1970 Cannes Film Festival

The 23rd Cannes Film Festival ran from 3 to 18 May 1970. This year, Robert Favre LeBret, the founder of the festival, decided not to include any films from Russia and Japan (their flags were missing on the Croisette). He was tired of the "Slavic spectacles and Japanese samurai flicks.".[4][5] The Russians took back their juror Sergei Obraztsov (head of Moscow puppet theater) and left the jury panel with only eight members.

1970 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 23rd Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by French artist René Ferracci.[1]
Opening filmLes Choses de la vie
Closing filmLe Bal du Comte d'Orgel
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (MASH)[2]
No. of films25 (In Competition)[3]
8 (Out of Competition)
12 (Short Film)
Festival date2 May 1970 (1970-05-02) – 16 May 1970 (1970-05-16)

Nobel Prize for Literature winner Miguel Ángel Asturias was appointed as President of the Jury. At the time, he was serving as ambassador from Guatemala to France. The Palme d'Or went to the MASH by Robert Altman.[2][6] The festival opened with Les Choses de la vie, directed by Claude Sautet and closed with Le Bal du Comte d'Orgel, directed by Marc Allégret.[7][8]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1970 film competition:[9][2]

Feature films

Short films

  • Fred Orain (producer)
  • Jerzy Płażewski (Polish critic)
  • Vincio Delleani

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

The following feature films competed for the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film:[3]

Films out of competition

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

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Prix du Jury:[3]

  • A Day With the Boys by Volker Schlöndorff
  • Comme Larrons En Foire by Edmond Freess
  • El diablo sin dama by Eduardo Calcagno
  • Et Salammbo? by Jean-Pierre Richard
  • Gipsy Pentecost (The Feast of St. Sara) by Laurence Boulting
  • Kaleidoski by Jacques Ertaud
  • L'autre silence by Nestor Matsas
  • Light (Lumière) by Paul Cohen
  • Magic Machines by Bob Curtis
  • Smrtici vone (Le parfum mortel) by Vaclav Bedrich
  • The Epitaph by Gurucharan Singh
  • Un temps pour la mémoire by Georges Pessis

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following films were screened for the 9th International Critics' Week (9e Semaine de la Critique):[10]

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1970 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[11]

Short films
  • 20 September by Kurt Kren (France)
  • Aaa by Dieter Meier (France)
  • Ai Love by Takahiko Limura (France)
  • All My Life by Bruce Baillie (United States)
  • American Woman by Bruce E. Meintjies (United States)
  • Back And Forth by Michael Snow (United States)
  • Bartleby 1970 by Jean-Pierre Bastid (France)
  • Béjart by Atahualpa Lichy (France)
  • Berkeley by Patrick Reynolds (United States)
  • Bliss by Gregory Markopoulos (France)
  • Cosinus Alpha by Kurt Kren (France)
  • Das Sonnenbad by Bernd Upnmoor (Germany)
  • David Perry by Albie Thoms (Australia)
  • Dimanche Après-midi by Stéphane Kurc (France)
  • Disson. Zeitreih by Hans Peter Kochenrath (France)
  • Eros, O Basil by Gregory Markopoulos (France)
  • Faces by John Moore and Takahiko Limura (France)
  • Fenstergucker by Kurt Kren (France)
  • Film Oder Macht by Vlado Kristl (France)
  • Georges Albert, Aventurier by Daniel Edinger (France)
  • In The Void by Ronald Bijlsma (Netherlands)
  • It's So Peaceful by Fritz André Kracht (France)
  • La Bergère En Colère by Francis Warin (France)
  • La Cazadora Inconsciente by Rafael R. Balerdi (Spain)
  • La Question ordinaire by Claude Miller (France)
  • La Tête Froide by Patrick Hella (Belgium)
  • Labyrinthe by Piotr Kamler (France)
  • Le Coo by Paul Dopff (France)
  • Le Voyage De M. Guitton by Pascal Aubier (France)
  • Les Trois Cousins by René Vautier (France)
  • Manha Cinzenta by Olney A. Sau Paulo (Brazil)
  • Mauern by Kurt Kren (France)
  • Messages, Messages by Steven Arnold (United States)
  • One More Time by Daniel Pommereulle (France)
  • Papa und Mama by Kurt Kren (France)
  • Park Rape by Jon Beckjord (United States)
  • Piece Mandala by Paul Sharits (France)
  • Play 4 + 5 by Klaus Schönherr (France)
  • Portrait D. Cor by Klaus Schönherr (France)
  • Portraits by Gregory Markopoulos (France)
  • S.W.B. by Gérard Pires (France)
  • Scenes From by Stan Brakhage (France)
  • Selbst Verst by Selbst Verst (France)
  • Sodoma by Otto Muehl (France)
  • Some Won't Go by Gil Toff (United States)
  • Still Nacht by Hans Peter Kochenrath (France)
  • Stock Exchange Transplant by Douglas Collins (United States)
  • T.O.U.C.H.I.N.G. by Paul Sharits (France)
  • Talla by Malcolm Le Grice (France)
  • The Mechanical Man by Ronald Fritz (United States)
  • Underground Explosion by Kurt Kren (France)
  • Vite by Daniel Pommereulle (France)
  • Work In Progress by W. Hein and G. Hein (France)
  • Zelenka by Robert Rosen (United States)


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1970 Official selection awards:[2][6]

Short films

Independent awards


Commission Supérieure Technique[13]


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