With the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the year’s most highly anticipated cinematic event, kicking off next week, it seems the perfect time to offer a selection of Criterion titles that have been honored at past festivals on the Croisette. In Cannes Winners, we have highlighted movies that won major awards from the Cannes jury. They include Lars von Trier’s Europa (Jury Prize, 1991), Masaki Kobayashi’s Harakiri (Jury Prize, 1963), Alf Sjöberg’s Miss Julie (Grand Prize, 1951), Wim Wenders’s Paris, Texas (Palme d’Or, 1984), Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry (Palme d’Or, 1997), Luis Buñuel’s Viridiana (Palme d’Or, 1961), and Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman in the Dunes (Jury Prize, 1964).
In 1960, two films tied for the Jury Prize, and we’re offering both. The first is Michelangelo Antonioni’s iconic L’avventura; the second, less known today and currently unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray, is Kon Ichikawa’s Odd Obsession. The latter is an absorbing tale of adultery, jealousy, and a quest for eternal youth, starring Tatsuya Nakadai, Ganjiro Nakamura, and Machiko Kyo. Watch it below or over at Hulu. And remember: if you sign up for Hulu Plus for just $7.99 a month, you can see these and hundreds of other Criterion films commercial-free any time.