de Cannes
First awarded1978

Criteria Edit

The rules define first film as "the first feature film for theatrical screening (whatever the format; fiction, documentary or animation) of 60 minutes or more in length, by a director who has not made another film of 60 minutes or more in length and released theatrically." Directors who have previously made only student thesis films or TV films can still compete in this category. The stated aim is to reveal a film "whose qualities emphasize the need to encourage the director to undertake a second film".[4]

Caméra d'Or Winners Edit

Year English / International title Original title Director
1978 Alambrista! Robert M. Young (United States)
1979 Northern Lights Aurora Boreal John Hanson, Rob Nilsson (United States)
1980 Adrien's Story Histoire d'Adrien Jean-Pierre Denis (France)
1981 Desperado City Vadim Glowna (West Germany)
1982 Half a Life Mourir à 30 ans Romain Goupil (France)
1983 The Princess Adj király katonát Pál Erdőss (Hungary)
1984 Stranger Than Paradise Jim Jarmusch (United States)
1985 Oriane Oriana Fina Torres (Venezuela)
1986 Noir et Blanc Claire Devers (France)
1987 Robinson Crusoe in Georgia Robinzoniada, anu chemi ingliseli Papa Nana Dzhordzhadze (Soviet Union)
1988 Salaam Bombay! Mira Nair (India)
1989 My 20th Century Az én XX. századom Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary)
1990 Freeze Die Come to Life Замри, умри, воскресни! (Zamri, umri, voskresni!) Vitali Kanevsky (Soviet Union)
1991 Toto the Hero Toto le Héros Jaco Van Dormael (Belgium)
1992 Mac John Turturro (United States)
1993 The Scent of Green Papaya Mùi đu đủ xanh Tran Anh Hung (Vietnam, France)
1994 Coming to Terms with the Dead Petits arrangements avec les morts Pascale Ferran (France)
1995 The White Balloon بادکنک سفيد (Badkonake sefid) Jafar Panahi (Iran)
1996 Love Serenade Shirley Barrett (Australia)
1997 Suzaku 萌の朱雀 (Moe no Suzaku) Naomi Kawase (Japan)
1998 Slam Marc Levin (United States)
1999 Throne of Death Marana Simhasanam Murali Nair (India)
2000 Djomeh Hassan Yektapanah (Iran)
A Time for Drunken Horses زمانی برای مستی اسب‌ها (Zamani barayé masti asbha) Bahman Ghobadi (Iran)
2001 Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner Zacharias Kunuk (Canada)
2002 Seaside Bord de mer Julie Lopes-Curval (France)
2003 Reconstruction Christoffer Boe (Denmark)
2004 Or (My Treasure) Or Keren Yedaya (Israel)
2005 Me and You and Everyone We Know Miranda July (United States)
The Forsaken Land[5] සුළඟ එනු පිණිස (Sulanga Enu Pinisa) Vimukthi Jayasundara (Sri Lanka)
2006 12:08 East of Bucharest A fost sau n-a fost? Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania)
2007 Jellyfish מדוזות (Meduzot) Etgar Keret, Shira Geffen (Israel)
2008 Hunger Steve McQueen (United Kingdom)
2009 Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton (Australia)
2010 Leap Year Año Bisiesto Michael Rowe (Mexico)
2011 Las Acacias Las acacias Pablo Giorgelli (Argentina)
2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin (United States)
2013 Ilo Ilo Anthony Chen (Singapore)
2014 Party Girl Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis (France)
2015 Land and Shade La tierra y la sombra César Augusto Acevedo (Colombia)
2016 Divines Houda Benyamina (France)
2017 Montparnasse Bienvenue Jeune femme Léonor Serraille (France)
2018 Girl[6] Lukas Dhont (Belgium)
2019 Our Mothers[7][8] César Diaz (Guatemala)
2021 Murina[9] Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (Croatia)
2022 War Pony[10] Riley Keough, Gina Gammell (United States)
2023 Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell[11] Bên trong vỏ kén vàng Pham Thien An (Vietnam)

Caméra d'Or — Mention Spéciale Edit

Some years, some films that didn't win the award have received a special mention for their outstanding quality as first features in Cannes. Also called Caméra d'Or — Mention or Caméra d'Or — Mention d'honneur.

Year English / International title Original title Director
1989 Waller's Last Trip Wallers letzter Gang Christian Wagner (Germany)
The Birth പിറവി (Piravi) Shaji N. Karun (India)
1990 Time of the Servants Čas sluhů Irena Pavlásková (Czechoslovakia)
Farendj Sabine Prenczina (France)
1991 Proof Jocelyn Moorhouse (Australia)
Sam & Me Deepa Mehta (India)
1993 Friends Elaine Proctor (South Africa)
1994 The Silences of the Palace Samt el qusur Moufida Tlatli (Tunisia)
1995 Denise Calls Up Hal Salwen (USA)
1997 The Life of Jesus La Vie de Jésus Bruno Dumont (France)
2002 Japón Carlos Reygadas (Mexico)
2003 Osama Siddiq Barmak (Afghanistan)
2004 Passages Lu Cheng Yang Chao (China)
Bitter Dream Khab-e talkh Mohsen Amiryoussefi (Iran)
2007 Control Anton Corbijn (Netherlands)
2008 Everybody Dies but Me Vse umrut, a ya ostanus Valeriya Gai Germanika (Russia)
2009 Ajami Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani (Israel)

References Edit

  1. ^ Caméra d'Or page in English Cannes's official website
  2. ^ Spanish interview with Gilles Jacob before the 60th festival Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine El
  3. ^ Caméra d'Or Jury Cannes Festival Official Site
  4. ^ Caméra d'Or Rules & Regulations 2011 Archived 2012-08-11 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Cannes Prizewinner Vimukthi Jayasundara Sets France-Sri Lanka Project ‘Turtle’s Gaze on Spying Stars’ (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety
  6. ^ ‘Close’: Behind the Scenes of the Most Heartbreaking Coming-of-Age Story of the Year|IndieWire
  7. ^ Actress Rossy de Palma, President of the Jury of the Camera d'Or at the 75th Festival de Cannes - Festival de Cannes
  8. ^ Rossy de Palma to lead Cannes 2022 Camera d’Or jury|News|Screen Daily
  9. ^ “Murina” by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović wins Camera d’Or award at Cannes Film Festival|Croatia Week
  10. ^ 'Triangle of Sadness' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Fest : NPR
  11. ^ Debruge, Peter (27 May 2023). "Cannes Awards: 'Anatomy of a Fall' Takes Palme d'Or, 'The Zone of Interest' and 'The Pot au Feu' Among Winners". Variety. Retrieved 27 May 2023.

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