Taxi Blues – Cyrano de Bergerac – Song of the Exile – Nouvelle Vague – Ju Dou – The Sting of Death – Alexandria, Again and Forever

Jurors: Bernardo Bertolucci (president), Fanny Ardant, Bertrand Blier, Aleksei German, Françoise Giroud, Christopher Hampton, Anjelica Huston, Mira Nair, Sven Nykvist, Hayao Shibata

Palme d'Or:Wild at Heart, USA, dir. David Lynch
Grand Jury Prize:The Sting of Death, Japan, dir. Kôhei Oguri
Tilaï, Burkina Faso, dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo
Jury Prize:Hidden Agenda, UK, dir. Ken Loach
Best Director:Taxi Blues, Pavel Lounguine
Best Actress:The Interrogation, Krystyna Janda
Best Actor:Cyrano de Bergerac, Gérard Depardieu
Best Artistic Contribution: Mother, Gleb Panfilov, director
Technical Grand Prize: Cyrano de Bergerac, Pierre Lhomme, cinematographer
    Critics Prize:
The Sting of Death, Japan, dir. Kôhei Oguri
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury:Everybody's Fine, Italy, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
Camera d'Or (first feature): Freeze, Die, Come to Life, USSR, dir. Vitali Kanevsky

Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Palme d'Or
Tilaï (Burkina Faso, dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo) - Coolly shot tale of adultery manages a casual friskiness and an inexorable sense of tragedy. A deceptively expansive vision.

Cyrano de Bergerac (France, dir. Jean-Paul Rappeneau) -

Wild at Heart (USA, dir. David Lynch) - A strange, discombobulated, boldly colored art-object with only minimal interest in coherence, for better and worse (full review)

Sidebar Selections I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
Metropolitan (Directors' Fortnight: USA, dir. Whit Stillman) - A highwire act of capturing a hoity-toity, relentlessly self-conscious milieu without getting infected. Delicious.

To Sleep with Anger (Directors' Fortnight: USA, dir. Charles Burnett) - Pitch and momentum a bit erratic, but a justly famous, beguilingly weird fable of trouble come home to roost

The Comfort of Strangers (Out of Competition: USA, dir. Paul Schrader) - Spindly, sexy, atmospheric mystery survives rhythmic lapses and abandonment of sense. Walken, Mirren great.

The Little Mermaid (Out of Competition: USA, dirs. John Musker and Ron Clements) - Infectious songs, appealing side-kicks, all of which the gal's prepared to toss for lame prince. Great villain.

Longtime Companion (Un Certain Regard: USA, dir. Norman René) - Full-hearted, well-intended drama about early years of AIDS yields some good performances, but it's a bit airy

Competition Films I'm Curious to See:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Ju Dou, China, dir. Zhang Yimou
Nouvelle vague, Switzerland, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
The Interrogation, Hungary, dir. Ryszard Bugajski
The Sting of Death, Japan, dir. Kôhei Oguri
White Hunter, Black Heart, USA, dir. Clint Eastwood
Hidden Agenda, UK, dir. Ken Loach
Mother, USSR, dir. Gleb Panfilov
The Ear, Czechoslovakia, dir. Karel Kachyna
Daddy Nostalgia, France, dir. Bertrand Tavernier
Rodrigo D.: No Future, Colombia, dir. Victor Manuel Gaviria
Captive of the Desert, France, dir. Raymond Depardon
Taxi Blues, USSR, dir. Pavel Lounguine
Come See the Paradise, USA, dir. Alan Parker
Everybody's Fine, Italy, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore
The King's Whore, France, dir. Axel Corti

Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Un Certain Regard: Freeze, Die, Come to Life, Russia, dir. Vitali Kanevsky
Song of the Exile, Hong Kong/Taiwan, dir. Ann Hui
Directors' Fortnight: Alexandria, Now and Forever, Egypt, dir. Youssef Chahine
Open Doors, Italy, dir. Gianni Amelio
Swan Lake: The Zone, Canada/USA/Ukraine, dir. Yuri Ilyenko
Critics' Week: H2 Worker, USA/Jamaica, dir. Stéphanie Black
Overseas, France, dir. Brigitte Roüan
The Reflecting Skin, UK, dir. Philip Ridley
Out of Competition: Artificial Paradise, Yugoslavia, dir. Karpo Acimovic-Godina
Cry-Baby, USA, dir. John Waters
Dreams, Japan, dir. Akira Kurosawa
Korczak, Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda
No, or the Vainglory of Command, Portugal, dir. Manoel de Oliveira
The Sun Also Shines at Night, Italy, dirs. Paolo & Vittorio Taviani
The Voice of the Moon, Italy, dir. Federico Fellini

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