Kiwi director Jane Campion wins the Palme d’Or for her film The Piano, starring Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin. She remains the only female director to win this award.
Singapore enjoys its first taste of Cannes glory as director Anthony Chen wins the Caméra d’Or for Ilo Ilo, his debut feature film about a Singaporean family and their domestic helper.
A few women wearing flats are turned away from a screening of Carol for violating the “high heels only” dress code. The next year, Julia Roberts walks the red carpet barefoot.
Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories, two Netflix films only released on the streaming service, appear in competition. At the premiere of Okja, though, audiences boo.
No film can compete for the Palme d’Or without the commitment of a French theatrical release, effectively banning Netflix. Red-carpet selfies are also banned.
Find out more about the Cannes Film Festival here.
This article was originally published in the May 2018 issue of SilverKris magazine.