1991 Cannes Film Festival

The 44th Cannes Film Festival was held from 9 to 20 May 1991. The Palme d'Or went to the Barton Fink by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.[4][5][6][7]

1991 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 44th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Philippe and Pascal Lemoine.[1]
Opening filmHomicide
Closing filmThelma & Louise
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Barton Fink)[2]
No. of films19 (En Competition)[3]
20 (Un Certain Regard)
7 (Out of Competition)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date9 May 1991 (1991-05-09) – 20 May 1991 (1991-05-20)

The festival opened with Homicide, directed by David Mamet[8] and closed with Thelma & Louise, directed by Ridley Scott.[9]


Main competition

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1991 feature film competition:[10]

Camera d'Or

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1991 Camera d'Or:[4]

  • Géraldine Chaplin (actress) (United States) President
  • Didier Beaudet (France)
  • Eva Sirbu (journalist) (Romania)
  • Fernando Lara (cinephile) (Spain)
  • Gilles Colpart (critic) (France)
  • Jan Aghed (journalist) (Sweden)
  • Myriam Zemmour (cinephile) (France)
  • Roger Kahane (director) (France)

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

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

English title Original title Director(s) Production
The Assassin of the TsarTsareubiytsaKaren ShakhnazarovSoviet Union
Anna KaramazoffRustam KhamdamovSoviet Union
Barton Fink - Palme d'Or winnerJoel Coen and Ethan CoenUnited States
La Belle NoiseuseJacques RivetteFrance / Switzerland
BixPupi AvatiItaly
Cold MoonLune froidePatrick BouchiteyFrance
The Double Life of VéroniqueLa double vie de VéroniqueKrzysztof KieślowskiPoland / France / Norway
EuropaLars von TrierDenmark / France / Germany / Sweden / Switzerland
The FleshLa carneMarco FerreriItaly
Guilty by SuspicionIrwin WinklerUnited States / France
HomicideDavid MametUnited States
Jungle FeverSpike LeeUnited States
Life on a StringBiān zǒu biān chàngChen KaigeChina
MalinaWerner SchroeterGermany / Austria
Out of LifeHors la vieMaroun BagdadiFrance
A Rage in HarlemBill DukeUnited States
The Suspended Step of the StorkTo meteoro vima tou pelargouTheodoros AngelopoulosGreece
Van GoghMaurice PialatFrance
The Yes ManIl portaborseDaniele LuchettiItaly

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]

  • Broken Skin by Anna Campion
  • Casino by Gil Bauwens
  • Les éffaceurs by Gérald Frydman
  • Ja walesa by Jacek Skalski
  • Mal de blocs by Marc Saint-Pierre, Nathalie Saint-Gelais
  • La Noce by Régis Obadia, Joëlle Bouvier
  • Nokturno by Nikola Majdak
  • Push Comes to Shove by Bill Plympton
  • La vie selon Luc by Jean-Paul Civeyrac
  • W.A.L. by Robert Turlo
  • With Hands Raised (Z podniesionymi rekami) by Mitko Panov

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following films were screened for the 30th International Critics' Week (30e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

  • Carne by Gaspar Noé (France)
  • Die mysreriosen lebenslinien by David Rühm (Austria)
  • Livraison à domicile by Claude Philippot (France)
  • A Nice Arrangement by Gurinder Chadha (U.K.)
  • Once Upon a Time by Kristian Petri (Sweden)
  • Petit drame dans la vie d’une femme by Andrée Pelletier (Canada)
  • Une Symphonie du havre by Barbara Doran (Canada)

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1991 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]

Short films


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1991 Official selection awards:[2][13]

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[15]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[16]

Award of the Youth[14]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[14]


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