1972 Cannes Film Festival

The 25th Cannes Film Festival was held from 4 to 19 May 1972. The Palme d'Or went to the La classe operaia va in paradiso by Elio Petri and Il Caso Mattei by Francesco Rosi.[2][4]

1972 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 25th Cannes Film Festival.[1]
Opening filmL'aventure c'est l'aventure
Closing filmFrenzy
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (La classe
operaia va in paradiso

and Il Caso Mattei)[2]
No. of films25 (In Competition)[3]
20 (Out of Competition)
14 (Short Film)
Festival date4 May 1972 (1972-05-04) – 19 May 1972 (1972-05-19)

The festival opened with L'aventure c'est l'aventure, directed by Claude Lelouch[5][6] and closed with Frenzy, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.[7]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1972 feature film competition:[8]

Feature films

Short films

  • Frédéric Rossif (France) President
  • Istvan Dosai (Hungary) (Cinématographie official)
  • Vicente Pineda (Italy) (journalist)

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[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]

  • Atlantyda by Piotr Szpakowicz
  • The Birth of Aphrodite by Leland Auslender
  • Le Fusil à lunette by Jean Chapot
  • Giovanni Michelucci by Fernando Cerchio
  • Hundertwasser's Rainy Day by Peter Schamoni
  • '[Jour de classe by Henri Jouf
  • Magic Graz by Curt M. Faudon
  • Malka dnevna muzika by Ivan Vesselinov
  • Mini by Stoian Doukov
  • I Omorfia tou thanatou by Nestoras Matsas
  • Operation X-70 by Raoul Servais
  • Pour solde de tout compte by Louis Pitzele
  • Een Zeer zonnige wereld by Pieter De Groot
  • Zikkaron by Laurent Coderre

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 11th International Critics' Week (11e Semaine de la Critique):[9]

  • Avoir 20 ans dans les Aurès by René Vautier (France)
  • Fritz the Cat by Ralph Bakshi (United States)
  • The Hamburg Uprising of 1923 (Der Hamburger Aufstand Oktober 1923) by Reiner Etz, Gisela Tuchtenhagen, Klaus Wildenhahn (W. Germany)
  • Dirty Money (La Maudite Galette) by Denys Arcand (Canada)
  • Pilgrimage by Beni Montreso (United States)
  • The Trial of Catonsville Nine by Gorgon Davidson (United States)
  • Winter Soldier (Anonymous) (United States)
  • Prata Palomares by André Faria (Brazil) (screening was canceled at the request of the Brazilian government)

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1972 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[10]

Short films
  • Autoportrait d'un pornographe by Robert Swaim (France)
  • Camille ou la comédie catastrophique by Claude Miller (France)
  • Celui qui venait d'ailleurs by Atahualpa Lichy, J.P. Torok (France)
  • Das Kaputte Kino by H.H.K. Schoenherr (Switzerland)
  • Death of a Sandwichman by G. Henderickx, Robbe De Hert (Belgium)
  • Drug Abuse by Pat Lehman (United States)
  • Empereur Tomato-Ketchup by Shuji Terayama (Japan)
  • Homo Augens by Ante Zaninovic (Yougoslavie)
  • Kamasutra Rides Again by Bob Godfrey (Great Britain)
  • La Chute by Paul Dopff (France)
  • Le Cabot by P. Letellier J. (France)
  • Le Sourire by Paul Dopff (France)
  • Légendes et chateaux by Patrick Hella (Belgium)
  • Luger by Georges Bensoussan (France)
  • Saint-Denis sur Avenir by Sarah Maldoror (France)
  • Yunbogi no nikki by Nagisa Oshima (Japan)


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1972 Official selection awards:[2][4]

Short films

Independent awards


Commission Supérieure Technique

Other awards[12]


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  2. "25ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  3. "Official Selection 1972: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. "1972 - Le Jury, Les Prix". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. "L'Aventure c'est l'aventure". festival-lumiere.org (in French). Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. "L'Aventure c'est l'aventure: Sea, sex & classe!". cinecomedies.com. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  7. "The closing films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. "Juries 1972: Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  9. "11e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1972". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  10. "Quinzaine 1972". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  11. "FIPRESCI Awards 1972". fipresci.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  12. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1972". imdb.com. Retrieved 1 July 2017.


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