Cannes Film Fest 1986: Year 39–Joffe’s The Mission Wins Top Award

The 39th Cannes Film Fest was held May 8 to 19, 1986.

The Palme d’Or went to Roland Joffé’s historical epic, The Mission, starring De Niro and Jeremy Irons.

The festival opened with Pirates, directed by Roman Polanski and closed with El Amor brujo, directed by Carlos Saura.

Jury Members

Sydney Pollack, Jury President

Alexandre Mnouchkine

Alexandre Trauner

Charles Aznavour

Danièle Thompson

István Szabó

Lino Brocka

Philip French

Sonia Braga

Tonino Delli Colli

Feature film competition

After Hours by Martin Scorsese

  • Boris Godunov by Sergei Bondarchuk
  • Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg by Margarethe von Trotta
  • Down by Law by Jim Jarmusch
  • Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar by Arnaldo Jabor
  • Fool for Love by Robert Altman
  • Genesis by Mrinal Sen
  • I Love You by Marco Ferreri
  • La dernière image by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina
  • Le lieu du crime by André Téchiné
  • Max, Mon Amour by Nagisa Oshima
  • The Mission by Roland Joffé
  • Mona Lisa by Neil Jordan
  • Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Otello by Franco Zeffirelli
  • Pobre mariposa by Raúl de la Torre
  • Runaway Train by Andrei Konchalovsky
  • Tenue de soirée by Bertrand Blier
  • The Fringe Dwellers by Bruce Beresford
  • Thérèse by Alain Cavalier

Un Certain Regard

  • A Girl’s Own Story by Jane Campion
  • Backlash by Bill Bennett
  • Belizaire the Cajun by Glen Pitre
  • Burke & Wills by Graeme Clifford
  • Coming Up Roses by Stephen Bayly
  • Das zweite Schraube-Fragment by Walter Andreas Christen
  • Desert Bloom by Eugene Corr
  • Krysař by Jiří Barta
  • Laputa by Helma Sanders-Brahms
  • Ningen no yakusoku by Yoshishige Yoshida
  • Passionless Moments by Jane Campion, Gerard Lee
  • Rih essed by Nouri Bouzid
  • Salomè by Claude d’Anna
  • Shtei Etzbaot Mi’Tzidon by Eli Cohen
  • Tai Yang by Benzheng Yu
  • Tuntematon sotilas by Rauni Mollberg
  • Two Friends by Jane Campion
  • Welcome in Vienna by Axel Corti
  • Za kude putuvate by Rangel Vulchanov

Films out of competition

  • A Matter of Life and Death by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
  • Absolute Beginners by Julien Temple
  • Don Quixote by Orson Welles
  • The Chipmunk Adventure by Janice Karman
  • El Amor brujo by Carlos Saura
  • Hannah and Her Sisters by Woody Allen
  • Pirates by Roman Polanski
  • Precious Images by Chuck Workman
  • T’as de beaux escaliers tu sais by Agnès Varda
  • The Color Purple by Spielberg
  • Un homme et une femme, 20 ans déjà by Claude Lelouch


 Palme d’Or: The Mission by Roland Joffé

  • Grand Prix: Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Jury Prize: Thérèse by Alain Cavalier
  • Best Actor: Tie
    • Bob Hoskins for Mona Lisa
    • Michel Blanc for Tenue de soirée
  • Best Actress: Tie
    • Fernanda Torres for Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar
    • Barbara Sukowa for Die Geduld der Rosa Luxemburg
  • Best Director: Martin Scorsese for After Hours
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: An Exercise in Discipline – Peel by Jane Campion
  • Best Artistic Contribution: Sven Nykvist (for the cinematography) for Offret
  • Technical Grand Prize: The Mission by Roland Joffé
  • Caméra d’Or: Noir et Blanc by Claire Devers
  • Un Certain Regard: Rih essed by Nouri Bouzid
  • FIPRESCI Prize:
    • Le déclin de l’empire américain by Denys Arcand
    • Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Offret by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention: Thérèse by Alain Cavalier
  • Award of the Youth:
    • Foreign Film: She’s Gotta Have It by Spike Lee
    • French Film: High Speed by Monique Dartonne and Michel Kaptur