2002 Cannes Film Festival

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2002 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 55th Cannes Film Festival.[1]
Opening filmHollywood Ending
Closing filmAnd Now... Ladies
and Gentlemen
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (The Pianist)[2]
Hosted byVirginie Ledoyen
No. of films22 (En Competition)[3]
22 (Un Certain Regard)
17 (Out of Competition)
16 (Cinéfondation)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date15 May 2002 (2002-05-15) – 26 May 2002 (2002-05-26)

The 55th Cannes Film Festival started on 15 May and ran until 26 May 2002. The Palme d'Or went to the Polish-French-German-British co-produced film The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski.[4][5][6][7]

The festival opened with Hollywood Ending, directed by Woody Allen[8] and closed with And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen, directed by Claude Lelouch.[9][10][11] Virginie Ledoyen was the mistress of ceremonies.[12]

Director Woody Allen was also presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or given to a director who had achieved a notable body of work but who had never won a competitive Palme d'Or.[13]


David Lynch, Jury President
Anne Fontaine, Un Certain Regard Jury President

Main competition[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2002 Official Selection:[15]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2002 Un Certain Regard:

  • Anne Fontaine (director) President
  • David Tran (critic)
  • Fabienne Bradfer (critic)
  • Fabrice Pliskin (critic)
  • Jean-Sébastien Chauvin (critic)
  • Louis Guichard (critic)
  • Pierre Vavasseur (critic)

Cinéfondation and short films[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the Cinéfondation and short films competition:

Camera d'Or[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2002 Camera d'Or:

Official selection[edit]

In competition - Feature film[edit]

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[3]

Films out of competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[3]


The following short films were selected for the competition of Cinéfondation:[3]

  • 17 minute intarziere by Catalin Mitulescu (Romania)
  • Chogyeoul Jumshim by Byung-Hwa Kang (South Korea)
  • Honey Moon by Sung-Jin Park (South Korea)
  • K-G I Nod Och Lust by Jens Jonsson (Sweden)
  • Khoj by Tridib Poddar (India)
  • La derniere journee d'Alfred Maassen by David Lammers (Netherlands)
  • La mort en exil by Ayten Mutlu Saray (Switzerland)
  • P.S. by Arni Asgeirsson (Poland)
  • Um Sol Alaranjado by Eduardo Valente (Brazil)
  • Questions d'un ouvrier mort by Aya Somech (Israel)
  • Request by Jinoh Park (South Korea)
  • Seule maman a les yeux bleus by Eric Forestier (France)
  • Shearing by Eicke Bettinga (United Kingdom)
  • Soshuu no neko by Masaaki Uchida (Japan)
  • The Look Of Happiness by Marianela Maldonado (United Kingdom)
  • Vals by Edgar Bartenev (Russia)

Short film competition[edit]

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

Parallel sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following films were screened for the 41st International Critics' Week (41e Semaine de la Critique):[16]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

  • Le Jour où je suis né by Kunitoshi Manda (Japan)
  • Lettre au fils by Philippe Welsh (France)
  • Malcom by Baker Karim (Sweden)
  • Meeting Evil (Möte med ondskan) by Reza Parsa (Sweden)
  • 2 Minutes (2 Minutter) by Jacob Tschernia (Denmark)
  • Le Vigile by Frédéric Pelle (France)
  • From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two (De Mesmer, con amor o Té para dos) by Salvador Lubezki & Alejandro Lubezki (Mexico)

Special screenings

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were screened for the 2002 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[17]

Short films
  • A-20 by Geoff Hughes, Brad Warren (United States)
  • Après l’enfance by Thomas Lilti (France)
  • Bang Nhau… Egaux by Stéfan Sao Nélet (France)
  • Bob the slob by Nate Theis (United States)
  • Bus 44 by Dayyan Eng (Hong Kong, United States)
  • L’Arrivée by Peter Tscherkassky (Austria)
  • Comme ça j’entends la mer by Hélène Milano (France)
  • Comme un seul homme by Jean-Louis Gonnet (France)
  • Deux cents dirham] by Laila Marrakchi (France, Morocco)
  • Entering indifference by Vincent Dieutre (France)
  • Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty by Soopum Sohn (South Korea, United States)
  • Insomniac by Matt Woo], Vanja Varasac (United States)
  • La Vie sur un fil by Steven Lippman (United States)
  • Mémoires incertaines by Michale Boganim (France, United Kingdom)
  • Mexicano by Toby McDonald (United Kingdom)
  • Muno by Bouli Lanners (Belgium)
  • Next Door by Jeff Rich (United States)
  • Présent inachevé by Johan Van der Keuken (Netherlands)
  • Phantom by Matthias Müller (Germany)
  • Portraits filmés 2002 by Valérie Mréjen (France)
  • Samson by Graham Dubose (United States)
  • The Girl in the Red Dress by Aletta Collins (United Kingdom)


Roman Polanski, Palme d'Or winner
Aki Kaurismäki, Gran Prix winner

Official awards[edit]

The following films and people received the 2002 Official selection awards:[2][4][5]

Un Certain Regard


Golden Camera

Short Films

1939 Palme d'Or[edit]

The inaugural Cannes Film Festival was to have been held in 1939, but was cancelled by the outbreak of the Second World War. The organizers of the 2002 festival assembled a jury of six members, including Dieter Kosslick and Alberto Barbera, to watch seven of the twelve features which had been entered in the 1939 competition, namely: Goodbye, Mr. Chips, La piste du nord, Lenin in 1918, The Four Feathers, The Wizard of Oz, Union Pacific, and Boefje. Union Pacific was retrospectively voted the winner of the 1939 Palme d'Or.[19]

Independent awards[edit]

FIPRESCI Prizes[20][21]

Ecumenical Jury[22][5]

Award of the Youth[5]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[23]

Awards in the frame of Directors' Fortnight[18]

Association Prix François Chalais


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