1989 Cannes Film Festival

The 42nd Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 23 May 1989. The Palme d'Or went to the Sex, Lies, and Videotape by Steven Soderbergh.[4][5][6][7]

1989 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 42nd Cannes Film Festival, featuring an original illustration by Ludovic.[1]
Opening filmNew York Stories
Closing filmOld Gringo
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Sex, Lies,
and Videotape
No. of films22 (En Competition)[3]
19 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Out of Competition)
10 (Short Film)
Festival date11 May 1989 (1989-05-11) – 23 May 1989 (1989-05-23)

The festival opened with New York Stories, anthology film directed by Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese[8] and closed with Old Gringo, directed by Luis Puenzo.[9][10]

During the 1989 festival, the first Cinéma & liberté forum was held with the participation of a hundred famous directors from many countries. They discussed about the freedom of expression and signed a declaration protesting against all forms of censorship still existing in the world.[11]


Main competition

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1989 feature film competition:[12]

Camera d'Or

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1989 Camera d'Or:

  • Raf Vallone (actor) president
  • Bernard Jubard
  • Klaus Eder (journalist)
  • Moustafa Salah Hashem (journalist)
  • Peter Scarlet (cinephile)
  • Philippe Maarek (critic)
  • Suzanne Schiffman (screenwriter)
  • Yvan Gauthier (cinephile)

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.

Special screenings

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Palme d'Or du court métrage:[3]

  • Beau Fixe Sur Cormeilles by Gilles Lacombe
  • Blind Alley by Emmanuel Salinger
  • Full Metal Racket by William Nunez
  • The Gest of Segu (Segu janjo) by Mambaye Coulibaly
  • Kitchen Sink by Alison Maclean
  • Manly Games (Muzné hry) by Jan Svankmajer
  • Performance Pieces (Morceaux Choisis) by Tom Abrams
  • The Persistent Peddler (Le Colporteur) by Claude Cloutier
  • Le Théâtre du Père Carlo by Rao Kheidmets
  • Yes We Can by Faith Hubley

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following feature films were screened for the 28th International Critics' Week (28e Semaine de la Critique):[14]

Feature film competition

  • Rose of the Desert (Rose des Sables) by Mohamed Rachid Benhadj (Algeria)
  • Tjoet Nja’ Dhien by Eros Djarot (Indonesia)
  • As Tears Go By by Wong Kar-wai (Hong Kong)
  • Waller's Last Trip (Wallers letzter Gang) by Christian Wagner (Germany)
  • Arab by Fadhel Jaibi and Fadhel Jaziri (Tunisia)
  • La Ville de Yun by U-Sun Kim (Japan)
  • Les Poissons morts (Die toten Fische) by Michael Synek (Austria)
  • Montalvo et l’enfant by Claude Mourieras (France)
  • Black Square (Chyornyy kvadrat) by Iosif Pasternak (USSR)
  • Duende by Jean-Blaise Junod (Switzerland)

Short film competition

  • Warszawa Koluszki by Jerzy Zalewski (Poland)
  • Le Porte plume by Marie-Christine Perrodin (France)
  • Blind Curve by Gary Markowitz (United States)
  • The Three Soldiers by Kamal Musale (Switzerland)
  • Work Experience by James Hendrie (U.K.)
  • Der Mensch mit den modernen Nerven by Bady Minck (Austria)
  • Trombone en coulisses by Hubert Toint (Belgium/France)
  • Wstega mobiusa by Lukasz Karwowski (Poland)
  • La Femme mariée de Nam Xuong by Tran Anh Hung (France)

Directors' Fortnight

The following feature films were screened for the 1989 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[15]


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1989 awards:[2][16][17]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[19]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[20]

Award of the Youth[18]

Other awards


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  13. "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
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  20. "Jury Œcuménique 1989". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 29 June 2017.


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