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2007 Cannes Film Festival

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2007 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 60th Cannes Film Festival.[1]
Opening filmMy Blueberry Nights
Closing filmDays of Darkness
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or:
4 Months,3 Weeks and 2 Days
Hosted byDiane Kruger
No. of films22 (In Competition)[2]
20 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Out of Competition)
16 (Cinéfondation)
11 (Special Screenings)
11 (Short Films Competition)
Festival date16 May 2007 (2007-05-16) – 27 May 2007 (2007-05-27)
Cannes Film Festival

The 60th Cannes Film Festival ran from 16 to 27 May 2007. The President of the Jury was British director Stephen Frears.[3] Twenty two films from twelve countries were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. The awards were announced on 26 May. Romanian film 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, directed by Cristian Mungiu, was awarded with the Palme.[4][5]

The festival Opening Film was My Blueberry Nights, directed by Wong Kar-wai,[6] while Days of Darkness, directed by Denys Arcand was the Closing Film.[7] German actress Diane Kruger was the mistress of ceremonies.[8]

The official poster of the 60th Cannes festival featured Pedro Almodóvar, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Souleymane Cissé, Penélope Cruz, Gérard Depardieu, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Wong Kar-wai, all photographed by Alex Majoli.

2007 Un Certain Regard poster by Italian comics artist Enrico Marini.[9]


Main Competition[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2007 Official Selection:[10]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

Cinéfondation and Short Films Competition[edit]

Caméra d'Or[edit]

Official Selection[edit]

In Competition[edit]

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[2]

English title Original title Director(s) Production Country
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days 4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zile Cristian Mungiu Romania
Aleksandra Александра Alexander Sokurov Russia
The Banishment Изгнание Andrey Zvyagintsev
Breath Kim Ki-duk South Korea
Death Proof Quentin Tarantino United States
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Le scaphandre et le papillon Julian Schnabel France, United States
The Edge of Heaven Auf der anderen Seite Fatih Akın Germany, Turkey
Import/Export Ulrich Seidl Austria
The Last Mistress Une vieille maîtresse Catherine Breillat France, Italy
Love Songs Les chansons d'amour Christophe Honoré France
The Man from London A londoni férfi Béla Tarr Hungary, France, Germany
The Mourning Forest 殯の森 Naomi Kawase Japan
My Blueberry Nights (opening film) Wong Kar-wai China, France, Hong Kong, United States
No Country for Old Men Joel and Ethan Coen United States
Paranoid Park Gus Van Sant United States, France
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi & Vincent Paronnaud France, Iran
Promise Me This Завет Emir Kusturica Serbia
Secret Sunshine 밀양 Lee Chang-dong South Korea
Silent Light Stellet licht Carlos Reygadas Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany
Tehilim Raphaël Nadjari Israel, France
We Own the Night James Gray United States
Zodiac David Fincher

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[2]

English Title Original Title Director(s) Production Country
Actrices Valeria Bruni Tedeschi France
And Along Come Tourists Am Ende kommen Touristen Robert Thalheim Germany
The Band's Visit ביקור התזמורת Eran Kolirin Israel, France, United States
Blind Mountain 盲山 Li Yang China
California Dreamin' California Dreamin' (nesfârșit) Cristian Nemescu Romania
Calle Santa Fe Carmen Castillo Chile
Et toi, t'es sur qui? Lola Doillon France
Flight of the Red Balloon Le voyage du ballon rouge Hou Hsiao-hsien France, Taiwan
Magnus Kadri Kõusaar Estonia, United Kingdom
My Brother Is an Only Child Mio fratello è figlio unico Daniele Luchetti Italy
Mister Lonely Harmony Korine United Kingdom, France, Ireland, United States
Munyurangabo Lee Isaac Chung Rwanda, United States
Night Train 夜車 Diao Yinan China
Pleasure Factory 快乐工厂 Ekachai Uekrongtham Singapore, Thailand
The Pope's Toilet El Baño del Papa Enrique Fernandez and César Charlone Uruguay, Brazil, France
Solitary Fragments La soledad Jaime Rosales Spain
A Stray Girlfriend Una novia errante Ana Katz Argentina
Terror's Advocate L'Avocat de la terreur Barbet Schroeder France
Water Lilies Naissance des Pieuvres Céline Sciamma
You, the Living Du levande Roy Andersson Sweden, France, Denmark, Germany, Norway

