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Best Director Award (Cannes Film Festival)

The Best Director Award (French: Prix de la mise en scène) is an annual award presented at the Cannes Film Festival for best directing achievements in a feature film screened as part of festival's official selection (i.e. films selected for the competition program which compete for the festival's main prize Palme d'Or). Awarded by festival's jury, it was first given in 1946.

The prize was not awarded on 12 occasions (1947, 1953–54, 1960, 1962–64, 1971, 1973–74, 1977, 1980). In addition, the festival was not held at all in 1948 and 1950, while in 1968 no awards were given as the festival was called off mid-way due to the May 1968 events in France. Also, the jury vote was tied and prize was shared by two directors on six occasions (1955, 1969, 1975, 1983, 2001, and 2002).

The winner of Best Director Award rarely wins the Palme d'Or, the main prize at the festival (note that the Palme d'Or is awarded to the film's director as well; the only exception is the case of Blue Is the Warmest Colour, where the actresses are also awarded). This happened only twice, in 1991, when Joel Coen won both awards for Barton Fink, and in 2003, when Gus van Sant won for his film Elephant.

List of Winners

Year Director Film Country
001946 (1st) Clément, RenéRené Clément The Battle of the Rails 23x15px France
001949 (3rd) Clément, RenéRené Clément The Walls of Malapaga 23x15px France
001951 (4th) Buñuel, LuisLuis Buñuel Los Olvidados 23x15px Mexico
001952 (5th) Christian-Jaque Fanfan la Tulipe 23x15px France
001955 (8th) Dassin, JulesJules Dassin (shared) Rififi 23x15px United States
Vasilyev, SergeiSergei Vasilyev (shared) Heroes of Shipka 23x15px Soviet Union
001956 (9th) Yutkevich, SergeiSergei Yutkevich Othello 23x15px Soviet Union
001957 (10th) Bresson, RobertRobert Bresson A Man Escaped 23x15px France
001958 (11th) Bergman, IngmarIngmar Bergman Brink of Life 23x15px Sweden
001959 (12th) Truffaut, FrançoisFrançois Truffaut The 400 Blows 23x15px France
001961 (14th) Solntseva, YuliyaYuliya Solntseva The Story of the Flaming Years 23x15px Soviet Union
001965 (18th) Ciulei, LiviuLiviu Ciulei Forest of the Hanged 23x15px Romania
001966 (19th) Yutkevich, SergeiSergei Yutkevich Lenin in Poland 23x15px Soviet Union
001967 (20th) Kósa, FerencFerenc Kósa Ten Thousand Days 23x15px Hungary
001969 (22nd) Rocha, GlauberGlauber Rocha (shared) Antonio das Mortes 23x15px Brazil
Jasný, VojtěchVojtěch Jasný (shared) All My Compatriots 23x15px Czechoslovakia
001970 (23rd) Boorman, JohnJohn Boorman Leo the Last 23x15px United Kingdom
001972 (25th) Jancsó, MiklósMiklós Jancsó Red Psalm 23x15px Hungary
001975 (28th) Brault, MichelMichel Brault (shared) Orderers 23x15px Canada
Gavras, CostaCosta Gavras (shared) Special Section 23x15px Greece
001976 (29th) Scola, EttoreEttore Scola Down and Dirty 23x15px Italy
001978 (31st) Oshima, NagisaNagisa Oshima Empire of Passion Template:Country data Japan
001979 (32nd) Malick, TerrenceTerrence Malick Days of Heaven 23x15px United States
001982 (35th) Herzog, WernerWerner Herzog Fitzcarraldo 23x15px West Germany
001983 (36th) Bresson, RobertRobert Bresson (shared) L'Argent 23x15px France
Tarkovsky, AndreiAndrei Tarkovsky (shared) Nostalghia 23x15px Soviet Union
001984 (37th) Tavernier, BertrandBertrand Tavernier A Sunday in the Country 23x15px France
001985 (38th) Téchiné, AndréAndré Téchiné Rendez-vous 23x15px France
001986 (39th) Scorsese, MartinMartin Scorsese After Hours 23x15px United States
001987 (40th) Wenders, WimWim Wenders Wings of Desire 23x15px West Germany
001988 (41st) Solanas, FernandoFernando Solanas Sur 23x15px Argentina
001989 (42nd) Kusturica, EmirEmir Kusturica Time of the Gypsies 23x15px Yugoslavia
001990 (43rd) Lungin, PavelPavel Lungin Taxi Blues 23x15px Soviet Union
001991 (44th) Coen, JoelJoel Coen Barton Fink 23x15px United States
001992 (45th) Altman, RobertRobert Altman The Player 23x15px United States
001993 (46th) Leigh, MikeMike Leigh Naked 23x15px United Kingdom
001994 (47th) Moretti, NanniNanni Moretti Caro diario 23x15px Italy
001995 (48th) Kassovitz, MathieuMathieu Kassovitz La Haine 23x15px France
001996 (49th) Coen, JoelJoel Coen Fargo 23x15px United States
001997 (50th) Wong, Kar-waiWong Kar-wai Happy Together Template:Country data Hong Kong
001998 (51st) Boorman, JohnJohn Boorman The General 23x15px United Kingdom
001999 (52nd) Almodóvar, PedroPedro Almodóvar All About My Mother 23x15px Spain
002000 (53rd) Yang, EdwardEdward Yang Yi Yi 23x15px Taiwan
002001 (54th) Coen, JoelJoel Coen (shared) The Man Who Wasn't There 23x15px United States
Lynch, DavidDavid Lynch (shared) Mulholland Drive 23x15px United States
002002 (55th) Im, Kwon-taekIm Kwon-taek (shared) Painted Fire Template:Country data South Korea
Anderson, Paul ThomasPaul Thomas Anderson (shared) Punch-Drunk Love 23x15px United States
002003 (56th) Van Sant, GusGus Van Sant Elephant 23x15px United States
002004 (57th) Gatlif, TonyTony Gatlif Exiles 23x15px France
002005 (58th) Haneke, MichaelMichael Haneke Caché 23x15px Austria
002006 (59th) González Iñárritu, AlejandroAlejandro González Iñárritu Babel 23x15px Mexico
002007 (60th) Schnabel, JulianJulian Schnabel The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 23x15px United States
002008 (61st) Ceylan, Nuri BilgeNuri Bilge Ceylan Three Monkeys 23x15px Turkey
002009 (62nd) Mendoza, BrillanteBrillante Mendoza Kinatay 23x15px Philippines
002010 (63rd) Amalric, MathieuMathieu Amalric On Tour 23x15px France
002011 (64th) Winding Refn, NicolasNicolas Winding Refn Drive 23x15px Denmark
002012 (65th) Reygadas, CarlosCarlos Reygadas Post Tenebras Lux 23x15px Mexico
002013 (66th) Escalante, AmatAmat Escalante Heli 23x15px Mexico
002014 (67th) Miller, BennettBennett Miller Foxcatcher 23x15px United States
002015 (68th) Hou, Hsiao-HsienHou Hsiao-Hsien The Assassin 23x15px Taiwan

Multiple winners

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