The 20 Greatest Movie Performances Honored At The Cannes Film Festival

By Anmol Titoria

Isabelle Huppert (La pianiste)

At 70, the prestigious festival held annually at the beautiful French city is hardly in want of recognition. Films that play here often go on to become cherished masterpieces of world cinema, or awards players and even in a few instances, huge box-office successes.

There is an allure to Cannes that even in an uninspiring year, never ceases to entrap cinephiles across the globe. Major filmmakers who would shape the cinematic consciousness of generations have had their breakthroughs at the Festival.

The rich history of the event constitutes many highs and lows – after all, careers have been destroyed at Cannes before they could even take off – and memorable controversies, but when a discovery is made or a belief reaffirmed or challenged at Cannes, the reverberations are felt all over the world.

At the close of every festival, a ceremony is held to honor a selected group of individuals whose contributions were considered noteworthy by the Competition Jury. As this Jury is a small collection of celebrated artists, its choices are rarely deemed to be universally palatable by film critics who attend the Festival, and most Cannes controversies are sparked the moment a divisive film wins a prize.

David Lynch’s Palme d’Or victory for 1990’s “Wild at Heart” saw crowds openly booing as he went up to receive it. Ditto for Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 classic “Pulp Fiction” that won over crowd favorite “Three Colors: Red”, the undeniably magnificent conclusion to Krzysztof Kieślowski’s masterful trilogy. The day after Abdellatif Kechiche’s “Blue is the Warmest Color” took home the prize, the author of the novel it’s based on called it “porn”.

Of course, some choices have been celebrated as game-changers a few years down the line, including the likes of Michelangelo Antonioni’s “L’Avventura”, David Cronenberg’s “Crash” and even Abbas Kiarostami’s “Taste of Cherry”, → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema