2011 Cannes Film Festival

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64th Cannes Film Festival
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Official poster of the 64th Cannes Film Festival featuring a 1970 photo of American actress Faye Dunaway
Opening film Midnight in Paris
Closing film The Beloved
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (The Tree of Life)
Hosted by Mélanie Laurent
Number of films 20 (In Competition)
21 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date 11 – 22 May 2011
Website

The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 May 2011.[1] American actor Robert De Niro served as the president of the jury for the main competition[2][3] and French filmmaker Michel Gondry headed the jury for the short film competition.[4] South Korean film director Bong Joon-ho was the head of the jury for the Caméra d'Or prize, which is awarded to the best first-time filmmaker.[5]

Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen, opened the festival.[6][7] Mélanie Laurent hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.[8]

Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or Award at the opening ceremony of the festival.[9] Gus Van Sant's Restless opened the Un Certain Regard section.[10] Jailed Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof were honoured at the festival.[11] Goodbye by Rasoulof and Panahi's This Is Not a Film was screened at the festival, and Panahi was awarded the Carrosse d'Or. Four female directors featured in the main competition: Australian Julia Leigh, Japan's Naomi Kawase, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay and France's own Maïwenn Le Besco.[12][13]

Danish film director Lars von Trier caused controversy with comments he made at the press conference of his film Melancholia. When he was asked about the relation between the influences of German Romanticism in the film and his own German heritage, the director made jokes about Jews and Nazis. He said he understood Adolf Hitler and admired the work of architect Albert Speer, and jokingly announced that he was a Nazi.[14] The Cannes Film Festival first issued an official apology for the remarks the same day and clarified that Trier is not a Nazi or an antisemite,[15] then declared the director "persona non grata" the following day.[16] The film remained in competition.[17]

Palme d'Or[edit]

Robert De Niro, president of the jury, during the festival.

Winner[edit]

The Palme d'Or was won by the American film The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick.[18] Two of the film's producers, Bill Pohlad and Sarah Green, accepted the prize on behalf of the reclusive Malick.[18][19] The Tree of Life is the first American film to win the Palme d'Or since Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004.[19] Head of the jury, Robert De Niro, said it was difficult to choose a winner, but The Tree of Life "ultimately fit the bill".[19] De Niro explained, "It had the size, the importance, the intention, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize."[19]


Official Selection[edit]

Cast and crew of The Source at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of the film

The following films were screened as part of the official selection:[20]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Opener Midnight in Paris (out of competition)[6] Woody Allen United States
Closer The Beloved (out of competition) Les Bien-aimés Christophe Honoré France

In Competition[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Skin I Live In La piel que habito Pedro Almodóvar Spain
House of Tolerance L'apollonide (Souvenirs de la maison close) Bertrand Bonello France
Pater N/A Alain Cavalier France
Footnote Hearat Shulayim Joseph Cedar Israel
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey
The Kid with a Bike Le Gamin au vélo Dardenne brothers Belgium
The Artist N/A Michel Hazanavicius France
Le Havre N/A Aki Kaurismäki Finland
Hanezu 朱花の月 / Hanezu No Tsuki Naomi Kawase Japan
Sleeping Beauty Julia Leigh Australia
Polisse N/A Maïwenn Le Besco France
The Tree of Life Terrence Malick United States
The Source La source des femmes Radu Mihăileanu France
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai 一命 / Ichimei Takashi Miike Japan
We Have a Pope Habemus Papam Nanni Moretti Italy
We Need to Talk About Kevin Lynne Ramsay United Kingdom
Michael N/A Markus Schleinzer Austria
This Must Be the Place N/A Paolo Sorrentino Italy, France, Ireland
Melancholia N/A Lars von Trier Denmark
Drive Nicolas Winding Refn United States

