1985 Cannes Film Festival

1985 Cannes Film Festival

Official poster of the 38th Cannes Film Festival, a tribute to English photographer Eadweard Muybridge.[1]
Opening film Witness
Closing film The Emerald Forest
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (When Father Was Away on Business)
Number of films 20 (In Competition)[2]
17 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Out of Competition)
4 (Short Film)
Festival date 8 May 1985 (1985-05-08) – 20 May 1985 (1985-05-20)
Website festival-cannes.com/en

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

The festival opened with Witness, directed by Peter Weir and closed with The Emerald Forest, directed by John Boorman.[5][6][7] 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.[8]


Films in competition

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or.[9]

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
Adieu Bonaparteوداعا بونابرتYoussef Chahine  Egypt
Birdy Alan Parker  United States
Bliss Ray Lawrence  Australia
Chicken with VinegarPoulet au vinaigreClaude Chabrol France
The Coca-Cola Kid Dušan Makavejev  Australia
Colonel Redl Oberst Redl István Szabó  Hungary
DerborenceFrancis Reusser   Switzerland
Détective DétectiveJean-Luc Godard  France
Farewell to the Arkさらば箱舟Shūji Terayama  Japan
Insignificance Nicolas Roeg  United Kingdom
Joshua Then and Now Ted Kotcheff  Canada
Kiss of the Spider Woman O Beijo da Mulher AranhaHéctor Babenco  Brazil
The Official Story La historia oficialLuis Puenzo  Argentina
Madman at War Scemo di guerra Dino Risi  Italy
Mask Peter Bogdanovich  United States
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters Paul Schrader  United States
Pale Rider Clint Eastwood  United States
Rendez-vous André Téchiné  France
The Two Lives of Mattia Pascal Le due vite di Mattia PascalMario Monicelli  Italy
When Father Was Away on Business Отац на службеном путу Emir Kusturica  Yugoslavia

Un Certain Regard

Miloš Forman, Jury President

Films out of competition

Short film competition


Emir Kusturica, winner of the Palme d'Or at the event.


  1. "Posters 1985". Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  2. "Official Selection 1985 : All the Selection". Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. Meisler, Stanley (21 May 1985). "Unusual Choice For Cannes Jury : Yugoslav Film Snares Golden Palm". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  4. "1985 - The last Congratulations". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. Harmetz, Aljean (9 May 1985). "STRONG U.S. PRESENCE AT 38TH CANNES FESTIVAL". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  6. "Celebrating 'Le Cinema' In Cannes". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  7. Mathews, Jack (20 May 1998). "Boorman Is Back on the Cannes Beat". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  8. "Stereo Version Of `Glenn Miller Story` A Sound Piece Of Show Biz". Chicago Tribune. 12 May 1985. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  9. "Festival de Cannes: In Competition". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-05-13.

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