This Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) represents the 1979 Cannes Film Festival winners—the German film The Tin Drum (directed by Volker Schlöndorff) and the American film Apocalypse Now (directed by Francis Ford Coppola).
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  • On September 20, 1946, the first Cannes Film Festival was held in the Mediterranean resort town of Cannes, France. Today, the awards presented at the Cannes Film Festival are among the most prestigious, diverse, and competitive in the world.
     
    A jury of nine film professionals—mostly actors and directors—selects the top winner of the Cannes Film Festival. In 2014, the president of the jury was New Zealand director Jane Campion, and included Iranian actress Leila Hatami, South Korean actress Jeon Do-yeon, and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal.
     
    The winners of the Palme d’Or, the festival’s highest honor, are as diverse as the jury. In 2014, the Palme d’Or went to the Turkish film Winter Sleep. In 2010, the award (from a jury led by American filmmaker Tim Burton) went to the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can See His Past Lives. In 1994, the jury (led by American filmmaker Clint Eastwood) honored the American film Pulp Fiction.
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    competition Noun

    contest between organisms for resources, recognition, or group or social status.

    diverse Adjective

    varied or having many different types.

    present Verb

    to formally offer or submit.

    prestigious Adjective

    having a good reputation.

    professional Noun

    person who is an expert or makes their living at a specific job or task.

    resort Noun

    facility or space people go to relax in a luxury setting.