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Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Director

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Best Director Award
Prix de la mise en scène  (French)
Leos Carax Cannes 2012.jpg
The 2021 recipient: Leos Carax
Awarded forBest Achievement in Direction
Presented byCannes Film Festival
First awarded1946
Currently held byLeos Carax
Annette (2021)

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 and chosen by the jury from the films in official competition slate. As of the 2021 festival, Leos Carax is the most recent winner in this category for his work on Annette.


The award was first presented in 1946. The prize was not awarded on 12 occasions (1947, 1953–54, 1960, 1962–64, 1971, 1973–74, 1977, 1980). Additionally, the festival was not held at all in 1948, 1950 and 2020; 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). Joel Coen of the Coen brothers has received the most awards in this category with three. One directing team have shared the award; Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne for Young Ahmed in 2019. Yuliya Solntseva was the first woman to have won the award, for 1961's Chronicle of Flaming Years.

The winner of Best Director Award rarely wins the Palme d'Or, the main prize at the festival that also awarded to the director of the winning film. This happened only twice, in 1991, when Joel Coen won both awards for Barton Fink;[1] and in 2003, when Gus Van Sant winning for his film Elephant.[2]


Table key
# Indicates Ex-aequo winners
Year Director(s) Film Original title
1946 France René Clément The Battle of the Rails La Bataille du rail
1947 No award given that year
1948 Festival not held, no awards given that year
1949 France René Clément The Walls of Malapaga Au-delà des grilles
1950 Festival not held, no awards given that year
1951 Mexico Luis Buñuel Los Olvidados
1952 France Christian Jaque Fanfan la Tulipe
1953 No award given that year
1954 No award given that year
1955 France Jules Dassin # Rififi Du rififi chez les hommes
Soviet Union Sergei Vasilyev # Heroes of Shipka Герои Шипки
1956 Soviet Union Sergei Yutkevich Othello Отелло
1957 France Robert Bresson A Man Escaped or: The Wind Bloweth Where It Listeth Un condamné à mort s'est échappé ou Le vent souffle où il veut
1958 Sweden Ingmar Bergman Brink of Life Nära livet
1959 France François Truffaut The 400 Blows Les Quatre Cents Coups
1960 No award given that year
1961 Soviet Union Yuliya Solntseva Chronicle of Flaming Years Повесть пламенных лет
1962 No award given that year
1963 No award given that year
1964 No award given that year
1965 Romania Liviu Ciulei Forest of the Hanged Pădurea spânzuraților
1966 Soviet Union Sergei Yutkevich Lenin in Poland Ленин в Польше
1967 Hungary Ferenc Kósa Ten Thousand Days Tízezer nap
1968 Festival interrupted, no awards given that year because of the May 1968 events in France
1969 Brazil Glauber Rocha # Antonio das Mortes O Dragão da Maldade contra o Santo Guerreiro
Czechoslovakia Vojtěch Jasný # All My Compatriots Všichni dobří rodáci
1970 United Kingdom John Boorman Leo the Last
1971 No award given that year
1972 Hungary Miklós Jancsó Red Psalm Még kér a nép
1973 No award given that year
1974 No award given that year
1975 Canada Michel Brault # Orders Les Ordres
Greece Costa-Gavras # Special Section Section spéciale
1976 Italy Ettore Scola Down and Dirty Brutti, sporchi e cattivi
1977 No award given that year
1978 Japan Nagisa Ōshima Empire of Passion 愛の亡霊
1979 United States Terrence Malick Days of Heaven
1980 No award given that year
1981 No award given that year
1982 West Germany Werner Herzog Fitzcarraldo
1983 France Robert Bresson # L'Argent
Soviet Union Andrei Tarkovsky # Nostalghia
1984 France Bertrand Tavernier A Sunday in the Country Un dimanche à la campagne
1985 France André Téchiné Rendez-vous
1986 United States Martin Scorsese After Hours
1987 West Germany Wim Wenders Wings of Desire Der Himmel über Berlin
1988 Argentina Fernando Solanas Sur
1989 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Emir Kusturica Time of the Gypsies Дом за вешање
1990 Soviet Union Pavel Lungin Taxi Blues Такси-блюз
1991 United States Joel Coen Barton Fink
1992 United States Robert Altman The Player
1993 United Kingdom Mike Leigh Naked
1994 Italy Nanni Moretti Caro diario
1995 France Mathieu Kassovitz La Haine
1996 United States Joel Coen Fargo
1997 Hong Kong Wong Kar-wai Happy Together 春光乍洩
1998 United Kingdom John Boorman The General
1999 Spain Pedro Almodóvar All About My Mother Todo sobre mi madre
2000 Taiwan Edward Yang Yi Yi 一 一
2001 United States Joel Coen # The Man Who Wasn't There
United States David Lynch # Mulholland Drive
2002 United States Paul Thomas Anderson # Punch-Drunk Love
South Korea Im Kwon-taek # Chi-hwa-seon 취화선
2003 United States Gus Van Sant Elephant
2004 France Tony Gatlif Exils
2005 Austria Michael Haneke Caché
2006 Mexico Alejandro González Iñárritu Babel
2007 United States Julian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
2008 Turkey Nuri Bilge Ceylan Three Monkeys Üç Maymun
2009 Philippines Brillante Mendoza Kinatay
2010 France Mathieu Amalric On Tour Tournée
2011 United States Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
2012 Mexico Carlos Reygadas Post Tenebras Lux
2013 Mexico Amat Escalante Heli
2014 United States Bennett Miller Foxcatcher
2015 Taiwan Hou Hsiao-hsien The Assassin 刺客聶隱娘
2016 France Olivier Assayas # Personal Shopper
Romania Cristian Mungiu # Graduation[3] Bacalaureat
2017 United States Sofia Coppola The Beguiled[4]
2018 Poland Paweł Pawlikowski Cold War Zimna wojna
2019 Belgium Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne Young Ahmed Le Jeune Ahmed
2020 Festival not held, no awards given that year due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 France Leos Carax Annette[5]

Multiple winners

The following individuals received two or more Best Director awards:

Wins Director Nationality
3 Joel Coen  United States
2 John Boorman  United Kingdom
Robert Bresson  France
René Clément  France
Sergei Yutkevich  Soviet Union

See also


External links

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