The great Cannes quiz: do you know the events that have marked the history of the festival?

1. On September 1, 1939, the Cannes Film Festival is due to begin, but it will be postponed until later. Why ?

A – In charge of inaugurating it, Louis Lumière, the inventor of cinema, missed the train at La Ciotat station

B – Filled with wealthy vacationers, the Carlton and the Majestic are sold out. There is no longer a palace to house the expected big stars, including Cary Grant and Michèle Morgan

C – Hitler invaded Poland

2. Finally launched in 1946, the Cannes Film Festival then awards major prizes to award-winning films. He will distribute eleven during the first edition, in particular to Rome open city by Rossellini and brief encounter by David Lean. When will the Palme d’or appear?

A-1954

B-1955

C-1956

3. Which film will get the first Palme d’or?

HAS – Martin, by Delbert Mann

B- The Gold of Naples, by Vittorio De Sica

VS – East of Edenby Elia Kazan

4. Author of unflattering articles about the 1957 edition, a critic was banned from the festival in 1958. He returned in 1959 but as a filmmaker and even won the prize for directing.

A – Jean-Luc Godard

B – Eric Rohmer

C – Francois Truffaut

5. Jean Cocteau, Marcel Pagnol, Jean Giono, Françoise Sagan… The president of the jury for this film festival was often a great French writer. Or Belgian. To whom did Georges Simenon’s jury award the Palme d’Or in 1960?

A – Federico Fellini (The good life)

B – Michelangelo Antonioni (Adventure)

C – Ingmar Bergman (The source)

6. Cannes, land of scandals: a starlet poses with Robert Mitchum’s hands as a bra, Lars von Trier says “understanding Hitler”… But which film provoked a hysterical reaction from the public to the point of spitting on its director Marco Ferreri and its actors, however adored: Philippe Noiret, Michel Piccoli and Marcello Mastroianni?

HAS – Feast

B- Junk food

VS – The food opera

7. 1969 saw the appearance on the Croisette of an unofficial section. Which ?

A – Critics’ Week

B – The Directors’ Fortnight

C – A certain look

8. Being a jury president can be dangerous. Violently attacked by moviegoers and even more so by his compatriots for having awarded the 1977 Palme d’Or to Padre Padrone of the Taviani rather than A particular day of Scola; an illustrious Italian director dies five days after the deliberations.

A – Luchino Visconti

B – Pier Paolo Pasolini

C – Roberto Rossellini

9. Not always easy for the jury to choose a single film from among the twenty or so in Competition. In the 1970s, it was not uncommon to cut the Palme in half. With whom Volker Schlöndorff (The drum) shared his in 1979?

A – Terrence Malick (The Harvests of Heaven)

B – Francis Ford Coppola (Apocalypse Now)

C – Bob Fosse (All That Jazz)

10. Although less committed than Berlin, the Cannes Film Festival has always been a political issue. Three films by Alain Resnais were thus ousted following diplomatic pressure from Germany and Spain at a time when the States were sending their representatives. Having become independent after 1968, the festival sometimes sent films secretly, notably from Iran. The 1981 Palme d’or will be in tune with the burning news. Shot in Gdansk, this film by Andrzej Wajda depicts the struggle of the workers of the Solidarnosc movement against the Polish communist dictatorship.

HAS – The Straw Man

B- Iron man

VS – The Marble Man

11. The Palais-Croisette and the Miramar Palace. The Carlton, the Majestic and the Martinez (The 3 palaces). Boulevard Croisette and rue d’Antibes. So many essential elements of the geography of Cannes. Since 1983, the heart of the event beats at the Palais des Festivals which houses the main halls (Lumière, Debussy, Bazin) as well as the film market. How is he nicknamed?

A – The bunker

B – The movies

C – The palm beach

12. Palme d’or is not synonymous with masterpiece. It is time that decides and it confirms, almost 40 years later, that the photogenic nature of the desert, the pink sweater of Nastassja Kinski, the hollow gaze of Harry Dean Stanton, the slide guitar of Ry Cooder and the ghost of Edward Hopper make ParisTexas a masterpiece. In 1984, happiness will be total for Wim Wenders, his young assistant on the documentary Nick’s Movie is on the list with the Camera d’or.

A – Jim Jarmusch (Stranger Than Paradise)

B – Leos Carax (Boy Meets Girl)

C-Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies, and Videotape)

13. In 1987, La Palme was awarded to boos to Pialat, who brandished an avenging fist while shouting “You don’t love me, I don’t love you, either”. You mustn’t say that, Maurice, we love your cinema so much, but not this film.

HAS – Police

B- Under Satan’s Sun

VS – The Boy

14. Bille August, Francis Ford Coppola, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Shohei Imamura, Emir Kusturica and Ken Loach make up the club of filmmakers who have won two Palmes d’or. Who have we forgotten?

A – Michael Haneke: The White Ribbon and Love

B – Wim Wenders: ParisTexas and The Wings of Desire

C-David Lynch: Sailor & Lula and Mulholland Drive

15. Ingrid Bergman, Juliette Binoche, Marilyn Monroe, Claudia Cardinale, Paul Newman, Marcello Mastroianni and many others had the honors of the festival poster. In 1992, it was the turn of a star of the golden age to appear on the poster. Showing an improbable sense of timing, she dies on opening day.

A – Rita Hayworth

B – Katharine Hepburn

C – Marlene Dietrich


1 C. 2B. 3A. 4C. Director of The 400 blows. 5A. Simenon and Fellini will then exchange an abundant letter. 6A. 7B. 8C. 9B. In 1980, Bob Fosse shared the prize with Akira Kurosawa (Kagemusha). 10B. 11A. 12A. 13B. 14A. 15C. Rita Hayworth died in 1987 and Katharine Hepburn in 2003.

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