Official poster of the 41st Cannes Film Festival, featuring an original illustration by Tibor Timar.
|Opening film||Le Grand Bleu|
|Awards||Palme d'Or (Pelle erobreren)|
|No. of films||21 (In Competition)|
22 (Un Certain Regard)
7 (Out of Competition)
9 (Short Film)
|Festival date||11 May 1988– 23 May 1988|
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1988 feature film competition:
- Ettore Scola Jury President
- Claude Berri
- David Robinson
- Yelena Safonova
- George Miller
- Héctor Olivera
- Nastassja Kinski
- Philippe Sarde
- Robby Muller
- William Goldman – Goldman wrote about the experience in his book Hype and Glory.
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1988 Camera d'Or:
- Danièle Delorme (actress) (France) President
- Bernard Jubard
- Carlos Avellar (journalist)
- Chantal Calafato (cinephile)
- David Streiff (cinephile)
- Ekaterina Oproiu (journalist)
- Henry Chapier (critic) (France)
- Jacques Champreux (director) (France)
In competition – Feature films
The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:
- The Abyss (L'oeuvre au noir) by André Delvaux
- Bird by Clint Eastwood
- The Cannibals (Os Canibais) by Manoel de Oliveira
- Chocolat by Claire Denis
- El Dorado by Carlos Saura
- Drowning by Numbers by Peter Greenaway
- L'enfance de l'art by Francis Girod
- Hanussen by István Szabó
- King of the Children (Hai zi wang) by Chen Kaige
- Love and Fear (Paura e amore) by Margarethe von Trotta
- El Lute II: Tomorrow I'll be Free (El Lute II: mañana seré libre) by Vicente Aranda
- Miles from Home by Gary Sinise
- Pascali's Island by James Dearden
- The Passenger – Welcome to Germany (Der Passagier – Welcome to Germany) by Thomas Brasch
- Patty Hearst by Paul Schrader
- Pelle the Conqueror (Pelle erobreren) by Bille August
- The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey by Vincent Ward
- A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) by Krzysztof Kieślowski
- Sur by Fernando Solanas
- A World Apart by Chris Menges
- Wuthering Heights (Arashi ga oka) by Yoshishige Yoshida
Un Certain Regard
- Among Grey Stones (Sredi serykh kamney) by Kira Muratova
- Antarjali Jatra by Gautam Ghose
- The Harms Case (Slucaj Harms) by Slobodan D. Pesic
- Havinck by Frans Weisz
- Hôtel Terminus: The Life and Times of Klaus Barbie by Marcel Ophüls
- It's Happening Tomorrow (Domani accadrà) by Daniele Luchetti
- Katinka (Ved vejen) by Max von Sydow
- Lamento by François Dupeyron
- Lounge Chair (La méridienne) by Jean-François Amiguet
- Mapantsula by Oliver Schmitz
- The Mask (La maschera) by Fiorella Infascelli
- Natalia by Bernard Cohn
- Night Journey (Gece Yolculuğu) by Ömer Kavur
- On the Silver Globe (Na srebrnym globie) by Andrzej Żuławski
- The Raggedy Rawney by Bob Hoskins
- The Revolving Doors (Les Portes tournantes) by Francis Mankiewicz
- Rouge of the North (Yuan nu) by Fred Tan
- Sand and Blood (De sable et de sang) by Jeanne Labrune
- A Song of Air by Merilee Bennett
- Stalin's Disciples (Yaldei Stalin) by Nadav Levitan
- Time of Violence (Vreme na nasilie) by Ludmil Staikov
- Why? (Proc?) by Karel Smyczek
Out of competition
The following films were selected to be screened out of competition.
Short film competition
The following short films competed for the Palme d'Or du court métrage:
- Ab Ovo / Homoknyomok (Traces of Sand) by Ferenc Cako
- Bukpytacy (Fioritures) by Gary Bardine
- Cat & Mousse by David Lawson
- Chet's Romance by Bertrand Fevre
- Les Dômes du Plaisir by Maggie Fooke
- Out of Town by Norman Hull
- Pas-ta-shoot-ah by Maurizio Forestieri
- Pleasure Domes by Maggie Fooke
- Sculpture Physique by Yann Piquer, Jean Marie Maddeddu
- Super Freak by Gisela Ekholm, Per Ekholm
International Critics' Week
Feature film competition
- Begurebis gadaprena by Temür Babluani (Soviet Union)
- Full Moon (Dolunay) by Sahin Kaygun (Turkey)
- Tokyo Pop by Fran Rubel Kuzui (USA)
- The Well (Jing) by Yalin Li (China)
- Testament by John Akomfrah (United Kingdom)
- Portrait of a Life (Ekti Jiban) by Raja Mitra (India)
- My Dear Subject (Mon cher sujet) by Anne-Marie Miéville (France, Switzerland)
Short film competition
- La face cachée de la lune by Yvon Marciano (France)
- Metropolis Apocalypse by Jon Jacobs (United Kingdom) 
- Artisten (The Artist) by Jonas Grimas (Sweden)
- Klatka (The cage) by Olaf Olszewski (Poland)
- Cidadao Jatoba (Citizen Jatoba) by Maria Luiza Aboïm (Brazil)
- Blues Black and White by Markus Imboden (Switzerland)
- Amerika, Terra Incognita by Diego Risquez
- Daughter of the Nile (Ni luo he nu er) by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Die Venusfalle by Robert Van Ackeren
- Distant Voices, Still Lives by Terence Davies
- Ei by Danniel Danniel
- Herseye Ragmen by Orhan Oguz
- La Ligne de Chaleur by Hubert-Yves Rose
- Légendes Vivantes by Nodar Managadzé
- Mars Froid by Igor Minayev
- Natal da Portela by Paulo Cezar Saraceni
- Noujoum A’nahar by Oussama Mohammad
- Salaam Bombay! by Mira Nair
- Summer Thefts (Sarikat Sayfeya) by Yousry Nasrallah
- Soursweet by Mike Newell
- Stormy Monday by Mike Figgis
- The Story of Fausta (Romance Da Empregada) by Bruno Barreto
- Tabataba by Raymond Rajaonarivelo
- The Suitors by Ghasem Ebrahimian
The following films and people received the 1988 Official selection awards:
- Palme d'Or: Pelle erobreren by Bille August
- Grand Prix: A World Apart by Chris Menges
- Best Director: Fernando Solanas for Sur
- Best Actress: Barbara Hershey, Jodhi May and Linda Mvusi for A World Apart
- Best Actor: Forest Whitaker for Bird
- Best Artistic Contribution: Peter Greenaway for Drowning by Numbers
- Jury Prize: Krótki film o zabijaniu by Krzysztof Kieślowski
- Short Film Palme d'Or: Vykrutasy by Garri Bardin
- Short Film Prize for Animation: Traces of Sand (Ab Ovo / Homoknyomok) by Ferenc Cako
- Short Film Prize for Fiction: Physical Sculpture (Sculpture Physique) by Yann Piquer, Jean Marie Maddeddu
- Krótki film o zabijaniu by Krzysztof Kieślowski (In competition)
- Hôtel Terminus by Marcel Ophüls (Un Certain Regard)
- Distant Voices, Still Lives by Terence Davies (Directors' Fortnight)
Commission Supérieure Technique
- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: A World Apart by Chris Menges
- Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention: The Revolving Doors (Les Portes tournantes) by Francis Mankiewicz
Award of the Youth
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