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Glittering palms

In May, cinephiles get together on Cannes’ iconic Croisette. We show you winning films from 40 years.

From 17 to 28 May a resort city on the French Riviera turns into the pulsating heart of the film industry for the 70th time: the Cannes Film Festival is steeped in tradition (only the one in Venice is older). It has existed since 1939, but on the day of the planned opening World War II began, delaying the festival’s premiere until 1946. Back then, the historian Georges Huisman presided over the jury, in 2017 it is the Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar.

Lufthansa celebrates the anniversary by showing you five films that won the Palme d’Or: Martin Scorsese’s masterpiece Taxi Driver won in 1976 with Robert De Niro on top form. It took almost half a century until a female director – Jane Campion – took home the highest prize for her romantic drama The Piano.

Looking into the advent of fascism is the European co-production The White Ribbon, which captures in black and white the atmosphere right before World War I. In 2011, the emotionally and visually impressive epic The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick caused a stir. And last year it was British director Ken Loach, who received his second Palme d’Or for social realist drama I, Daniel Blake about life on benefits.

Taxi Driver, The Piano, The White Ribbon, The Tree of Life, I, Daniel Blake