1981 Cannes Film Festival

The 34th Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 to 27 May 1981. The Palme d'Or went to the Człowiek z żelaza by Andrzej Wajda.[4][5] The festival opened with Three Brothers (Tre fratelli) by Francesco Rosi[6][7] and closed with Honeysuckle Rose, directed by Jerry Schatzberg.[8]

1981 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 34th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Michel Landi.[1]
Opening filmThree Brothers
Closing filmHoneysuckle Rose
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Człowiek z żelaza)[2]
No. of films22 (In Competition)[3]
15 (Un Certain Regard)
14 (Out of Competition)
13 (Short Film)
Festival date13 May 1981 (1981-05-13) – 27 May 1981 (1981-05-27)


The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1981 feature film competition:[9]

Feature films

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3]

Un Certain Regard

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[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]

  • Alephah by Gérald Frydman
  • André Derain, thèmes et variations by François Porcile
  • Dilemma by John Halas
  • Diskzokej by Jiří Barta
  • Král a skritek by Lubomír Beneš
  • Manövergäste by G. Nicolas Hayek
  • Maskirani razbojni by Petar Lalovic
  • Moto Perpetuo by Béla Vajda
  • Ne me parlez plus jamais d'amour by Sylvain Madigan
  • Le Rat by Elisabeth Huppert
  • Ravnovesie by Boiko Kanev
  • Trcanje by Dusko Sevo
  • Zea by André Leduc

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 20th International Critics' Week (20e Semaine de la Critique):[10]

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1981 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[11]

Short films
  • Evolution by Sheila Graber
  • Face To Face by Sheila Graber
  • Le Miroir Vivant by Eunice Hutchins, Norbert Barnich
  • Michelangelo by Sheila Graber
  • Music For Film by Jean-Claude Wouters
  • Pour Trois Minutes De Gloire by Jean-Claude Bronckart
  • T.V.O. by Carlos Castillo
  • The Electric Disco Chicken by Bob Goodness
  • Tous Les Garcons by Yves Laberge
  • Tre Per Eccesso by Giampierro Vinciguerra
  • Uno Para Todos, Todos Para Todos by Carlos Castillo


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1981 awards:[2]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[12]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[13]

Young Cinema Award[14]


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  2. "Awards 1981: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 12 November 2013.
  3. "Official Selection 1981: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013.
  4. "34ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  5. "1981 - Patrimoine National (National Heritage)". cannes-fest.com (in French). Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  6. "Out of Competition - Opening film - Tre Fratelli". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  7. "The opening films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. "The closing films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. "Juries 1981: Feature film". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 15 April 2016.
  10. "20e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1981". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  11. "Quinzaine 1981". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. "FIPRESCI Awards 1981". fipresci.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  13. "Jury Œcuménique 1981". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  14. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1981". imdb.com. Retrieved 30 June 2017.


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