David Bowie is playing in "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence", the film by Nagisa Oshima, in official competition. Hours before prize list, a leak suggests that "the Japanese film" will get the Palme d'Or. The team of Oshima's movie already crack open a bottle of champagne, forgetting that another Japanese film was also in the selection. And it will be "The Ballad of Narayama" by Shohei Imamura who was awarded that evening.

1983