|Closing film||The Emerald Forest|
|Awards||Palme d'Or (When Father|
Was Away on Business)
|No. of films||20 (In Competition)|
17 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Out of Competition)
4 (Short Film)
|Festival date||8 May 1985– 20 May 1985|
The festival opened with Witness, directed by Peter Weir and closed with The Emerald Forest, directed by John Boorman. The festival paid a tribute to American actor James Stewart and screened a restored version of his 1954 film The Glenn Miller Story, directed by Anthony Mann.
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1985 feature film competition:
- Miloš Forman (Czechoslovakia) Jury President
- Claude Imbert (France) (journalist)
- Edwin Zbonek (Austria)
- Francis Veber (France)
- Jorge Amado (Brazil)
- Mauro Bolognini (Italy)
- Michel Perez (France)
- Mo Rothman (USA)
- Néstor Almendros (Spain)
- Sarah Miles (UK)
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1985 Camera d'Or:
- Bernard Jubard
- Bertrand Van Effenterre (director)
- Joël Magny (critic)
- Jose Vieira Marques (cinephile)
- Lorenzo Codelli (journalist)
- Peter Cowie (film historian)
In competition - Feature film
The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:
Un Certain Regard
- A.K. by Chris Marker
- Ad Sof Halaylah by Eitan Green
- Dear, Dearest, Beloved, Unique... (Milyy, dorogoy, lyubimyy, edinstvennyy...) by Dinara Asanova
- Il diavolo sulle colline by Vittorio Cottafavi
- Empty Quarter: A Woman in Africa (Une femme en Afrique) by Raymond Depardon
- Fire Festival (Himatsuri) by Mitsuo Yanagimachi
- Heritage (Dediščina) by Matjaž Klopčič
- Latino by Haskell Wexler
- Das Mal des Todes by Peter Handke
- Monsieur de Pourceaugnac by Michel Mitrani
- The Mystery of Alexina (Le mystère Alexina) by René Féret
- Oriana by Fina Torres
- Padre nuestro by Francisco Regueiro
- A Private Function by Malcolm Mowbray
- Tea in the Harem (Le thé au harem d'Archimède) by Mehdi Charef
- Tokyo-Ga by Wim Wenders
Films out of competition
The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:
- The Emerald Forest by John Boorman
- The Glenn Miller Story by Anthony Mann
- Jumping by Osamu Tezuka
- Die Nacht by Hans-Jürgen Syberberg
- Night Magic by Lewis Furey
- The Purple Rose of Cairo by Woody Allen
- The Satin Slipper (Le soulier de Satin) by Manoel de Oliveira
- Steaming by Joseph Losey
- Witness by Peter Weir
Short film competition
- L'anniversaire de Georges by Patrick Traon
- Mariage (Jenitba) by Slav Bakalov and Rumen Petkov
- Stop by Krzysztof Kiwerski
- Tusagi by Bondo Shoshitaishvili
International Critics' Week
- Le Temps détruit by Pierre Beuchot (France)
- Faces of Women (Visages de femmes) by Desiré Ecaré (Ivory Coast)
- Kolp by Roland Suso Richter (West Germany)
- Vertiges by Christine Laurent (France)
- The Color of Blood by Bill Duke (United States)
- Fucha by Michał Dudziewicz (Poland)
- A Canary Cage by Pavel Chukhray (Soviet Union)
- A Marvada Carne by André Klotzel (Brazil)
- A Flash of Green by Victor Nuñez
- Crossover Dreams by Leon Ichaso
- Da Capo by Pekka Lehto, Pirjo Honkasalo
- Dance with a Stranger by Mike Newell
- Desperately Seeking Susan by Susan Seidelman
- Dim Sum: A Little Bit of Heart by Wayne Wang
- Love on the Pyramids Plateau (Al Hob Fawk Habadet al Haram) by Atef El Tayeb
- A Suspended Life (Ghazal el-Banat) by Jocelyne Saab
- Blue Mountains by Eldar Shengelaia
- Impiegati by Pupi Avati
- The City and the Dogs (La ciudad y los perros) by Francisco J. Lombardi
- La noche más hermosa by Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
- Les anges by Ridha Behi
- Lieber Karl by Maria Knilli
- Megfelelo Ember Kenyes Feladatra by János Kovácsi
- O Erotas tou Odyssea by Vassilis Vafeas
- The Funeral (Osōshiki) by Juzo Itami
- The Innocent by John Mackenzie
The following films and people received the 1985 Official selection awards:
- Palme d'Or: When Father Was Away on Business by Emir Kusturica
- Grand Prix: Birdy by Alan Parker
- Best Director: André Téchiné for Rendez-vous
- Best Actress:
- Best Actor: William Hurt for Kiss of the Spider Woman
- Best Artistic Contribution: Paul Schrader for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
- Jury Prize: Colonel Redl by István Szabó
- When Father Was Away on Business (Otac na sluzbenom putu) by Emir Kusturica (In competition)
- The Purple Rose of Cairo by Woody Allen (Out of competition)
- Faces of Women (Visages de femmes) by Desiré Ecaré (International Critics' Week)
Commission Supérieure Technique
Award of the Youth
- Foreign Film: Dance with a Stranger by Mike Newell
- French Film: Tea in the Harem (Le thé au harem d'Archimède) by Mehdi Charef
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