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The Spanish films that have triumphed in Cannes

The Spanish films that have triumphed in Cannes

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)

‘Welcome, Mr. Marshall’

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)

Still from 'Marcelino, bread and wine'
Still from ‘Marcelino, bread and wine’

special prize for the boy Pablo Calvo

Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)

Final scene of 'Viridiana', landmark of the "achievements" of censorship
Final scene of ‘Viridiana’, milestone of the “achievements” of censorship

palm d’or (ex aequo a long absence by Henri Colpi)

Cousin Angelica (Carlos Saura, 1974)

Still from 'Cousin Angelica'
Still from ‘Cousin Angelica’

Jury Prize

Raise crows… (Carlos Saura, 1976)

Shot of the film 'Cría cuervos' (1976) by Carlos Saura.
Still from ‘Cría cuervos’

Grand Jury Prize (ex aequo The Marchioness of O by Eric Rohmer)

Pascual Duarte (Ricardo Franco, 1976)

Still from 'Pascual Duarte'
Still from ‘Pascual Duarte’

best Actor for Jose Luis Gomez

Elisa, my life (Carlos Saura, 1977)

Still from 'Elisa, my life'
Still from ‘Elisa, my life’

best Actor for Fernando Rey

Carmen (Carlos Saura, 1983)

Still from 'Carmen'
Still from ‘Carmen’

technical grand prize and best artistic contribution

The Holy Innocents (Mario Camus, 1984)

the innocent saints
the innocent saints

best Actor ex-aequo Alfredo Landa and Paco Rabal

The quince sun (Víctor Erice, 1992)

Still from 'El sol del quince'
Still from ‘El sol del quince’

Jury Prize

All About My Mother (1999)

'All about my mother' (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)
‘All about my mother’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)

best direction for Pedro Almodovar

Back (2006)

'Return' (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)
‘Return’ (Pedro Almodóvar, 2006)

Best screenplay for Pedro Almodovar, Best actress for the female cast (Penelope Cruz, Blanca Portillo, Carmen Maura…)

Pain and Glory (2019)

Antonio Banderas in 'Pain and Glory'
Antonio Banderas in ‘Pain and Glory’

best Actor for Antonio Banderas

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