Month: May 2013

Films that have opened the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF)

The Melbourne International Film Festival has been in existence since 1952.
Here is a list of films that have opened the festival, dating back to 1982.

 

2016-  The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

2015- Force of Destiny

2014 – Predestination.

2013- I’m So Excited.

2012- The Sapphires

2011-  The Fairy

2010-  The Wedding Party

2009-  Balibo

2008- Not Quite Hollywood

2007-  Sicko

2006-  2:37

2005- Little Fish

2004- Somersault

2003-  Japanese Story / Harvey Krumpet

2002-  The Tracker

2001- The Bank

2000- Wonder Boys

1999- Siam Sunset

1998- The Interview

1997- Brassed Off

1996- Children of the Revolution

1995- The Sentimental Bloke (1919 silent film)

1994- Muriel’s Wedding

1993- The Wedding Banquet

1992- The Mambo Kings

1991- L ‘Atlante (from 1934)

1990- A Story of Boys and Girls

1989- Salaam Bombay!

1988-  A Hungarian Fairy Tale

1987- The Journey

1986- Kangaroo

1985- Birdy

1984-  Broadway Danny Rose

1983- The Draughtsman Contract

1982- Cutter’s Way

Festival programs available online at MIFF, prior to 1982, do not list the opening night film.
Further research is required to identify them.

Films that have won the Cannes Critic Grand Prix.

The best feature film in the Critics Week component of Cannes, has been awarded since the early 1990s.
Over the years it has changed name from the SACD Award (1991-1992), to the Mercedes-Benz Award (1993-1999) and to the Critics Week Grand Prix (2000 – present).
NB: This award is different to the ‘Grand Prix’ , which is given by a jury in the main competition of Cannes.

2013-  Salvo

2012-  Aquí y allá

2011 – Take Shelter

2010-  Armadillo

2009 – Goodbye Gary

2008 –  Snow

2007-  XXY

2006 – Les amitiés maléfiques

2005 – Me and You And Everyone We Know

2004 –  A Common Thread.   Or.    (tie)

2003 –  Since Otar Left

2002 – Respiro

2001-  Under the Moonlight

2000 – Amores Perros

1999- Flowers from Another World

1998- I Stand Alone

1997- Budbringeren

1996-  Les aveux de l’innocent

1995- Manneken Pis

1994- Clerks

1993- Cronos

1992- Man Bites Dog

1991- Young Soul Rebels

 

by Rhett Bartlett
DialMForMovies

Films that have opened the Cannes Film Festival

Films that have opened the Cannes Film Festival

2015 – La Tete Haute

2014- Grace of Monaco

2013- The Great Gatsby

2012- Moonrise Kingdom

2011- Midnight in Paris

2010- Robin Hood

2009- Up

2008- Blindness

2007- My Blueberry Nights

2006- Da Vinci Code

2005- Lemming

2004- Bad Education

2003- Fanfan La Tulip

2002- Hollywood Ending

2001- Moulin Rouge

2000- Vatel

1999- Barber of Siberia

1998- Primary Colors

1997- Fifth Element

1996- Ridicule

1995- City of Lost Children

1994-  The Hudsucker Proxy

1993-  Ma saison préférée

1992-  Basic Instinct

1991- Homicide

1990- Dreams

1989- New York Stories

1988-  The Big Blue

1987 – Un homme amoureux

1986- Pirates

1985 – Witness

1984- Fort Saganne

1983- The King of Comedy

1982-  Intolerance  (D.W.Griffiths)

1981- Three Brothers

1980- Fantastica

1979- Hair

1978-  Moy Iaskovyy i nezhnyy zver

1977- The Duellists

1976-  Hollywood…Hollywood!

1975- A Happy Divorce

1974- Amarcord

1973-  Godspell

1972-  Malpertius

1971- Gimme Shelter

1970- Les Choses de la vie

1969-  Sweet Charity

1968 –  Gone With the Wind  (restored version in 70mm)

1967-  J’ai tue Raspoutine

1966- Modesty Blaise

1965-  The Collector

1964-  Cent mille dollars au soleil

1963-  The Birds

1962-  Les Amants de Teruel

1961-  Che gioia vivere

1960-  Ben-Hur

1959- Les Quatre Cents Coups

1958- The Flute and the Arrow

1957- Around the World in Eighty Days

1956- Marie-Antoinette reine de France

1955- Di rififi chez les hommes

1954- Le Grand Jeu

1953-  Horizons sans fin

1952- An American in Paris

1951- Four in a Jeep

1950-  No Festival

1949-  L’Arroseur Arrose

1948-  No Festival

1947- The Jolson Story

1946-  The Fall of Berlin (shown on Matinee on Sept 20 1946. Unsure at the moment if the festival classified that as the ‘Opening Film’)

1940-1945  World War II interruption.  No Festival

1939-  The Hunchback of Notre Dame   (the only film screened at the Festival, as Hitler invaded Poland that day).

Research conducted by Rhett Bartlett.
With thanks to @FilmLandEmpire in filling in some gaps and ARoquentin.
And thanks for @LouLumenick for the information pertaining to the 1939 entry.