Official poster of the 60th Cannes Film Festival.
|Opening film||My Blueberry Nights|
|Closing film||Days of Darkness (L'Âge des ténèbres)|
|Awards||Palme d'Or (4 Months,|
3 Weeks and 2 Days)
|Hosted by||Diane Kruger|
|No. of films||22 (In Competition)|
20 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Out of Competition)
11 (Special screenings)
11 (Short Film)
|Festival date||16 May 2007– 27 May 2007|
The 60th Cannes Film Festival ran from 16 to 27 May 2007. The President of the Jury was British director Stephen Frears. Twenty two films from twelve countries were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. The awards were announced on 26 May. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, directed by Cristian Mungiu won the Palme d'Or.
The official poster of the 60th Cannes festival featured Pedro Almodóvar, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Souleymane Cissé, Penélope Cruz, Gérard Depardieu, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Wong Kar Wai, all photographed by Alex Majoli.
The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2007 Official Selection:
- Stephen Frears (British director) Jury President
- Marco Bellocchio (Italian director)
- Maggie Cheung (Hong Kong actress)
- Toni Collette (Australian actress)
- Maria de Medeiros (Portuguese actress)
- Orhan Pamuk (Nobel Prize winning Turkish novelist)
- Michel Piccoli (French actor)
- Sarah Polley (Canadian actress and director)
- Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritanian director)
Un Certain Regard
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2007 Un Certain Regard:
- Pascale Ferran (French director) President
- Kent Jones (American writer)
- Cristi Puiu (Romanian director)
- Bian Qin
- Jasmine Trinca (Italian actress)
Cinéfondation and short films
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the Cinéfondation and short films competition:
- Jia Zhangke (Chinese director) President
- Niki Karimi (Iranian actress, filmmaker)
- J. M. G. Le Clézio (French writer)
- Dominik Moll (German director)
- Deborah Nadoolman (American costume designer)
The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2007 Camera d'Or:
- Pavel Lungin (Russian writer, director) President
- Renato Berta (Swiss cinematographer)
- Julie Bertuccelli (French director)
- Clotilde Courau (French actress)
In competition – Feature films
The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:
Un Certain Regard
- Actrices by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France)
- And Along Come Tourists (Am Ende kommen Touristen) by Robert Thalheim (Germany)
- The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) by Eran Kolirin (Israel)
- Blind Mountain by Li Yang (China)
- California Dreamin' by Cristian Nemescu (Romania)
- Calle Santa Fe by Carmen Castillo (Chile)
- Et toi, t'es sur qui? by Lola Doillon (France)
- Flight of the Red Balloon by Hou Hsiao-hsien (France, Taiwan)
- Kuaile Gongchang by Ekachai Uekrongtham (Thailand)
- Magnus by Kadri Kõusaar (Estonia, United Kingdom)
- Mio fratello è figlio unico by Daniele Luchetti (Italy)
- Mister Lonely by Harmony Korine (United States)
- Munyurangabo by Lee Isaac Chung (United States)
- Night Train by Diao Yi'nan (China)
- The Pope's Toilet (El Baño del Papa) by Enrique Fernandez and César Charlone (Uruguay)
- La soledad by Jaime Rosales (Spain)
- A Stray Girlfriend by Ana Katz (Argentina)
- Terror's Advocate by Barbet Schroeder (France)
- Water Lilies by Celine Sciamma (France)
- You, the Living (Du levande) by Roy Andersson (Sweden)
Films out of competition
The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:
- Boarding Gate by Olivier Assayas (France)
- Days of Darkness (L'Âge des ténèbres) by Denys Arcand (Canada, France)
- Déficit by Gael Garcia Bernal (Mexico)
- Expired by Cecilia Miniucchi (United States)
- Go Go Tales by Abel Ferrara (United States, Italy)
- Héros by Bruno Merle (France)
- A Mighty Heart by Michael Winterbottom (United States, United Kingdom)
- Ocean's Thirteen by Steven Soderbergh (United States)
- Sicko by Michael Moore (United States)
- To Each His Own Cinema (Chacun son cinéma) (various) (France)
- Triangle (Tie saam gok) by Ringo Lam, Johnny To, Tsui Hark (Hong Kong, China)
- U2 3D by Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington (United States)
The following films were screened specially for the 60th Festival.
