2008 Cannes Film Festival

2008 Cannes Film Festival

The 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival was held May 14 through 25, 2008. In addition to films selected for competition this year, major Hollywood productions such as "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and "Kung Fu Panda" had their world premieres at the festival.

The British press reported the list of films in competition this year was notable for its absence of British films for the second successive year. [ [http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/film-and-tv/news/cannes-film-festival-snubs-british-movies-for-the-second-year-running-814741.html?r=RSS Cannes Film Festival snubs British movies for the second year running. "The Independent". April 23, 2008] ] [ [http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article3803525.ece Indiana Jones steals the show as Cannes ignores British films. Times Online. April 24, 2008] ]

Feature film competition

Festival line-up

* "Blindness," (by Fernando Meirelles, Brazil-Canada-Japan)

* "What Just Happened?," (by Barry Levinson, United States)

Films in competition [ [http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/2008/inCompetition.html Festival de Cannes : Official Selection 2008 ] ]

* "24 City" (by Jia Zhangke, China)
* "Adoration" (by Atom Egoyan, Canada)
* "Blindness," (by Fernando Meirelles, Brazil-Canada-Japan)
* "Changeling" (by Clint Eastwood, United States)
* "Un conte de Noël" ("A Christmas Tale" by Arnaud Desplechin, France)
* "Che" (by Steven Soderbergh, United States)
* "Delta" (by Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary)
* "Il Divo" (by Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)
* "Entre les murs" ("The Class" by Laurent Cantet, France)
* "La frontière de l'aube" ("Frontier of Dawn" by Philippe Garrel, France)
* "Gomorra" ("Gomorrah" by Matteo Garrone, Italy)
* "Leonera" (by Pablo Trapero, Argentina)
* "Linha de passe" (by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas, Brazil)
* "La mujer sin cabeza" ("The Woman Without a Head" by Lucrecia Martel, Argentina)
* "My Magic" (by Eric Khoo, Singapore)
* "Palermo Shooting" (by Wim Wenders, Germany)
* "Serbis" (by Brillante Mendoza, Philippines)
* "Le silence de Lorna" ("Lorna's SIlence" by Dardenne brothers, Belgium)
* "Synecdoche, New York" (by Charlie Kaufman, United States)
* "Two Lovers" (by James Gray, United States)
* "Three Monkeys" (by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey)
* "Waltz with Bashir" (by Ari Folman, Israel)

Out of competition

* "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (by Steven Spielberg, US)
* "Kung Fu Panda" (by John Stevenson and Mark Osborne, US)
* "The Good, the Bad, and the Weird" (by Kim Jee-woon, South Korea)
* "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (by Woody Allen, US-Spain)

Midnight screening

* "Maradona" (by Emir Kusturica, Spain-France)
* "Surveillance" (by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, US)
* "The Chaser (2008 film)" (by Na Hong-jin, South Korea)

pecial screening

* "Of Time and the City" (by Terence Davies, UK)
* "Chelsea on the rocks" (by Abel Ferrara)
* "Sanguepazzo" (by Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy-France)
* "C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons" (by Daniel Leconte)
* "Ashes of Time Redux" (by Wong Kar-Wai, China)
* "" (by Marina Zenovich, USA-UK)

Un certain regard

* "Afterschool", by Antonio Campos
* "De Ofrivilliga", by Robert Östlund
* "Je veux voir", by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
* "Johnny Mad Dog", by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
* "A Festa De Menina Morta", by Matheus Nachtergaele
* "La Vie moderne", by Raymond Depardon
* "Le Sel de la mer", by Annemarie Jacir
* "Los Bastardos", by Amat Escalante
* "O'Horten", by Bent Hamer
* "Parking", by Chung Mong-Hong
* "Soi Cowboy", by Thomas Clay
* "Tokyo", by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho
* "Tokyo Sonata", by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
* "Tulpan", by Sergeï Dvortsevoy
* "Tyson", by James Toback
* "Versailles", by Pierre Schoeller
* "Wendy and Lucy", by Kelly Reichardt
* "Wolke 9", by Andreas Dresen
* "Yi Ban Haishui, Yi Ban Huoyan", by Fendou Liu

Competition shorts

* "411-Z", by Daniel Erdélyi
* "Buen Viaje", by Javier Palleiro
* "De moins en moins", by Mélanie Laurent (France)
* "El Deseo (film)", by Marie Benito
* "Jerrycan ", by Julius Avery
* "Megatron", by Marian Crişan
* "My Rabbit Hoppy", by Anthony Lucas
* "Smafuglar", by Rúnar Rúnarsson


International competition

* Sean Penn, American actor and director (president)
* Marjane Satrapi, Iranian-French author and director
* Rachid Bouchareb, Franco-Algerian director
* Sergio Castellitto, Italian actor and director
* Alfonso Cuaron, Mexican director
* Alexandra Maria Lara, German/Romanian actress
* Natalie Portman, Israeli-American actress
* Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai director

Un certain regard

* Fatih Akin, Turkish-German director (president)

Camera d'or

* Bruno Dumont, French director (president)

Cinefoundation and short films

* Hou Hsiao Hsien, Taiwanese director (president)
* Olivier Assayas, French director
* Susanne Bier, Danish director
* Marina Hands, French actress
* Laurence Kardish, American curator


*Palme d'Or - Laurent Cantet for "Entre les murs"
*Grand Prix - Matteo Garrone for "Gomorra"
*Prix de la mise en scène - Nuri Bilge Ceylan for "Üç Maymun"
*Prix du Jury - Paolo Sorrentino for "Il Divo"
*Prix du scénario - Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne for "Le Silence de Lorna")
*Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes - Sandra Corveloni in "Linha de Passe" directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas
*Prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival de Cannes - Benicio del Toro in "Che" directed by Steven Soderbergh
*Prix du 61ème anniversaire - ex aequo, Catherine Deneuve for "Un conte de Noël", and Clint Eastwood for "Changeling"
*Camera d'Or - Steve McQueen for "Hunger"
*Palme d'Or - Short Film - "Megatron" (film) directed by Marian Crişan [ [http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/ficheFilm/id/10803309/year/2008.html Festival de Cannes : Film details 2008] ]


External links

* [http://www.festival-cannes.com/index.php?langue=6002 Offical Cannes Festival Site (in English)]
* [http://gofrance.about.com/od/cannesfilmfestival/a/cannes-festival.htm Cannes Film Festival 2008 Coverage at About.com]
* [http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/archives/allSelections.html "Official Selection, Edition 2008"]

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