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How international is the Palme d'Or?

The Cannes Film Festival is renowned for being a truly international celebration of film. The BBC's Elena Egawhay looks at where its most vaunted films tend to come from?

How international are Palme d'Or winning films?

image showing By year and country
By country

The Cannes Film Festival concludes on Sunday with the Palme d'Or award - its top honour for the best film shown at the festival.

Jeanne Moreau
7 female actors (Jeanne Moreau, pictured, served twice)
4 male actors
1 male artist
29 male directors
12 male authors (Marcel Achard served twice)

While the Academy Awards, or Oscars, are primarily known for being a celebration of English language movies, Cannes has always prided itself on having a broader outlook on the film-making world.

Staged in the French resort that gives the festival its name, it has sought to champion the best of "world cinema". The Palme d'Or is its equivalent of the Oscars' "best picture" award.

But a look back at the winners since 1955 shows 79% of winning films originated in Europe or the United States.

American films have proved most popular - with 14 Palme d'Ors, followed by French, and then Italian films.

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