The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 16 to May 27, 2012. Italian film director Nanni Moretti was the President of the Jury for the main competition and British actor Tim Roth was the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section. French actress Bérénice Bejo hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
The festival opened with the US film Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson and closed with the late Claude Miller's final film Thérèse Desqueyroux. The main announcement of the line-up took place on April 19. The official poster of the festival features Marilyn Monroe, to mark the 50th anniversary of her death.
The Palme d'Or was awarded to Austrian director Michael Haneke for his film Amour. Haneke previously won the Palme d'Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon. The jury gave the Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone's Reality, while Ken Loach's The Angels' Share was awarded the Jury Prize.
Official selection 
The official selection was announced on 19 April at Grand Hôtel in Paris. Among comments after the announcement, journalists noted the unusually high number of Hollywood films in the line-up, the absence of any female director in the main competition, as well as the absence of competing first-time feature film directors. The festival's artistic leader Thierry Frémaux responded that people should not focus only on the competition films: "The selection is an ensemble; you have to consider the whole package."
The following films were selected as In Competition:
|Moonrise Kingdom (opening film)
|Rust and Bone
||De rouille et d'os
|Killing Them Softly
||France, Germany, Austria
|In Another Country
||다른 나라에서, Da-Reun Na-Ra-e-Suh
|The Taste of Money
||돈의 맛, Donui Mat
|Like Someone in Love
|The Angels' Share
||United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy
|In the Fog
||В тумане, V tumane
||Germany, Russia, Latvia, Netherlands, Belarus
|Beyond the Hills
||Romania, France, Belgium
|After the Battle
||بعد الموقعة, Baad el Mawkeaa
|You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet!
||Vous n'avez encore rien vu
|Post Tenebras Lux
||Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands
|On the Road
||Sur la route
||Brazil, France, United Kingdom, United States
||Austria, Germany, France
Un Certain Regard 
The following films were screened in the Un Certain Regard section:
Out of Competition 
The following films were screened out of competition:
- Midnight Screenings
- 65th Anniversary
|Film Anniversary: A Special Day
||Le Film anniversaire : Une journée particulière - Histoire(s) de festival N°4
||Gilles Jacob, Samuel Faure
Special Screenings 
The following films were screened in the Special Screenings section:
Short Films 
Out of 4,500 submissions, the following films were selected for the short film competition:
|My Holy Glance
||Mi Santa Mirada
|This Way Before Me
||Ce Chemin Devant Moi
|Waiting for P.O. Box
||Falastein, sandouk al intezar lil burtuqal
||Chef de meute
||L. Rezan Yesilbas
The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following entries were selected, out of more than 1,700 submissions from 320 different schools:
|Behind Me Olive Trees
||Derrière moi les oliviers
||Pascale Abou Jamra
||Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
||La Fémis, France
||The Animation Workshop, Denmark
||FAMU, Czech Republic
||Sint-Lukas Brussels, Belgium
|The Camp in Răzoare
||Tabăra din Răzoare
|The Road to†
||Miguel Angel Moulet
|The Ballad of Finn + Yeti
||The Ballad of Finn + Yeti
|Head over Heels
||Head Over Heels
||NFTS, United Kingdom
||Matthew James Reilly
|Could See a Puma
||Pude ver un puma
Parallel sections 
Directors' Fortnight 
The line-up for the Directors' Fortnight was announced at a press conference on 24 April. The following films were selected:
- Feature films
|Ernest & Celestine
||Ernest et Célestine
||Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner
||France, Belgium, Luxembourg
||Argantina, Spain, Brazil
|Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram*
||Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram
|The We and the I
||The We and the I
||China, South Korea
|Gangs of Wasseypur
||Gangs of Wasseypur
||Chile, United States
||Adieu Berthe, l'enterrement de mémé
|Dream and Silence
||Sueño y silencio
|Night Across the Street
||La noche de enfrente
||Uruguay, Germany, Argentina
||Colombia, France, Mexico
|The King of Pigs*
||돼지의 왕, Dae-gi-eui-wang
- Short films
International Critics' Week 
The line-up for the International Critics’ Week was announced on 23 April at the section's website. The feature competition consists entirely of directorial debuts, something the section's artistic director Charles Tesson stressed was not intentional, but only the way it turned out when the submissions had been judged by quality. The following films were selected:
- Feature films
- Short and medium length films
- Special Screenings
||Directorial debut feature; eligible for the Caméra d'Or
||Winner of the main award for best film in its section
|The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.
The main competition jury; from left to right: Alexander Payne, Andrea Arnold, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hiam Abbass, Emmanuelle Devos, Raoul Peck, Diane Kruger, Nanni Moretti, Ewan McGregor, and festival president Gilles Jacob
Nanni Moretti, head of the main competition jury
- Un Certain Regard
- Cinéfoundation and short films
Official selection 
- In Competition
The Palme d'Or was won by the French-language film Amour directed by Michael Haneke. Haneke previously won the award for The White Ribbon in 2009. Love tells the story of an elderly couple preparing for death. During his acceptance speech, the director said "A very, very big thanks to my actors who have made this film. It's their film. They are the essence of this film."
Moretti said that none of the winners had been selected unanimously, and described such an outcome as "a middle ground that would have pleased no one". He revealed that Holy Motors, Paradise: Love and Post Tenebras Lux were the entries that most had divided the jury.
- Un Certain Regard
- Short Films
- 1st Prize – The Road to by Taisia Igumentseva
- 2nd Prize – Abigail by Matthew James Reilly
- 3rd Prize – The Hosts by Miguel Angel Moulet
- Golden Camera
Parallel sections 
- Directors' Fortnight
- Critics' Week
Independent awards 
- FIPRESCI Prize
- Ecumenical Jury
- Prize of the Youth Jury
- Queer Palm Jury
- Palm Dog Jury
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