The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival took place in Cannes, France, from 15 to 26 May 2013. Steven Spielberg was the head of the jury for the main competition. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections. French actress Audrey Tautou hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. Actress Kim Novak was named guest of honour and introduced a new restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
The festival opened with The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and closed with Zulu, directed by Jérôme Salle. The film poster for the festival featured Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola, opened the Un Certain Regard section.
The French film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or. In an unprecedented move, the Jury decided to take "the exceptional step" of awarding the film's two main actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, with the Palme d'Or along with the director.
On the occasion of 100 Years of Indian Cinema, India was the Official Guest Country at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Seven Indian feature films were premiered among various sections on the festival. Actress Vidya Balan was one of the official Jury of the festival. The first Incredible India Exhibition, a joint participation of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Republic of India was inaugurated by Indian delegate Chiranjeevi.
The following films have been selected for the In Competition section:
Un Certain Regard
The following films have been selected in the Un Certain Regard section:
Out of Competition
The following films were selected to play out of competition:
- Gala Screening
- Midnight Screenings
- Jerry Lewis Tribute
- Special Screenings
The line-up for the Directors' Fortnight was announced at a press conference on 23 April with the following films being selected.
- Feature films
International Critics' Week
The line-up for the International Critics’ Week was announced on 22 April at the section's website. The following films were selected:
- Feature films
- Special Screenings
- Marché du Film
The Festival uses Cannes Classics to place the spotlight on rediscovered or restored masterworks from the past, or ones that have been re-released in theatres or on DVD.
|The Wagoner (1963)
||Joseph L. Mankiewicz
||United States, United Kingdom
|Hiroshima mon amour (1959)
|The Desert of the Tartars (1976)
||Il deserto dei Tartari
||Italy, France, Germany
|The Grande Bouffe (1973)
||La grande abbuffata
|Queen Margot (1994)
||La Reine Margot
|Le Joli Mai (1963)
||Le joli mai
||Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme
|The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)
||Les Parapluies de Cherbourg
|Lucky Luciano (1973)
|The Nail of Brightness (1975)
||Maynila: Sa Kuko ng mga Liwanag
|Purple Noon (1960)
|An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
||秋刀魚の味 Sanma no aji
|The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1974)
|The Last Detail (1973)
|The Last Emperor 3D (1987)
||China, United Kingdom, Italy
|Visions of Eight (1973)
||Miloš Forman, Claude Lelouch, Yuri Ozerov, Mai Zetterling, Kon Ichikawa, John Schlesinger, Arthur Penn, Michael Pfleghar
||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.
Steven Spielberg, president of the jury
- Un Certain Regard
Registration and accreditation tent for the 2013 Festival
- Caméra d'Or
- Cinéfondation and short films
The Palme d'Or was won by the French film Blue Is the Warmest Colour directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. In a first for the competition, the jury decided to award the Palme d'Or to Kechiche and the actresses who star in the film; Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a coming-of-age film that tells the story of a lesbian relationship between a 15-year-old girl and an older woman. It has shocked some critics with its graphic and controversial sex scenes. A reporter for the Radio France Internationale stated that Kechiche paid tribute to the "Tunisian revolution" and "the right to love freely" during his acceptance speech. The president of the jury, Steven Spielberg, said "The film is a great love story … We were absolutely spellbound by the two brilliant young actresses, and the way the director observed his young players." The Grand Prix was won by the Coen brothers's Inside Llewyn Davis, while Bruce Dern and Bérénice Bejo were awarded Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.
- In Competition
- Un Certain Regard
- Short Films
- Short Film Palme d'Or – Safe by Moon Byoung-gon
- Special Distinction Ex-aequo:
- Hvalfjordur (Whale Valley) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
- 37°4 S by Adriano Valerio
- Golden Camera
- Directors' Fortnight
- International Critics' Week
- Nespresso Grand Prize – Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza
- France 4 Visionary Award– Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza
- Special Mention – Los Dueños by Agustín Toscano and Ezequiel Radusky
- Discovery Award for short film - Come and Play by Daria Belova
- Canal+ Short Film Award - Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg
- FIPRESCI Prize
- Ecumenical Jury
- Prix François Chalais
- Queer Palm Jury
- Palm Dog Jury
- Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist
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