1971 Cannes Film Festival

The 24th Cannes Film Festival was held from 12 to 27 May 1971. The Palme d'Or went to The Go-Between by Joseph Losey.[4][5]

1971 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 24th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by French artist René Ferracci.[1]
Opening filmGimme Shelter
Closing filmLes mariés de l'an II
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (The Go-Between)[2]
No. of films25 (In Competition)[3]
8 (Out of Competition)
15 (Short Film)
Festival date12 May 1971 (1971-05-12) – 27 May 1971 (1971-05-27)

The festival opened with Gimme Shelter, a documentary about English rock band The Rolling Stones directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin and closed with Les mariés de l'an II, directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau.[6][7] The festival paid tribute to Charlie Chaplin and honored him with the title of Commander of the national order of the Legion of Honor.[8][9]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1971 film competition:[10][4]

Feature films

Short films

  • Véra Volmane (France) (journalist) President
  • Charles Duvanel (Switzerland)
  • Etienne Novella (France)

Official selection

In competition – Feature film

The following feature films competed for the Grand Prix International du Festival:[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 Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

  • Astronaut Coffee Break by Edward Casazza
  • Centinelas del silencio by Robert Amram
  • Fair Play by Bronislaw Zeman
  • Hans Hartrung by Christian Ferlet
  • I mari della mia fantasia by Ernesto G. Laura
  • Jardin by Claude Champion
  • La fin du jeu by Renaud Walter
  • Le coeur renverse by Maurice Frydland
  • Memorial by James Allen
  • Mixed-Double by Bent Barfod
  • Patchwork by Georges Schwizgebel, Claude Luyet, Daniel Suter, Manuel Otero, Gérald Poussin
  • Paul Delvaux, ou les femmes défendues by Henri Storck
  • Star Spangled Banner by Roger Flint
  • Stuiter by Jan Oonk
  • Une statuette by Carlos Vilardebo

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 10th International Critics' Week (10e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1971 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]

Short films
  • Apotheosis by John Lennon, Yoko Ono (Great Britain)
  • Cannes, 70... by Jean-Paul Jaud (France)
  • Essai à la mille by Jean-Claude Labrecque (Canada)
  • Estado de sitio by Jaime Chávarri (Spain)
  • Grumes by Jean-Pierre Bonneau (France)
  • Habitude by Dan Wolman (Israel)
  • La belleza by Arturo Ripstein (Mexico)
  • La Pierre qui flotte by Jean-Jacques Andrien (Belgium)
  • Le Cri by Paul Dopff (France)
  • Le Vampire de la Cinémathèque by Roland Lethem (Belgium)
  • Le voyage du Lieutenant Le Bihan by László Szabó (France)
  • Les bulles du cardinal by Ody Roos (Luxembourg)
  • Meatdaze by Jeff Keen (Great Britain)
  • Mégalodrame by Alain Colas (France)
  • Moment by Stephen Dwoskin (Great Britain)
  • Monangambeee by Sarah Maldoror (Angola)
  • Mortem by Adam Schmedes (Denmark)
  • Okasareta hakui by Kōji Wakamatsu (Japan)
  • Please Don't Stand On My Sunshine by Ned Mc Cann (Australia)
  • R.S.V.P. by W. Pinkston, J. Mason V. (United States)
  • Rosée Du Matin by Jean Dasque (France)
  • Sex by David Avidan (Israel)
  • Sur les traces de Baal by Abdellatif Ben Ammar (Tunisia)
  • Underground Again by Laure Guggenheim (France)
  • Venceremos] by Pedro Chaskel (Chile)
  • Viva Cariri by Geraldo Sarno (Brazil)


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1971 Official selection awards:[2][4][5]

Short films

  • Prix spécial du Jury: Star Spangled Banner by Roger Flint
  • Special mention (or Jury Prize):
    • Stuiter by Jan Oonk
    • Une Statuette by Carlos Vilardebó

Independent awards


Commission Supérieure Technique[14]

OCIC Award[14]

Other awards[14]


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  2. "Awards 1971 : All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
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  4. "24ème Festival International du Film – Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  5. "1971 - Le Jury, Les Prix". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  6. "From anecdote to legend". cannes.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. "Charlie Chaplin Stole the Show at the 1971 Cannes Film Festival". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. "1971: Tribute to Charlie Chaplin". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013.
  9. "25th Cannes Film Festival". ina.fr. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. "Juries 1971: Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. "10e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1971". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. "Quinzaine 1971". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  13. "FIPRESCI Awards 1971". fipresci.org. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  14. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1971". imdb.com. Retrieved 2 July 2017.


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