- 11th Hour by Nadia Conners, Leila Conners Petersen (United States)
- Rebellion: the Litvinenko Case by Andrei Nekrasov (Russia)
- Boxes by Jane Birkin (France)
- Cartouches Gauloises by Mehdi Charef (France, Algeria)
- Cruising by William Friedkin (United States, Germany)
- Fengming, a Chinese Memoir (He Fengming) by Wang Bing (China)
- One Hundred Nails (Centochiodi) by Ermanno Olmi (Italy)
- Retour en Normandie by Nicolas Philibert (France)
- Roman de gare by Claude Lelouch (France)
- Ulzhan by Volker Schlöndorff (Germany)
- The War, by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick (United States)
- Young Yakuza by Jean-Pierre Limosin (France, United States, Japan)
- A Reunion by Sung-Hoon Hong
- Aditi singh by Mickael Kummer
- Ahora todos parecen contentos by Gonzalo Tobal
- Berachel bitha haktana by Efrat Corem
- Chinese Whispers by Raka Dutta
- For the Love of God by Joe Tucker
- Goyta by Joanna Jurewicz
- Halbe Stunden by Nicolas Wackerbarth
- Minus by Pavle Vuckovic
- Mish'olim by Hagar Ben-Asher
- Neostorozhnost by Alexander Kugel
- Rondo by Marja Mikkonen
- Ru Dao by Tao Chen
- Saba by Thereza Menezes, Gregorio Graziosi
- Triple 8 Palace by Alexander Ku
- Vita di Giacomo by Luca Governatori
Short film competition
- Ah Ma by Anthony Chen (Singapore)
- Ark by Grzegorz Jonkajtys (Poland)
- The Last 15 by Antonio Campos (United States)
- Looking Glass by Erik Rosenlund (Sweden)
- My Dear Rosseta by Yang Hae-hoon (South Korea)
- My Sister by Marco Van Geffen (Netherlands)
- The Oates' Valor by Tim Thaddeus Cahill United States)
- Resistance aux tremblements by Olivier Hems (France)
- Run by Mark Albiston (New Zealand)
- Gia to onoma tou spourgitiou by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus)
- Ver Llover by Elisa Miller (Mexico)
- Bound by Chastity Rules by Shin Sang-Ok (1962)
- Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed by Lotte Reiniger (1926)
- My Last Mistress (Donne-moi tes yeux) by Sacha Guitry (1943)
- Dracula by Terence Fisher (1958)
- Hondo by John Farrow (1953)
- La Bandera by Julien Duvivier (1935)
- Made In Jamaica by Jérôme Laperrousaz (2006)
- Mikey & Nicky by Elaine May (1976)
- Forest of the Hanged (Pădurea spânzuraților) by Liviu Ciulei (1964)
- Suspiria by Dario Argento (1977)
- Twelve Angry Men by Sidney Lumet (1957)
- Words for Battle by Humphrey Jennings (1941, short)
- Yo Yo (Yoyo) by Pierre Etaix (1965)
International Critics' Week
Feature film competition
- À l'intérieur by Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo (France)
- El Asaltante by Pablo Fendrik (Argentina)
- Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (Funuke domo, kanashimi no ai wo misero) by Daihachi Yoshida (Japan)
- In Your Wake (Nos retrouvailles) by David Oelhoffen (France)
- Jellyfish (Meduzot) by Etgar Keret, Shira Geffen (Israel, France)
- The Milky Way (A via láctea) by Lina Chamie (Brazil)
- The Orphanage (El Orfanato) by Juan Antonio Bayona (Spain, Mexico)
- Párpados azules by Ernesto Contreras (Mexico)
- Voleurs de chevaux by Micha Wald (Belgium, France, Canada)
- XXY by Lucia Puenzo (Argentina, France, Spain)
Short film competition
- Um ramo by Juliana Rojas & Marco Dutra (Brazil)
- Madame Tutli-Putli by Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski (Canada)
- Saliva by Esmir Filho (Brazil)
- Rabbit Troubles by Dimitar Mitovski & Kamen Kalev (Bulgaria)
- Fog by Peter Salmon (New Zealand)
- La Route, la nuit by Marine Alice le Du (France)
- Both by Bass Bre’che (United Kingdom, Lebanon)
- Héros by Bruno Merle (France) (opening film)
- Déficit by Gael Garcia Bernal (Mexico) (La séance du Parrain)
- Malos hábitos by Simón Bross (Mexico) (La séance du Parrain)
- The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories by Andrey Paounov (Bulgaria, United States, Germany) (Documentary)
- Primrose Hill by Mikhaël Hers (France) (Short film)
- Situation Frank by Patrik Eklund (Sweden) (Short film)
- Chambre 616 by Frédéric Pelle (France) (Prix de la Critique)
- Expired by Cecilia Miniucchi (United States) (closing film)
- Après lui by Gaël Morel (France)
- Avant que j'oublie by Jacques Nolot (France)
- Caramel by Nadine Labaki (Lebanon, France)
- Chop Shop by Ramin Bahrani (United States)
- Control by Anton Corbijn (Hungary)
- Dai Nipponjin by Hitoshi Matsumoto (Japan)
- Foster Child (John John) by Brillante Mendoza (Philippines)
- Her Name Is Sabine (Elle s'appelle Sabine) by Sandrine Bonnaire (France)
- Garage by Lenny Abrahamson (Ireland)
- L'état du monde by Chantal Akerman (Belgium), Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand), Vicente Ferraz (Brazil), Ayisha Abraham (India), Wang Bing (China), Pedro Costa (Portugal)