Un Certain Regard[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Hunter Охотник / Okhotnik Bakur Bakuradze Russia
Stopped on Track Halt auf freier Strecke Andreas Dresen Germany
Outside Satan Hors Satan Bruno Dumont France
Martha Marcy May Marlene Sean Durkin United States
The Snows of Kilimanjaro Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro Robert Guédiguian France
Beauty Skoonheid Oliver Hermanus South Africa
The Day He Arrives 북촌방향 / Bukchonbanghyang Hong Sang-soo South Korea
Bonsai Bonsái Cristián Jiménez Chile
Tatsumi N/A Eric Khoo Singapore
Arirang 아리랑 / Arirang Kim Ki-duk South Korea
Where Do We Go Now? هلق لوين؟ / Halla' Lawein? Nadine Labaki Lebanon
Loverboy N/A Cătălin Mitulescu Romania
The Yellow Sea 황해 / Hwanghae Na Hong-jin South Korea
Miss Bala N/A Gerardo Naranjo Mexico
Hard Labor Trabalhar Cansa Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra Brazil
Restless Gus Van Sant United States
The Minister L'Exercice de l'État Pierre Schöller France
Toomelah Ivan Sen Australia
Oslo, 31 August Oslo, 31. august Joachim Trier Norway
Elena Елена / Yelena Andrey Zvyagintsev Russia
Goodbye به امید دیدار Mohammad Rasoulof Iran

Out of Competition[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Midnight in Paris Woody Allen United States
The Conquest La Conquête Xavier Durringer France
The Beaver Jodie Foster United States
The Beloved Les Bien-aimés Christophe Honoré France
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Rob Marshall United States
Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told N/A Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Jeff Zimbalist India

Midnight Screenings[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Wu Xia Wu Xia Peter Chan Hong Kong
Days of Grace Dias de gracia Everardo Gout Mexico

Special Screenings[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
18 Days Tamantashar yom Ahmad Abdallah, Mariam Abou Ouf, Kamla Abu Zikri, Ahmed Alaa, Mohamed Ali, Sherif Arafa, Sherif El Bendary, Marwan Hamed, Khaled Marei and Yousry Nasrallah Egypt
Out of Bounds Labrador Frederikke Aspöck Denmark
No More Fear La khaoufa baada al'yaoum Mourad Ben Cheikh Tunisia
Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell Le Maître des forges de l'Enfer Rithy Panh France
Michel Petrucciani N/A Michael Radford France
Leader-Sheep Tous au Larzac Christian Rouaud France
The Big Fix Rebecca Tickell and Josh Tickell United States

Short Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Ghost 고스트 / Ghost Dahci Ma South Korea
Swimsuit 46 Badpakje 46 Wannes Destoop Belgium
Soy tan feliz N/A Vladimir Durán Argentina
Bear Nash Edgerton Australia
Cold Kjøttsår Lisa Marie Gamlem Norway
Meathead Sam Holst New Zealand
It Is Nothing Ce n'est rien Nicolas Roy Canada
Paternal Womb ふたつのウーテル Megumi Tazaki Japan
Cross Maryna Vroda France, Ukraine

Cinéfondation[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened in the Cinéfondation section, which focuses on short films made by students at film schools:[20]

English title Original title Director(s) School
Cagey Tigers N/A Aramisova FAMU, Czech Republic
Suu and Uchikawa Suu et Uchikawa Nathanael Carton NYU Asia, Singapore
The Trip A Viagem Simão Cayatte Columbia University, United States
On My Doorstep Befetach beity Anat Costi Bezalel Academy, Israel
The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit D. Jesse Damazo and Joe Bookman University of Iowa, United States
Bento Monogatari N/A Pieter Dirkx Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Belgium
The Letter Der Brief Doroteya Droumeva dffb, Germany
Duel Before Nightfall Duelo Antes da Noite Alice Furtado Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
Drari N/A Kamal Nazraq La Fémis, France
Salsipuedes N/A Mariano Luque National University of Córdoba, Argentina
The Wedding Party La fiesta de casamiente Gastón Margolin and Martín Morgenfeld Universidad del Cine, Argentina
Till Summer Comes L'estate che non viene Pasquale Marino Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
Big Muddy Jefferson Moneo Columbia University, United States
Martha Must Fly Al Martha lauf Ma'ayan Rypp Tel Aviv University, Israel
Fly by Night 야간비행 / Ya-gan-bi-hang Son Tae-gyum Chung-Ang University, South Korea
Changeling Der Wechselbalg Maria Steinmetz HFF Konrad Wolf, Germany

