An American film entitled "The Conversation" won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes international Film Festival on Friday (24 May).
An American film entitled "The Conversation" won the Grand Prix award at the Cannes international Film Festival on Friday (24 May). The film, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola, is topical in that it tolls the story of a professional wire-tapper.
Starring Gene Hackman, who won an Oscar for his performance in "The French Connection", it shows how a hard-bitten wire-tapper (Hackman), who always works for the highest bidder, softens when he realises that he is endangering the lives of a young couple whose conversations he listens to secretly.
But despite the parallels, audiences will inevitably draw with the Watergate Scandal in Washington, the film was made before the real-life political scandal had really developed.
"The Conversation" was Coppola's second successive success as a director, following his smash-hit at the box office with "The Godfather."
The Best Actor Award also went to the United States, with Jack Nicholson taking it for his role in "The Last Detail". The Festival Jury chose as Best Actress, Marie Joes Nat of France, for her performance in the French film "Les Violons Du Val" (Violins at the Ball).
The final night of the Festival, at which the Awards were announced, was attended as usual by a galaxy of famous stars. The presentation of the awards was made by American film star Tony Curtis.