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The Best Director Award ( ) is an award presented at the Cannes Film Festivalmarker. It is chosen by the jury from the 'official section' of movies at the festival. It was first awarded in 1946.

There have only been two occasions where the winner also won the Palme d'Or, the highest award at the festival. They are in 1991, when Joel Coen won for Barton Fink, and in 2003, when Gus van Sant won for Elephant.

Award Winners

Year Film Director
1946 La Bataille du rail René Clément
1947 no award this year
1948 festival not held
1949 The Walls of Malapaga René Clément
1950 festival not held
1951 Los olvidados / Luis Buñuel
1952 Fanfan la Tulipe Christian-Jaque
1953 no award this year
1954 no award this year
1955 Rififi Jules Dassin
Heroes of Shipka Sergei Vasilyev
1956 Othello Sergei Yutkevich
1957 A Man Escaped Robert Bresson
1958 Brink of Life Ingmar Bergman
1959 The 400 Blows François Truffaut
1960 no award this year
1961 Chronicle of Flaming Years (Povest plamennykh let) Yuliya Solntseva
1962 no award this year
1963 no award this year
1964 no award this year
1965 Forest of the Hanged (Padurea spânzuratilor) Liviu Ciulei
1966 Lenin in Poland (Lenin v Polshe) Sergei Yutkevich
1967 Ten Thousand Days (Tízezer nap) Ferenc Kósa
1968 festival not held
1969 Antônio das Mortes Glauber Rocha
All My Compatriots Vojtech Jasny
1970 Leo the Last John Boorman
1971 no award this year
1972 Red Psalm (Még kér a nép) Miklós Jancsó
1973 no award this year
1974 no award this year
1975 Orders Michel Brault
Section spéciale / Costa Gavras
1976 Brutti, sporchi e cattivi Ettore Scola
1977 no award this year
1978 Empire of Passion Nagisa Oshima
1979 Days of Heaven Terrence Malick
1980 no award this year
1981 no award this year
1982 Fitzcarraldo Werner Herzog
1983 L'Argent Robert Bresson
Nostalghia Andrei Tarkovsky
1984 A Sunday in the Country Bertrand Tavernier
1985 Rendez-vous André Téchiné
1986 After Hours Martin Scorsese
1987 Wings of Desire Wim Wenders
1988 Sur Fernando Solanas
1989 Time of the Gypsies Emir Kusturica
1990 Taxi Blues Pavel Lungin
1991 Barton Fink Joel Coen
1992 The Player Robert Altman
1993 Naked Mike Leigh
1994 Caro diario Nanni Moretti
1995 La Haine Mathieu Kassovitz
1996 Fargo Joel Coen
1997 Happy Together Wong Kar-Wai
1998 The General John Boorman
1999 All About My Mother Pedro Almodóvar
2000 Yi Yi Edward Yang
2001 The Man Who Wasn't There Joel Coen
Mulholland Drive David Lynch
2002 Chi-hwa-seon Im Kwon-taek
Punch-Drunk Love Paul Thomas Anderson
2003 Elephant Gus Van Sant
2004 Exils Tony Gatlif
2005 Caché Michael Haneke
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu
2007 The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Julian Schnabel
2008 Üç Maymun Nuri Bilge Ceylan
2009 Kinatay Brillante Mendoza
 This year the award name changed to Grand Prix du cinéma de creation.


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