Best Director Award (Cannes Film Festival)

The Best Director Award (French: Prix de la mise en scène) is an annual award presented at the Cannes Film Festival for best directing achievements in a feature film screened as part of festival's official selection (i.e. films selected for the competition program which compete for the festival's main prize Palme d'Or). Awarded by festival's jury, it was first given in 1946.

The prize was not awarded on 12 occasions (1947, 1953–54, 1960, 1962–64, 1971, 1973–74, 1977, 1980). In addition, the festival was not held at all in 1948 and 1950, while in 1968 no awards were given as the festival was called off mid-way due to the May 1968 events in France. Also, the jury vote was tied and prize was shared by two directors on seven occasions (1955, 1969, 1975, 1983, 2001, 2002 and 2016).

The winner of Best Director Award rarely wins the Palme d'Or, the main prize at the festival (note that the Palme d'Or is awarded to the film's director as well; the only exception is the case of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, where the actresses are also awarded with the director). This happened only twice, in 1991, when Joel Coen won both awards for Barton Fink, and in 2003, when Gus Van Sant won for his film Elephant.

List of Winners

Year Director Film Country
1946 (1st) Clément, RenéRené Clément The Battle of the Rails  France
1949 (3rd) Clément, RenéRené Clément The Walls of Malapaga  France
1951 (4th) Buñuel, LuisLuis Buñuel Los Olvidados  Mexico
1952 (5th) Christian-Jaque Fanfan la Tulipe  France
1955 (8th) Dassin, JulesJules Dassin Rififi  United States
Vasilyev, SergeiSergei Vasilyev Heroes of Shipka  Soviet Union
1956 (9th) Yutkevich, SergeiSergei Yutkevich Othello  Soviet Union
1957 (10th) Bresson, RobertRobert Bresson A Man Escaped  France
1958 (11th) Bergman, IngmarIngmar Bergman Brink of Life  Sweden
1959 (12th) Truffaut, FrançoisFrançois Truffaut The 400 Blows  France
1961 (14th) Solntseva, YuliyaYuliya Solntseva The Story of the Flaming Years  Soviet Union
1965 (18th) Ciulei, LiviuLiviu Ciulei Forest of the Hanged  Romania
1966 (19th) Yutkevich, SergeiSergei Yutkevich Lenin in Poland  Soviet Union
1967 (20th) Kósa, FerencFerenc Kósa Ten Thousand Days  Hungary
1969 (22nd) Rocha, GlauberGlauber Rocha Antonio das Mortes  Brazil
Jasný, VojtěchVojtěch Jasný All My Compatriots  Czechoslovakia
1970 (23rd) Boorman, JohnJohn Boorman Leo the Last  United Kingdom
1972 (25th) Jancsó, MiklósMiklós Jancsó Red Psalm  Hungary
1975 (28th) Brault, MichelMichel Brault Orderers  Canada
Gavras, CostaCosta Gavras Special Section  Greece
1976 (29th) Scola, EttoreEttore Scola Down and Dirty  Italy
1978 (31st) Oshima, NagisaNagisa Oshima Empire of Passion  Japan
1979 (32nd) Malick, TerrenceTerrence Malick Days of Heaven  United States
1982 (35th) Herzog, WernerWerner Herzog Fitzcarraldo  West Germany
1983 (36th) Bresson, RobertRobert Bresson L'Argent  France
Tarkovsky, AndreiAndrei Tarkovsky Nostalghia  Soviet Union
1984 (37th) Tavernier, BertrandBertrand Tavernier A Sunday in the Country  France
1985 (38th) Téchiné, AndréAndré Téchiné Rendez-vous  France
1986 (39th) Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese After Hours  United States
1987 (40th) Wenders, WimWim Wenders Wings of Desire  West Germany
1988 (41st) Solanas, FernandoFernando Solanas Sur  Argentina
1989 (42nd) Kusturica, EmirEmir Kusturica Time of the Gypsies  Yugoslavia
1990 (43rd) Lungin, PavelPavel Lungin Taxi Blues  Soviet Union
1991 (44th) Coen, JoelJoel Coen Barton Fink  United States
1992 (45th) Altman, RobertRobert Altman The Player  United States
1993 (46th) Leigh, MikeMike Leigh Naked  United Kingdom
1994 (47th) Moretti, NanniNanni Moretti Caro diario  Italy
1995 (48th) Kassovitz, MathieuMathieu Kassovitz La Haine  France
1996 (49th) Coen, JoelJoel Coen Fargo  United States
1997 (50th) Wong, Kar-waiWong Kar-wai Happy Together  Hong Kong
1998 (51st) Boorman, JohnJohn Boorman The General  United Kingdom
1999 (52nd) Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar All About My Mother  Spain
2000 (53rd) Yang, EdwardEdward Yang Yi Yi  Taiwan
2001 (54th) Coen, JoelJoel Coen The Man Who Wasn't There  United States
Lynch, DavidDavid Lynch Mulholland Drive  United States
2002 (55th) Im, Kwon-taekIm Kwon-taek Painted Fire  South Korea
Anderson, Paul ThomasPaul Thomas Anderson Punch-Drunk Love  United States
2003 (56th) Van Sant, GusGus Van Sant Elephant  United States
2004 (57th) Gatlif, TonyTony Gatlif Exiles  France
2005 (58th) Haneke, MichaelMichael Haneke Caché  Austria
2006 (59th) González Iñárritu, AlejandroAlejandro González Iñárritu Babel  Mexico
2007 (60th) Schnabel, JulianJulian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly  United States
2008 (61st) Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan Three Monkeys  Turkey
2009 (62nd) Mendoza, BrillanteBrillante Mendoza Kinatay  Philippines
2010 (63rd) Amalric, MathieuMathieu Amalric On Tour  France
2011 (64th) Winding Refn, NicolasNicolas Winding Refn Drive  Denmark
2012 (65th) Reygadas, CarlosCarlos Reygadas Post Tenebras Lux  Mexico
2013 (66th) Escalante, AmatAmat Escalante Heli  Mexico
2014 (67th) Miller, BennettBennett Miller Foxcatcher  United States
2015 (68th) Hou, Hsiao-HsienHou Hsiao-Hsien The Assassin  Taiwan
2016 (69th) Mungiu, CristianCristian Mungiu Graduation  Romania
Assayas, OlivierOlivier Assayas Personal Shopper  France

Multiple winners

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