Cannes Film Fest 1994: Year 47–Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction Dominates Event

The 47th Cannes Film Fest was held May 12-23, 1994.

The Palme d’Or went to the  violent American indie, Pulp Fiction, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

The festival opened with  the Coens’ comedy, The Hudsucker Proxy, starring Paul Newman.

It closed with another eccentric comedy, John Waters’ Serial Mom, starring Kathleen Turner.

Jury Members

Official Selection

  • Clint Eastwood (USA) (president)
  • Catherine Deneuve (France) (vice president)
  • Pupi Avati (Italy)
  • Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuba) (author)
  • Kazuo Ishiguro (U.K.)
  • Alexander Kaidanovsky (Russia)
  • Marie-Françoise Leclère (France)
  • Shin Sang-ok (South Korea)
  • Lalo Schifrin (Argentina)
  • Alain Terzian (France)

Camera d’Or Jury

  • Marthe Keller (Switzerland) (president)
  • Hans Beerekamp
  • Josée Brossard (France)
  • Mario Dorminsky (Portugal)
  • An-Cha Flubacher Rhim
  • François Ode (France)
  • Georges Pansu
  • Jacques Zimmer (France)

Feature film competition

English title Original title Director(s) Production country/countries
Barnabo delle montagne Mario Brenta Italy
The Browning Version Mike Figgis United Kingdom
Swaham Shaji N. Karun India
Caro diario Nanni Moretti Italy / France
Du li shi dai 獨立時代 Edward Yang Taiwan
Exotica Atom Egoyan Canada
Grosse Fatigue Michel Blanc France
The Hudsucker Proxy Joel Coen United Kingdom / United States
Huozhe Zhang Yimou China
Kurochka Ryaba Andrei Konchalovsky Russia
La reina de la noche Arturo Ripstein Mexico
La Reine Margot Patrice Chéreau France
Le buttane Aurelio Grimaldi Italy
Le joueur de violon Charles Van Damme France / Belgium
Les patriotes Éric Rochant France
Mrs. Parkerand the Vicious Circle Alan Rudolph US
Neak sre Rithy Panh Cambodia
Pulp Fiction Quentin Tarantino United States
Trois couleurs: Rouge Krzysztof Kieślowski France / Poland / Switzerland
Un été inoubliable Lucian Pintilie Romania / France
Una pura formalità Giuseppe Tornatore Italy / France
Utomlyonnye solntse Nikita Mikhalkov Russia / France
Zire darakhatan zeyton Abbas Kiarostami Iran

Un Certain Regard

  • Bab El-Oued City by Merzak Allouache
  • Bosna! by Bernard-Henri Lévy, Alain Ferrari
  • Casa de Lava by Pedro Costa
  • Clean, Shaven by Lodge Kerrigan
  • Drømspel by Unni Straume
  • Faust by Jan Švankmajer
  • I Like It Like That by Darnell Martin
  • Il sogno della farfalla by Marco Bellocchio
  • J’ai pas sommeil by Claire Denis
  • Jancio Wodnik by Jan Jakub Kolski
  • L’eau froide by Olivier Assayas
  • Les Roseaux sauvages by André Téchiné
  • Los náufragos by Miguel Littín
  • Picture Bride by Kayo Hatta
  • Sin compasión by Francisco José Lombardi
  • Sleep with Me by Rory Kelly
  • Suture by David Siegel, Scott McGehee
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert by Stephan Elliott
  • Uttoran by Sandip Ray
  • Xime (fr) by Sana Na N’Hada (fr)
  • Xinghua san yue tian by Li Yin

Films out of competition

  • A Game with No Rules by Scott Reynolds
  • Eau de la vie by Simon Baré
  • I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Michael Hurst
  • Montand by Jean Labib
  • Serial Mom by John Waters
  • Stroke by Christine Jeffs
  • The Dig by Neil Pardington
  • The Dutch Master by Susan Seidelman
  • The Model by Jonathan Brough
  • Jeungbal by Shin Sang-ok
  • Wet by Bob Rafelson



Palme d’Or: Pulp Fiction – Quentin Tarantino
  • Grand Prize of the Jury:
    • Huozhe – Zhang Yimou
    • Utomlyonnye solntsem – Nikita Mikhalkov
  • Jury Prize: La Reine Margot – Patrice Chéreau
  • Best Actor: Ge You for Huozhe
  • Best Actress: Virna Lisi for La Reine Margot
  • Best Director: Nanni Moretti for Caro diario
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: El héroe by Carlos Carrera
  • Best Screenplay: Grosse Fatigue – Michel Blanc
  • Technical Grand Prize: Grosse Fatigue by Pitof (For the special effects)
  • Caméra d’Or: Petits arrangements avec les morts by Pascale Ferran
  • Golden Camera – Special Mention: Samt el qusur by Moufida Tlatli
  • Mercedes-Benz Award: Clerks by Kevin Smith
  • Canal+ Award: Performance Anxiety by David Ewing
  • Kodak Short Film Award: Éternelles by Erick Zonca
  • FIPRESCI Prize:
    • Bab El-Oued City by Merzak Allouache
    • Exotica – Atom Egoyan
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury:
    • Huozhe – Zhang Yimou
    • Utomlyonnye solntsem– Nikita Mikhalkov
  • Award of the Youth:
    • Foreign Film: Clerks by Kevin Smith
    • French Film: Happy, Too Happy by Cédric Kahn