The palm d’or It is the highest award given by the Cannes Film Festival, and it has been one that has resisted our cinematography quite a bit. In fact, in the almost seven decades of history of the French event we have only won one Palme d’Or: that of Luis Bunuel by viridiana. And this is not because Cannes did not pay more attention to the filmmaker than that, but because other of his films that were widely recognized were Mexican productions.
It was the case of The forgotten (Best Director in 1951) or nazarin (International Award), while viridiana It also meant a Spanish-Mexican co-production with censorship. Beyond Buñuel, there have been two authors who have guaranteed the prestige of Spain in the Croisette: the recently deceased Carlos Saura (with four films scratching prize) and Pedro Almodovar (with three).
Below is a list of all the titles that won prizes in Cannes, waiting for the imminent edition to bring some more titles.
Welcome, Mr. Marshall (Luis García Berlanga, 1953)
best comedy and Special mention to the script by Luis García Berlanga, Juan Antonio Bardem and Miguel Mihura.
Marcelino, bread and wine (Ladislao Vajda, 1954)
special prize for the boy Pablo Calvo
Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)
palm d’or (ex aequo a long absence by Henri Colpi)
Cousin Angelica (Carlos Saura, 1974)
Raise crows… (Carlos Saura, 1976)
Grand Jury Prize (ex aequo The Marchioness of O by Eric Rohmer)
Pascual Duarte (Ricardo Franco, 1976)
best Actor for Jose Luis Gomez
Elisa, my life (Carlos Saura, 1977)
best Actor for Fernando Rey
Carmen (Carlos Saura, 1983)
technical grand prize and best artistic contribution
The Holy Innocents (Mario Camus, 1984)
best Actor ex-aequo Alfredo Landa and Paco Rabal
The quince sun (Víctor Erice, 1992)
All About My Mother (1999)
best direction for Pedro Almodovar
Best screenplay for Pedro Almodovar, Best actress for the female cast (Penelope Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Carmen Maura…)
Pain and Glory (2019)
best Actor for Antonio Banderas
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