1976 Cannes Film Festival

The 29th Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 to 28 May 1976. The Palme d'Or went to Taxi Driver by Martin Scorsese.[4] In 1976, "L'Air du temps", a new section which was non-competitive and focused on contemporary subjects, was introduced. This section, along with sections "Les Yeux fertiles" of the previous year and "Le Passé composé" of the next year, were integrated into Un Certain Regard in 1978.[5][6]

1976 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 29th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Polish painter Wojciech Siudmak.[1]
Opening filmThat's Entertainment, Part II
Closing filmFamily Plot
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Taxi Driver)[2]
No. of films20 (In Competition)[3]
25 (Out of Competition)
10 (Short Film)
Festival date13 May 1976 (1976-05-13) – 28 May 1976 (1976-05-28)

The festival opened with the documentary That's Entertainment, Part II, directed by Gene Kelly,[7][8] and closed with Family Plot, directed by Alfred Hitchcock.[9]


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1976 feature film competition:[10]

Feature films

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]

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 15th International Critics' Week (15e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

  • Une Fille unique by Philippe Nahou (France)
  • Der Gehulfe by Thomas Koerfer (Switzerland)
  • Harvest : Three Thousand Years by Haïlé Gerima (Ethiopia)
  • Iracema by Jorge Bodansky, Orlando Senna (Brazil, W. Germany, France)
  • Mélodrame by Jean-Louis Jorge (France)
  • Le Temps de l’avant by Anne-Claire Poirier (Canada)
  • Tracks by Henry Jaglom (USA)

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1976 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]

Short films
  • L'enfant prisonnier by Jean-Michel Carré (France)
  • The Labyrinth Tale (Meikyū-tan) by Shuji Terayama (Japan)
  • Leonina by Jean-Paul Courraud (France)
  • Les Stars by Serge Lutens (France)
  • Pierre Molinier - 7 Rue Des Faussets by Noël Simsolo (France - Luxembourg)
  • Walter by Serge Dubor (France)


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1976 Official selection awards:[2]

Short films

Independent awards


Commission Supérieure Technique


  1. "Posters 1976". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013.
  2. "Awards 1976: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 20 December 2013.
  3. "Official Selection 1976: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 December 2013.
  4. "29ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  5. "1976 - Les Affranchis (Goodfellas)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  6. "Festival de Cannes: Les différentes catégories de sélections". francofolies.over-blog.es. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. Peter Levinson. "Puttin' On the Ritz: Fred Astaire and the Fine Art of Panache". books.google.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  8. "The opening films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. "The closing films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. "Juries 1976: Long film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. "15e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1976". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  12. "Quinzaine 1976". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  13. "FIPRESCI Awards 1976". fipresci.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.


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