Cannes Film Fest 1969: Year 22–Lindsay Anderson’s If… Wins Top Award

The twenty-second Cannes Film Fest was held from May 8 to 23, 1969.

At this edition, a new significant sidebar was established, the Directors Fortnight.

The Grand Prix du Festival went to the comedy If….by Lindsay Anderson.

The festival opened with a mediocre Hollywood musical Sweet Charity, directed by Bob Fosse in his feature debut, starring Shirley MacLaine.

Jury Members

Luchino Visconti (Italy) (president)
  • Chinghiz Aitmatov (Soviet Union)
  • Marie Bell (France)
  • Jaroslav Boček (Czechoslovakia)
  • Veljko Bulajić (Yugoslavia)
  • Stanley Donen (USA)
  • Jerzy Glucksman (Sweden) (student)
  • Robert Kanters (France) (critic)
  • Sam Spiegel (USA)

Feature film competition

  • Ådalen 31 by Bo Widerberg
  • The Appointment by Sidney Lumet (US)
  • Biće skoro propast sveta by Aleksandar Petrović
  • Calcutta by Louis Malle
  • Dillinger è morto by Marco Ferreri
  • Don’t Let the Angels Fall by George Kaczender
  • O Dragão da Maldade Contra o Santo Guerreiro (Antonio-das-mortes) by Glauber Rocha
  • Easy Rider by Dennis Hopper (US)
  • España otra vez by Jaime Camino
  • Faráruv konec by Evald Schorm
  • Flashback by Raffaele Andreassi
  • Le Grand amour by Pierre Étaix
  • If…. by Lindsay Anderson
  • Gli intoccabili by Giuliano Montaldo
  • Isadora by Karel Reisz
  • Ma nuit chez Maud by Éric Rohmer
  • Manden der tænkte ting by Jens Ravn
  • Matzor by Gilberto Tofano
  • Metti una sera a cena by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi
  • Michael Kohlhaas – Der Rebell by Volker Schlöndorff
  • Nihon no seishun by Masaki Kobayashi
  • Polowanie na muchy by Andrzej Wajda
  • The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Ronald Neame
  • Slaves by Herbert Biberman
  • Všichni dobří rodáci by Vojtěch Jasný
  • Z by Costa Gavras

Films Out of Competition

  • Andrei Rublev by Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Et L’Angleterre Sera Détruite by János Veiczi
  • L’amour de la vie by François Reichenbach
  • Zbehovia a pútnici by Juraj Jakubisko
  • Sweet Charity by Bob Fosse
  • That Cold Day in the Park by Robert Altman

 Awards

  • Grand Prix du Festival International du Film: If….by Lindsay Anderson
  • Grand Prize of the Jury: Ådalen 31 by Bo Widerberg
  • Jury Prize: Z by Costa Gavras (Unanimously)
  • Best Actor: Jean-Louis Trintignant for Z
  • Best Actress: Vanessa Redgrave for Isadora
  • Best Director: Tie
    • Glauber Rocha for O Dragão da Maldade Contra o Santo Guerreiro
    • Vojtěch Jasný for Všichni dobří rodáci
  • Technical Grand Prize – Special Mention:
    • Cîntecele Renasterii by Mirel Ilieşiu
    • Toccata by Herman van der Horst
    • Všichni dobří rodáci by Vojtěch Jasný
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: Cîntecele Renasterii by Mirel Ilieşiu
  • Jury Prize – Best Short Film: La Pince à ongles by Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Best First Work: Easy Rider by Dennis Hopper
  • FIPRESCI Prize: Andrei Rublev by Andrei Tarkovsky