Three firsts in 1959! Dean Harris is quite intrigued by Miss Festival, as he loves the Cannes Film Festival. He is looking for a student to do research on this pageant and bring you more information on it. The same year that Cecelia Cooper won the Miss Festival title, beating out 14 European entrants, the film Orfeu Negro won the coveted Palm d'Or as the best film of the festival. The movie is an adaptation of the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, set in the context of a favela in 1950's Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval. The film was an international co-production between film companies in Brazil, France and Italy.