- Counterparts (L'un contre l'autre) by Jan Bonny (Germany)
- La France by Serge Bozon (France)
- La Question humaine by Nicolas Klotz (France)
- La Influencia by Pedro Aguilera (Mexico)
- Mutum by Sandra Kogut (Brazil, France)
- Ploy by Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Thailand)
- PVC-1 by Spiros Stathoulopoulos (Colombia)
- Savage Grace by Tom Kalin (United States, France, Spain)
- Smiley Face by Gregg Araki (United States, Germany)
- Tout est pardonné by Mia Hansen-Løve (France)
- Un homme perdu by Danielle Arbid (Lebanon, France)
- Yumurta by Semih Kaplanoglu (Turkey, Greece)
- Zoo by Robinson Devor (United States)
Tous Les Cinemas du Monde
Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) began in 2005 to showcase films from a variety of different countries. From 19 May to 25 May 2007, films were screened from India, Lebanon, Poland, Kenya, Guinea, Angola, Slovenia, and Colombia.
The first two days of this program were devoted entirely to the cinema of India and included films in a number of different languages. The Hindi film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, which screened on 19 May (with Bollywood superstar, Sanjay Dutt, as a Mumbai underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi), was particularly well received. In addition, a Mani Ratnam film, Guru, (starring Abhishek Bachchan, Madhavan and Aishwarya Rai and loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani; Bachchan also made a cameo appearance in Lage Raho Munna Bhai) was also a "critical success". Other films included the Hindi film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal starring John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, Dharm, the Malayalam film Saira, Missed Call, the Tamil film Veyil, and the Bengali film Dosar. Another Tamil language Indian film, Mozhi was shown in the non-prize category at a later date.
Debuting at the Director's Fortnight was Nadine Labaki's Caramel, a charming dramedy about five women who gather at a beauty salon and deal with their everyday problems with men, social expectation, sexuality, and tradition vs. modernizing times. Labaki not only directed and co-wrote the film but plays the lead as well. The rest of the cast is composed mostly of unprofessional actors, all of whom deliver very convincing performances and add a lot of color and depth to the film. Reminiscent of a Pedro Almodóvar picture, Caramel is unique not just for its technical and creative sophistication but also for not tackling any of the religious, political, or war-related issues that have continued to plague its setting, Lebanon, til now. The film proved to be a sleeper at the festival and was distributed in well over 40 countries, becoming an international hit.
The following films and people received the 2007 Official selection awards:
- Palme d'Or: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu
- Grand Prix: The Mourning Forest (Mogari no Mori) by Naomi Kawase
- Best Director Award: Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
- Best Screenplay Award: Fatih Akın for The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite)
- Best Actress: Jeon Do-yeon in Secret Sunshine
- Best Actor: Konstantin Lavronenko in The Banishment
- Prix du Jury:
- 60th Anniversary Prize: Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant
Un Certain Regard
- Prix Un Certain Regard: California Dreamin', by Cristian Nemescu
- Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize: Actrices by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
- Heart Throb Jury Prize: The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) by Eran Kolirin
- Short Film Special Distinction: Run by Mark Albiston
- First Prize: Ahora todos parecen contentos by Gonzalo Tobal
- Second Prize: Ru Dao by Tao Chen
- Third Prize: Minus by Pavle Vuckovic
- Short Film Palme d'Or: Ver Llover by Elisa Miller
- Special mention: Ah Ma by Anthony Chen & Run by Mark Albiston
- 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu (In competition)
- The Band's Visit (Bikur Ha-Tizmoret) by Eran Kolirin (Un Certain Regard)
- Her Name is Sabine (Elle s'appelle Sabine) by Sandrine Bonnaire
Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist
- Vulcan Award: Janusz Kamiński (cinematographer) for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)
Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week
- Canal+ Gran Prix for short film: Madame Tutli-Putli
- Petit Rail d'Or (presented by "cinephile railwaymen") for Madame Tutli-Putli
Association Prix François Chalais
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