1985 Cannes Film Festival

The 38th Cannes Film Festival was held from 8 to 20 May 1985. The Palme d'Or went to the When Father Was Away on Business by Emir Kusturica.[3][4][5]

1985 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 38th Cannes Film Festival, a tribute to English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.[1]
Opening filmWitness
Closing filmThe Emerald Forest
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (When Father
Was Away on Business
No. of films20 (In Competition)[2]
17 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Out of Competition)
4 (Short Film)
Festival date8 May 1985 (1985-05-08) – 20 May 1985 (1985-05-20)

The festival opened with Witness, directed by Peter Weir[6][7] and closed with The Emerald Forest, directed by John Boorman.[8][9] The festival paid a tribute to American actor James Stewart and screened a restored version of his 1954 film The Glenn Miller Story, directed by Anthony Mann.[10]


Main competition

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1985 feature film competition:[11]

Camera d'Or

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1985 Camera d'Or:

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[2]

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
Adieu Bonaparteوداعا بونابرتYoussef ChahineEgypt
BirdyAlan ParkerUnited States
BlissRay LawrenceAustralia
Chicken with VinegarPoulet au vinaigreClaude ChabrolFrance
The Coca-Cola KidDušan MakavejevAustralia
Colonel RedlOberst RedlIstván SzabóHungary
DerborenceFrancis ReusserSwitzerland
DétectiveDétectiveJean-Luc GodardFrance
Farewell to the Arkさらば箱舟Shūji TerayamaJapan
InsignificanceNicolas RoegUnited Kingdom
Joshua Then and NowTed KotcheffCanada
Kiss of the Spider WomanO Beijo da Mulher AranhaHéctor BabencoBrazil
The Official StoryLa historia oficialLuis PuenzoArgentina
Madman at WarScemo di guerraDino RisiItaly
MaskPeter BogdanovichUnited States
Mishima: A Life in Four ChaptersPaul SchraderUnited States
Pale RiderClint EastwoodUnited States
Rendez-vousAndré TéchinéFrance
The Two Lives of Mattia PascalLe due vite di Mattia PascalMario MonicelliItaly
When Father Was Away on Business - Palme d'Or winnerОтац на службеном путуEmir KusturicaYugoslavia

Un Certain Regard

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[2]

Films out of competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[2]

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[2]

  • L'anniversaire de Georges by Patrick Traon
  • Mariage (Jenitba) by Slav Bakalov and Rumen Petkov
  • Stop by Krzysztof Kiwerski
  • Tusagi by Bondo Shoshitaishvili

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 24th International Critics' Week (24e Semaine de la Critique):[12]

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1985 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[13]


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1985 Official selection awards:[14]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[15]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[16]

Award of the Youth[17]


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  2. "Official Selection 1985: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013.
  3. "38ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in French). Retrieved 6 June 2017.
  4. "1985 - The last Congratulations". cannes-fest.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  5. Meisler, Stanley (21 May 1985). "Unusual Choice For Cannes Jury : Yugoslav Film Snares Golden Palm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  6. Harmetz, Aljean (9 May 1985). "Strong U.S. Presence at 38th Cannes Festival". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. "Celebrating 'Le Cinema' In Cannes". Archived from the original on 27 December 2015. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  8. Mathews, Jack (20 May 1998). "Boorman Is Back on the Cannes Beat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. "The closing films at Cannes". vodkaster.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. "Stereo Version Of `Glenn Miller Story` A Sound Piece Of Show Biz". Chicago Tribune. 12 May 1985. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  11. "All Juries 1985". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  12. "24e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 1985". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  13. "Quinzaine 1985". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  14. "Awards 1985: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 14 January 2013.
  15. "FIPRESCI Awards 1985". fipresci.org. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  16. "Jury Œcuménique 1985". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 27 June 2017.
  17. "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 1985". imdb.com. Retrieved 27 June 2017.


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