2007 Cannes Film Festival

2007 Cannes Film Festival

Official poster of the 60th Cannes Film Festival featuring Pedro Almodóvar, Juliette Binoche, Jane Campion, Souleymane Cissé, Penélope Cruz, Gérard Depardieu, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and Wong Kar Wai and photographed by Alex Majoli.[1]
Opening film My Blueberry Nights
Closing film The Age of Ignorance
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days)
Hosted by Diane Kruger[2]
Number of films 22 (En Competition)[3]
20 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Out of Competition)
16 (Cinéfondation)
11 (Special screenings)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date 16 May 2007 (2007-05-16) – 27 May 2007 (2007-05-27)
Website festival-cannes.com/en
U2 perform at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, prior to the screening of U2 3D

The 2007 Cannes Film Festival, the sixtieth, ran from 16 to 27 May 2007. Wong Kar-wai's My Blueberry Nights opened the festival,[4] and Denys Arcand's The Age of Ignorance closed [5] (Wong was the 2006 Cannes Film Festival's Jury president). The President of the Official Jury was British director Stephen Frears.[6]

Feature film competition

Festival line-up

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Opener My Blueberry NightsWong Kar-waiUnited States
Closer The Age of IgnoranceL'âge des ténèbresDenys ArcandCanada

Films in competition

English title Original title Director(s) Country
4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days4 luni, 3 săptămâni şi 2 zileCristian MungiuRomania
AleksandraAlexander SokurovRussia
The BanishmentИзгнание
Andrey ZvyagintsevRussia
Kim Ki-dukSouth Korea
Death ProofQuentin TarantinoUnited States
The Diving Bell and the ButterflyLe scaphandre et le papillonJulian SchnabelFrance
The Edge of HeavenAuf der anderen SeiteFatih AkınGermany
Import ExportUlrich SeidlAustria
The Last MistressUne vieille maîtresseCatherine BreillatFrance
Love SongsLes chansons d'amourChristophe HonoréFrance
The Man from LondonA londoni férfiBéla TarrHungary
The Mourning Forest殯の森
Mogari no mori
Naomi KawaseJapan
My Blueberry NightsWong Kar-waiHong Kong
No Country for Old MenJoel and Ethan CoenUnited States
Paranoid ParkGus Van SantUnited States
PersepolisMarjane Satrapi and Vincent ParonnaudFrance
Promise Me ThisЗавет
Emir KusturicaSerbia
Secret Sunshine밀양
Lee Chang-dongSouth Korea
Silent LightStellet lichtCarlos ReygadasMexico
TehilimRaphael NadjariFrance
We Own the NightJames GrayUnited States
ZodiacDavid FincherUnited States

Films out of competition

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Age of IgnoranceL'âge des ténèbresDenys ArcandCanada
Boarding GateOlivier AssayasFrance
Go Go TalesAbel FerraraItaly
A Mighty HeartMichael WinterbottomUnited States
Ocean's ThirteenSteven SoderberghUnited States
SickoMichael MooreUnited States
To Each His Own Cinema Chacun son cinéma (various) France
Tie saam gok
Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie ToHong Kong
U2 3DCatherine Owens and Mark PellingtonUnited States

Un certain regard

2007 Un Certain Regard poster by Italian comics artist Enrico Marini.[7]

Midnight screenings

Special screenings

60th anniversary tributes

Cannes Classics — Documentaries on Cinema

Competition shorts


International competition

Un certain regard

Camera d'or

Cinefondation and short films

Tous Les Cinemas du Monde

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.[8][9]


The first two days of this program were devoted entirely to the cinema of India and included films in a number of different languages. The Hindi film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, which screened on 19 May (with Bollywood superstar, Sanjay Dutt, as a Mumbai underworld don, who begins to see the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi), was particularly well received.[10][11] In addition, a Maniratnam film, Guru, (starring Abhishek Bachchan, Madhavan and Aishwarya Rai and loosely based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani; Bachchan also made a cameo appearance in Lage Raho Munna Bhai) was also a "critical success".[12] Other films included the Hindi film Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal starring John Abraham and Bipasha Basu, Dharm, the Malayalam film Saira, Missed Call, the Tamil film Veyil, and the Bengali film Dosar.[12] Another Tamil language Indian film, Mozhi was shown in the non-prize category at a later date.


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 everday 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.[13][14] Reminiscent of an 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.[15]



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  8. Preview: Acceptance in Cannes bestows prestige and honour
  9. Cannes, India celebrate 60 years
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  11. Adarsh, Taran (22 May 2007). "'Lage Raho Munnabhai' stuns Cannes". indiafm.com. IndiaFM. Retrieved 22 May 2007.
  12. 1 2 Sinanan, Anil (24 May 2007). "The Sun Rises on the East". timesonline.co.uk. London: The Times. Retrieved 24 May 2007.
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