Out of Competition[edit]

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[2]

Special Screenings[edit]

The following films were screened specially for the 60th Festival.[2]


The following short films were selected for the competition of Cinéfondation:[2]

  • A Reunion by Sung-Hoon Hong
  • Aditi singh by Mickael Kummer
  • Ahora todos parecen contentos by Gonzalo Tobal
  • Berachel bitha haktana by Efrat Corem
  • Chinese Whispers by Raka Dutta
  • For the Love of God by Joe Tucker
  • Goyta by Joanna Jurewicz
  • Halbe Stunden by Nicolas Wackerbarth
  • Minus by Pavle Vuckovic
  • Mish'olim by Hagar Ben-Asher
  • Neostorozhnost by Alexander Kugel
  • Rondo by Marja Mikkonen
  • Ru Dao by Tao Chen
  • Saba by Thereza Menezes, Gregorio Graziosi
  • Triple 8 Palace by Alexander Ku
  • Vita di Giacomo by Luca Governatori

Short film Competition[edit]

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[2]

  • Ah Ma by Anthony Chen (Singapore)
  • Ark by Grzegorz Jonkajtys (Poland)
  • The Last 15 by Antonio Campos (United States)
  • Looking Glass by Erik Rosenlund (Sweden)
  • My Dear Rosseta by Yang Hae-hoon (South Korea)
  • My Sister by Marco Van Geffen (Netherlands)
  • The Oates' Valor by Tim Thaddeus Cahill United States)
  • Resistance aux tremblements by Olivier Hems (France)
  • Run by Mark Albiston (New Zealand)
  • Gia to onoma tou spourgitiou by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus)
  • Ver Llover by Elisa Miller (Mexico)

Cannes Classics[edit]

Cannes Classics places the spotlight on documentaries about cinema[11] and restored masterworks from the past.[12]

Documentaries about Cinema

Restored prints

Parallel Sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following films were screened for the 46th International Critics' Week (46e Semaine de la Critique):[14]

Feature film competition

Short Films Competition

Special Screenings

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

The following films were screened for the 2007 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[15]

Tous Les Cinemas du Monde[edit]

Tous Les Cinemas du Monde (World Cinema) began in 2005 to showcase films from a variety of different countries. From 19 May to 25 May 2007, films were screened from India, Lebanon, Poland, Kenya, Guinea, Angola, Slovenia, and Colombia.[16][17]


The first two days of this program held during 19 May to 25 May 2007 featured special screening of Indian films; Saira (2005), Missed Call (2005), Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), Dosar (2006), Veyil, (2006), Guru (2007), Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007), and Dharm (2007).[18]


Debuting at the Director's Fortnight was Nadine Labaki's Caramel, a charming dramedy about five women who gather at a beauty salon and deal with their everyday problems with men, social expectation, sexuality, and tradition vs. modernizing times. Labaki not only directed and co-wrote the film but plays the lead as well. The rest of the cast is composed mostly of unprofessional actors, all of whom deliver very convincing performances and add a lot of color and depth to the film.[19][20] Reminiscent of a Pedro Almodóvar picture, Caramel is unique not just for its technical and creative sophistication but also for not tackling any of the religious, political, or war-related issues that have continued to plague its setting, Lebanon, til now. The film proved to be a sleeper at the festival and was distributed in well over 40 countries, becoming an international hit.[21]

Stephen Frears, Jury President

Official Awards[edit]

Cristian Mungiu, Palme d'Or winner
Naomi Kawase, Gran Prix winner
U2 perform at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, prior to the screening of U2 3D

In Competition[edit]

The following films and people received the 2007 Official selection awards:[22]

Un Certain Regard[edit]


  • First Prize: Ahora todos parecen contentos by Gonzalo Tobal
  • Second Prize: Ru Dao by Tao Chen
  • Third Prize: Minus by Pavle Vuckovic

Caméra d'Or[edit]

Short Films Competition[edit]

Independent Awards[edit]

FIPRESCI Prizes[edit]

Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist[edit]

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

CICAE Jury Cannes[edit]

Prix François Chalais[edit]


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