Annal: 1994 Festival de Cannes Jury Awards for Feature Films

Results of the Festival de Cannes in the year 1994.

Film:Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino

With the knockout one-two punch of 1992’s Reservoir Dogs and 1994’s Pulp Fiction writer-director Quentin Tarantino stunned the filmmaking world, exploding into prominence as a cinematic heavyweight contender. But Pulp Fiction was more than just the follow-up to an impressive first feature, or the winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival, or a script stuffed with the sort of juicy bubblegum dialogue actors just love to chew, or the vehicle that reestablished John Travolta on the A-list, or the relatively low-budget ($8 million)…

Film:Burnt by the Sun

Burnt by the Sun: (Utomlyonnye solntsem)

Nikita Mikhalkov

Russian filmmaker Nikita Mikhalkov is also the star of this tragic 1994 drama about the last happy season in the life of a Bolshevik hero’s family. The year is 1936, and Stalin’s purges are in full swing. Despite his reputation and revolutionary record, Sergei Kotov (Mikhalkov) seems to be on the dictator’s hit list, as indicated by the insulting arrival of his wife’s former lover, an agent of government police. Mikhalkov treats all this as a matter of personal and political intrigue dropping like rotting fruit in the middle of a sunny and loving period for the…

Film:To Live

To Live: (Huozhe)

Yimou Zhang

One of the best films of 1994, To Live is a bold, energetic masterpiece from Zhang Yimou, the foremost director from China’s influential “fifth generation” of filmmakers. Continuing his brilliant collaboration with China’s best-known actress Gong Li (their previous films include Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern), Zhang weaves an ambitious tapestry of personal and political events, following the struggles of an impoverished husband and wife (Ge You, Gong Li) from their heyday in the 1940s to the hardships that accompanied the Cultural…

Film:Queen Margot

Queen Margot: (La Reine Margot)

Patrice Chéreau

A classic tale of intrigue and forbidden love, Queen Margot is the powerful hit universally acclaimed by critics! Thrown into a political marriage of convenience by her ruthlessly power-hungry family, the beautiful Margot (Isabelle Adjani—Diabolique) soon finds herself hopelessly drawn into their murderous affairs. It’s then she realizes that her only hope of escape lies somewhere between the heroic soldier who loves her and the enemy husband who could save her! Triumphant winner of 5 Cesar Awards the pretigious Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize—you’re sure to be entertained by this vivid portrayal of passion, revenge, and extraordinary courage!

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