Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

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Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
2014 Cannes Film Festival
Logo of the Jury œcuménique
Awarded for Honours works of quality which touch the spiritual dimension of our existence[1]
Location Cannes
Country France
Presented by Jury œcuménique at the Cannes Film Festival
First awarded 1974
Official website

The Prize of the Ecumenical Jury (French: Prix du Jury Œcuménique) is an independent film award for feature films at the Cannes Film Festival since 1974. The Ecumenical Jury (French: Jury Œcuménique) is one of three juries at the Cannes Film Festival, along with the official jury and the FIPRESCI jury. The award was created by Christian film makers, film critics and other film professionals. The objective of the award is to "honour works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes."[1] The ecumenical jury is composed of 6 members, who are nominated by SIGNIS for the Catholics and Interfilm for the Protestants.[2] SIGNIS and Interfilm also appoint ecumenical juries at other film festivals, including the Berlin International Film Festival, the Locarno International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[1]

Prize Winners[edit]

Since 1974, films from diverse countries have won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the Cannes Film Festival. Most films having won the award are from European countries, with Italy, Germany and Poland dominating. Andrei Tarkovsky is the only director to have won three times. Samira Makhmalbaf is the only woman who has won the award and, until Asghar Farhadi won the prize in 2013, she and her father Mohsen Makhmalbaf were the only winning directors from a predominantly Muslim country. Other countries that are not predominantly Christian that have won the award are Japan and the People's Republic of China. At the 2009 Cannes Film Festival the ecumenical jury gave its first anti-award to Lars von Trier's film Antichrist.[3]

Year Film Director Country
1974 Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Angst essen Seele auf) Rainer Werner Fassbinder  West Germany
1975 The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle) Werner Herzog  West Germany
1976 no award
1977 The Lacemaker (La dentellière) Claude Goretta  France
1978 The Tree of Wooden Clogs (L'albero degli zoccoli) Ermanno Olmi  Italy
1979 Without Anesthesia Andrzej Wajda  Poland
1979 Stalker (Сталкер) Andrei Tarkovsky  Soviet Union
1980 The Constant Factor (Constans) Krzysztof Zanussi  Poland
1981 Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza) Andrzej Wajda  Poland
1982 The Night of the Shooting Stars (La notte di San Lorenzo) Paolo and Vittorio Taviani  Italy
1983 Nostalghia Andrei Tarkovsky  Italy
1984 Paris, Texas Wim Wenders  West Germany
1985 The Official Story (La historia oficial) Luis Puenzo  Argentina
1986 The Sacrifice (Offret) Andrei Tarkovsky  Sweden
1987 Repentance (Monanieba) Tengiz Abuladze  Soviet Union
1988 A World Apart Chris Menges  United Kingdom
1989 Jesus of Montreal Denys Arcand  Canada
1990 Everybody's Fine (Stanno tutti bene) Giuseppe Tornatore  Italy
1991 The Double Life of Véronique Krzysztof Kieślowski  Poland
1992 The Stolen Children (Il ladro di bambini) Gianni Amelio  Italy
1993 Libera me Alain Cavalier  France
1994 To Live (活着 / Huozhe) Zhang Yimou  China
1994 Burnt by the Sun (Утомлённые солнцем / Utomlyonnye solntsem) Nikita Mikhalkov  Russia
1995 Land and Freedom Ken Loach  United Kingdom
1996 Secrets & Lies Mike Leigh  United Kingdom
1997 The Sweet Hereafter Atom Egoyan  Canada
1998 Eternity and a Day Theodoros Angelopoulos  Greece
1999 All About My Mother (Todo sobre mi madre) Pedro Almodóvar  Spain
2000 Eureka Shinji Aoyama  Japan
2001 Kandahar Mohsen Makhmalbaf  Iran
2002 The Man Without a Past (Mies vailla menneisyyttä) Aki Kaurismäki  Finland
2003 At Five in the Afternoon (Panj é asr) Samira Makhmalbaf  Iran
2004 The Motorcycle Diaries (Los diarios de motocicleta) Walter Salles  Argentina
2005 Hidden (Caché) Michael Haneke  France
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu  United States
2007 The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) Fatih Akın  Germany
2008 Adoration Atom Egoyan  Canada
2009 Looking for Eric Ken Loach  United Kingdom
2010 Of Gods and Men (Des hommes et des dieux) Xavier Beauvois  France
2011 This Must Be the Place Paolo Sorrentino  Italy
2012 The Hunt Thomas Vinterberg  Denmark
2013 The Past Asghar Farhadi  France
2014 Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako  France  Mauritania


  1. ^ a b c "Ecumenical Jury - 39th Year" (PDF). Ecumenical Jury. May 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  2. ^ Vaccaro, Pierre (2008-05-08). "Communiqué de presse - Le Jury oecumenique 2008" (PDF) (in French). Jury Œcuménique. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  3. ^ Stone, Jay (May 23, 2009). "Antichrist gets an anti-award in Cannes". National Post. Retrieved 2009-05-25. [dead link]

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