1991 Cannes Film Festival

1991 Cannes Film Festival

Official poster of the 44th Cannes Film Festival, an original illustration by Philippe and Pascal Lemoine.[1]
Opening film Homicide
Closing film Thelma & Louise
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (Barton Fink)
Number of films 19 (En Competition)[2]
20 (Un Certain Regard)
7 (Out of Competition)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date 9 May 1991 (1991-05-09) – 20 May 1991 (1991-05-20)
Website festival-cannes.com/en

The 44th Cannes Film Festival was held on May 9–20, 1991. The Palme d'Or went to the Barton Fink by Ethan and Joel Coen.[3][4]

The festival opened with Homicide, directed by David Mamet and closed with Thelma & Louise, directed by Ridley Scott.[5][6][7]


Feature film competition

English title Original title Director(s) Production country/countries
A Rage in Harlem Bill Duke United States
Anna Karamazoff Rustam Khamdamov Soviet Union
Barton Fink Ethan and Joel Coen United States
Biān zǒu biān chàng Chen Kaige China
Bix Pupi Avati Italy
Europa Lars von Trier Denmark / France / Germany / Sweden / Switzerland
Guilty by Suspicion Irwin Winkler United States / France
Homicide David Mamet United States
Hors la vie Maroun Bagdadi France
Il portaborse Daniele Luchetti Italy
Jungle Fever Spike Lee United States
La Belle Noiseuse Jacques Rivette France / Switzerland
La carne Marco Ferreri Italy
La double vie de Véronique Krzysztof Kieślowski Poland / France / Norway
Lune froide Patrick Bouchitey France
Malina Werner Schroeter Germany / Austria
To meteoro vima tou pelargou Theodoros Angelopoulos Greece
Tsareubiytsa Karen Shakhnazarov Soviet Union
Van Gogh Maurice Pialat France

Un Certain Regard

Roman Polanski, Jury President

Films out of competition

Short film competition


Ethan and Joel Coen, winner of the Palme d'Or at the event.


  1. "Posters 1991". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  2. "Official Selection 1991 : All the Selection". Retrieved 14 December 2013.
  3. Canby, Vincent (21 May 1991). "'Barton Fink' Wins the Top Prize And 2 Others at Cannes Festival". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  5. "The Cinematic Carnival Of Cannes". Chicago Tribune. 7 May 1991. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  6. "American Film Wins At Cannes, But Madonna Comes A Cropper". Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  7. "`Barton Fink` Makes History At Cannes Fest". Chicago Tribune. 21 May 1991. Retrieved 10 December 2013.

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