Cannes Film Fest 1964: Year 17–Demy’s Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Starring Catherine Deneuve, Wins Top Award; Ties in Acting Awards; Anne Bancroft, Barabra Barrie

The seventeenth Cannes Film Festival took place from April 29 to May 14, 1964.

The top prize, the Palme d’Or, was renamed ‘Grand Prix International du Festival,’ a moniker that remained through 1974, after which it became the Palme d’Or again.

The Grand Prix du Festival International du Film went to Jacques Demy’s musical drama, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg), starring Catherine Deneuve.

The festival opened with Cent mille dollars au soleil, directed by Henri Verneuil.

Jury Members
  • Fritz Lang (West Germany) (president)
  • Charles Boyer (France) (vice president)
  • Joaquín Calvo-Sotelo (Spain)
  • René Clément (France)
  • Jean-Jacques Gautier (France) (journalist)
  • Alexandre Karaganov (Soviet Union) (critic)
  • Lorens Marmstedt (Sweden)
  • Geneviève Page (France)
  • Raoul Ploquin (France)
  • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. (USA)
  • Véra Volmane (France) (journalist)
  • Short Films Jury
  • Jean-Jacques Languepin (France) (short films vice president)
  • Jiří Brdečka (Czechoslovakia) (short films)
  • Robert Ménégoz (France) (short films)
  • Hubert Seggelke (West Germany) (short films)
  • Alex Seiler (Switzerland) (short films)

Feature film competition

  • Cent mille dollars au soleil by Henri Verneuil
  • Deus e o Diabo na Terra do Sol by Glauber Rocha
  • La donna scimmia by Marco Ferreri
  • Ta Kokkina fanaria by Vasilis Georgiadis
  • Krik by Jaromil Jire
  • Kvarteret Korpen by Bo Widerberg
  • El laila el akhira by Kamal El Sheikh
  • Mujhe Jeene Do by Moni Bhattacharjee
  • La niña de luto by Manuel Summers
  • One Potato, Two Potato by Larry Pearce (US Indie)
  • Pacsirta by László Ranódy
  • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy
  • Pasażerka by Andrzej Munk
  • La Peau Douce by François Truffaut
  • Primero yo by Fernando Ayala
  • The Pumpkin Eater by Jack Clayton (UK)
  • Sedotta e abbandonata by Pietro Germi
  • Suna no onna by Hiroshi Teshigahara
  • Taiheiyo hitori-botchi by Kon Ichikawa
  • Tetri karavani by Eldar Shengelaya and Tamaz Meliava
  • Die Tote von Beverly Hills by Michael Pfleghar
  • Vidas Secas by Nelson Pereira dos Santos
  • The Visit by Bernhard Wicki
  • The World of Henry Orient by George Roy Hill (US)
  • Ya shagayu po Moskve by Georgi Daneliya

Films out of competition

  • Le voci bianche by Pasquale Festa Campanile and Massimo Franciosa
  • Skoplje ’63 by Veljko Bulajić
  • The Fall of the Roman Empire by Anthony Mann


  • Grand Prix du Festival:
  • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy
  • Jury Special Prize:
  • Suna no onna (Women in the Dunes) by Hiroshi Teshigahara
  • Best Actor: Tie
  • Antal Páger for Pacsirta
  • Saro Urzì for Sedotta e abbandonata
  • Best Actress: Tie
    • Barbara Barrie for One Potato, Two Potato
    • Anne Bancroft for The Pumpkin Eater
  • Special Mention: Andrzej Munk for Pasażerka and his entire work
  • Technical Grand Prize:
    • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg by Jacques Demy
    • Die Tote von Beverly Hills by Michael Pfleghar
  • OCIC Award:
    • Les Parapluies de Cherbourg by Jacques Demy
    • Vidas Secas by Nelson Pereira dos Santos