Cannes ’82 – The Guests of Room 666

Though imprisoned at the time in his home country, Turkish director Yilmaz Güney, along with Costa-Gavras (Missing), was awarded the Palme d’or for Yol. Fitzcarraldo earned Werner Herzog the Best Director prize. Romain Goupil received the Caméra d’or for Half a Life.

Other guests of Room 666 who had features in the main competition were Robert Kramer (A Tout Allure), Michaelangelo Antonioni (Identification of a Woman), Jean-Luc Godard (Passion), Susan Seidleman (Smithereens) and Wenders himself (Hammett).

Un Certain Regard included Paul Morrissey (Forty Deuce), Jean-Luc Godard (A Letter to Freddy Bauche), Ana Carolina (Heart and Guts) and Mahroun Bagdadi (Little Wars).

The Directors’ Fortnight featured Mike de Leon’s Batch ’81.

Steven Spielberg’s ET: The Extra Terrestrial was screened out of competition.

At the time, Monte Hellman had completed the documentary Inside the Coppola Personality and was working on an uncompleted documentary about prostitution in Los Angeles.

That year, Noël Simsolo was appearing in Jean-Claude Biette’s Loin de Manhattan and had directed the short film, Pan Pan.

Rainer Werner Fassbinder would not live to be present at Querelle’s pemiere at the Venice Film Festival later that year. He died on 10th June 1982.

ROOM 666 is available on DVD and VOD through AX1 Films.