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In the course of its 72 editions, the Cannes Film Festival, of which Chopard is an official partner, has awarded prizes to feature motion pictures that have had an enduring impact on the history of cinema. Our film experts have selected six of them, all of which have been awarded the Palme d'or, to be viewed – or viewed again – as often as the fancy takes you.
The wanderings through Rome of a hedonistic hero played by the irresistible Marcello Mastroianni. Condemned by the Vatican, this joyfully decadent Palme d'Or film epitomises the golden age of Italian cinema. The scene in which Anita Ekberg bathes in the Trevi Fountain wearing a black sheath dress, the absolute symbol of Joie de Vivre, is one of the most iconic in the history of cinema.
The crazy challenge of a film with an entirely sung script that conceals a deep sense melancholy behind its candy-pink façade. The film’s star discovery was Catherine Deneuve, in all her radiant youthful beauty. Set to a wildly lyrical score composed by Michel Legrand, this hugely popular movie with its unique touch of enchantment continues to inspire filmmakers around the world, as it did recently with Damien Chazelle's La La Land.
This musical about the urgency of life exalts physicality by whisking its protagonists into a totally cathartic whirlwind of dance and music. A Palme d'Or, a declaration of love to Broadway, which tied that year with Kagemusha, Shadow Warrior, by Japanese master filmmaker Akira Kurosawa.
The first and only Palme d'Or ever won by a woman, shot amid New Zealand's stunning landscapes, The Piano Lesson puts nature and instinct back at the centre of everything. A symphony of the senses that earned its leading lady Holly Hunter – the personification of fire beneath ice – Best Actress award in Cannes. That year, another impossible love story tied for the ultimate award: Farewell my concubine by Chen Kaige, the first Chinese Palme d'Or in the history of cinema.
Jury President Clint Eastwood wagered firmly on the future by rewarding a young director – outsider Quentin Tarantino – for what was only his second film. The ultimate reference in pop culture, Pulp Fiction is an adrenaline rush that was to change the face of modern cinema, and one of the most entertaining Palme-winning films in the history of Cannes.
Overawed by this tender Japanese family chronicle, an anthem to happiness and solidarity, this was awarded the supreme distinction by Cate Blanchett and her jury. A truly heart-felt Palme.
As unconditional film-lovers, we are offering you a chance to discover two beautiful cinema stories with these documentaries retracing the journey of two exceptional jewellery creations crafted in the heart of our Haute Joaillerie workshops.
The star of the Cannes Film Festival is undoubtedly the Palme d'Or itself! Relive its story, from the fair-trade gold mines of South America to the closing ceremony of the Festival thanks to The Legend of the Palme d'Or (by Alexis Veller, 2015). This first-ever documentary film entirely devoted to the trophy gives pride of place to some of its greatest laureates, from Martin Scorsese to Jane Campion and Quentin Tarantino. An adventure brimming with memories and emotions!
Follow the journey of the most precious and impressive diamond ever crafted by the Maison. The Queen of Kalahari (by Alexis Veller, 2017) is a breathtaking documentary retracing the journey of this 342-carat diamond with its peerless clarity, from its discovery by a woman in a mine in Botswana to Chopard's Geneva workshops. An ageless diamond, whose destiny has left an indelible imprint on the history of jewellery.
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