Cannes Film Fest 1971: Year 24–Losey’s The Go-Between Wins Top Award

The 24th Cannes Film Fest was held on May 12 – 27, 1971.

The Palme d’Or went to The Go-Between by Joseph Losey.

The festival opened with Gimme Shelter, a powerful, controversial documentary The Rolling Stones directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin.

It closed with Les mariés de l’an II, directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau.

The festival paid tribute to Chaplin, honoring him with the Commander of the national order of the Legion of Honor.

Jury Members

Michèle Morgan (France) (jury president)
  • Pierre Billard (France)
  • Michael Birkett (UK)
  • Anselmo Duarte (Brazil)
  • István Gaál (Hungary)
  • Sergio Leone (Italy)
  • Aleksandar Petrović (Yugoslavia)
  • Maurice Rheim (France)
  • Erich Segal (USA)
  • Véra Volmane (France) (journalist) (short films president)
  • Charles Duvanel (Switzerland) (short films)
  • Etienne Novella (France) (short films)

Feature film competition

  • Animale bolnave by Nicolae Breban
  • Apokal by Paul Anczykowski
  • Le Bateau sur l’herbe by Gérard Brach
  • Beg by Aleksandr Alov and Vladimir Naumov
  • La califfa by Alberto Bevilacqua
  • Drive, He Said by Jack Nicholson (US)
  • The Go-Between by Joseph Losey
  • Goya, historia de una soledad by Nino Quevedo
  • Joe Hill by Bo Widerberg
  • Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
  • Loot by Silvio Narizzano
  • Les mariés de l’an II by Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • Mira by Fons Rademakers
  • Death in Venice (Morte a Venezia) by Luchino Visconti
  • The Panic in Needle Park by Jerry Schatzberg (US)
  • Per grazia ricevuta by Nino Manfredi
  • Pindorama by Arnaldo Jabor
  • Raphaël ou le débauché by Michel Deville
  • Sacco e Vanzetti by Giuliano Montaldo
  • Murmur of the Heart (Le souffle au cœur) by Louis Malle
  • Szerelem by Károly Makk
  • Taking Off by Miloš Forman (US)
  • Wake in Fright by Ted Kotcheff (US)
  • Walkabout by Nicolas Roeg
  • Yami no naka no chimimoryo by Kō Nakahira
  • Życie rodzinne by Krzysztof Zanussi

Films out of competition

  • Gimme Shelter by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
  • La Maison sous les Arbres by René Clément
  • Le Chasseur by François Reichenbach
  • Le feu sacré by Vladimir Forgency
  • Les amis by Gérard Blain
  • Narcissus by Peter Foldes
  • The Hellstrom Chronicle by Walon Green
  • The Trojan Women by Michael Cacoyannis

Awards

  • Palme d’Or: The Go-Between by Joseph Losey
  • Grand Prix:
    • Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
    • Taking Off by Miloš Forman
  • Jury Prize:
    • Joe Hill by Bo Widerberg
    • Szerelem by Károly Makk
  • Best Actor: Riccardo Cucciolla for Sacco e Vanzetti
  • Best Actress: Kitty Winn for The Panic in Needle Park
  • Special Mention: Lili Darvas and Mari Törőcsik, the lead actresses in Szerelem
  • Technical Grand Prize: The Hellstrom Chronicle by Walon Green
  • Best First Work: Per grazia ricevuta by Nino Manfredi
  • 25th Anniversary Prize: Morte a Venezia by Luchino Visconti (also for his whole work)
  • FIPRESCI Prize: Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
  • OCIC Award: Szerelem by Károly Makk
  • Short Film Palme d’Or: Star Spangled Banner by Roger Flint
  • Special Mention – Short Film:
    • Stuiter by Jan Oonk
    • Une Statuette by Carlos Vilardebó