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened in the independent Directors' Fortnight section:[21]

Feature Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
La Fée N/A Dominique Abel, Bruno Romy and Fiona Gordon Belgium
The Silver Cliff O Abismo Prateado Karim Aïnouz Brazil
Code Blue N/A Urszula Antoniak Netherlands
Blue Bird N/A Gust Van Den Berghe Belgium
The Other Side of Sleep N/A Rebecca Daly Ireland
End of Silence La Fin du silence Roland Edzard France
Après le Sud N/A Jean-Jacques Jauffret France
Mushrooms Chatrak Vimukthi Jayasundara India
Return N/A Liza Johnson United States
The Island Ostrovat (Островът) Kamen Kalev Bulgaria
Sur la planche N/A Leila Kilani Morocco
Porfirio N/A Alejandro Landes Colombia
Les Géants The Giants Bouli Lanners Belgium
Breathing Atmen Karl Markovics Austria
Iris in Bloom En ville Valérie Mrejen and Bertrand Schefer France
Play N/A Ruben Östlund Sweden
The Silence of Joan Jeanne captive Philippe Ramos France
Corpo Celeste N/A Alice Rohrwacher Italy
Volcano N/A Runar Runarsson Iceland
Palawan Fate Busong Auraeus Solito Philippines
Impardonnables N/A André Téchiné France

Special Screenings[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
El velador N/A Natalia Almada United States
Les jeunes gens modernes N/A Jérôme de Missolz and Jean-François Sanz France
Guilty of Romance Koi no Tsumi Sion Sono Japan
Back Door Channels: The Price of Peace N/A Harry Hunkele United States
La nuit elles dansent N/A Isabelle Lavigne and Stéphane Thibault Canada

Short Films[edit]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Guidance of Reason La conduite de la Raison Aliocha France
Killing the chickens to Scare the Monkeys N/A Jens Assur Sweden
Anonymous (street meat) N/A Migdia Chinea United States
Dans le jardin du temps, portrait d’Ely et Nina Bielutin N/A Clément Cogitore France
Nuven N/A Basil Da Cuncha Chile
Demain, ça sera bien N/A Pauline Gay France
Armand 15 ans l’été dernier N/A Blaise Harrison France
Le songe de Poliphile N/A Camille Henrot France
Cigarette at Night N/A Duane Hopkins United Kingdom
Fourplay: Tampa N/A Henry Kyle United States
Boro in the Box N/A Bernard Mandico France
Las Palmas N/A Johannes Nyholm Sweden
Mila Caos N/A Simon Paetau Germany
Vice versa one N/A Sadat Shahrbanoo Afghanistan
Csicska N/A Attila Till Hungary

Juries[edit]

International competition[edit]

The jury for the International competition. From left to right: Johnnie To, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Nansun Shi, Martina Gusman, Robert De Niro, Linn Ullmann, Jude Law, Uma Thurman and Olivier Assayas

Un Certain Regard[edit]

Cinéfondation and short films[edit]

Camera d'Or[edit]

  • Bong Joon-ho, South Korean director (President)
  • Danièle Heyman, French critic
  • Eva Vezer, Hungarian Head of Magyar Filmunio
  • Robert Alazraki, French cinematographer
  • Daniel Colland, French manager of Cinedia laboratory
  • Jacques Maillot, French director
  • Alex Masson, French critic

Awards[edit]

Official Selection
Independent sections
Independent awards

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