2010 Cannes Film Festival

63rd Cannes Film Festival

The festival's official poster featuring French actress Juliette Binoche[1]
Opening film Robin Hood
Closing film The Tree
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)
Hosted by Kristin Scott Thomas[2]
Number of films 19 (En Competition)[3]
19 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date 12–23 May 2010
Website Website

The 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 12 to 23 May 2010, in Cannes, France.[4][5] The Cannes Film Festival, hailed as being one of the most recognized and prestigious film festivals worldwide, was founded in 1946.[1][6][7] It consists of having films screened in and out of competition during the festival; films screened in competition compete for the Palme d'Or award. The award in 2010 was won by Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a Thai film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This was determined by the festival's jury members who reviewed films screened in competition. American film director Tim Burton was the president of the jury for the international competition, and other members of the jury for that competition included actors, screenwriters and composers, such as Kate Beckinsale, Emmanuel Carrère, Benicio del Toro, and Alexandre Desplat.[8][9] Other categories for films screened in competition that have their own separate juries for other awards are for Short Films and the Un Certain Regard category. Ridley Scott's Robin Hood opened the festival[10] and Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree was the closing film.[11] The full film lineup for the festival was announced on 15 April 2010.[12]

Agence France-Presse, Reuters, Associated Press and Getty TV boycotted the press conference that announced the line-up for the festival, due to a dispute over access to the red carpet.[13] In a press release, the agencies said that they "may be forced to suspend their presence at the festival altogether" if an agreement was not reached.[13] Days before the festival was to begin, concerns were expressed that attendees might be delayed, or would not attend, due to plane flights to surrounding areas in France being delayed or canceled due to volcanic ash in the sky.[14]

Festival line-up

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
OpenerRobin Hood[10]Ridley ScottUnited States
CloserThe Tree[11]Julie BertuccelliFrance, Australia

Palme d'Or


The Palme d'Or was won by the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.[15] It was the first time that an Asian movie won the award since 1997.[16] Tim Burton, chairman of the jury that determined the award, stated about its decision: "You always want to be surprised by films and this film did that for most of us."[17] French film Of Gods and Men was the runner up.[18] The Xavier Beauvois-directed film had been considered a favourite for the Palme d'Or along with Mike Leigh's Another Year.[19] During the ceremony special attention was paid to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi in hopes of increasing international pressure on the Iranian government to release Panahi from jail.

Films in competition

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or.[5][11]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
On Tour Tournée Mathieu Amalric France
Of Gods and Men Des hommes et des dieux Xavier Beauvois France
Outside the Law Hors-la-loi Rachid Bouchareb Algeria
Biutiful Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu Mexico
A Screaming ManUn homme qui crieMahamat Saleh Haroun France
The Housemaid 하녀 Ha-nyeo Im Sang-soo South Korea
Certified CopyCopie conforme Abbas Kiarostami France
Outrage アウトレイジ Takeshi Kitano Japan
Poetry Shi Lee Chang-dong South Korea
Another Year N/A Mike Leigh United Kingdom
Fair Game N/A Doug Liman United States
Route Irish N/A Ken Loach United Kingdom
My Joy Счастье моё Sergei Loznitsa Ukraine
Our Life La nostra vita Daniele Luchetti Italy
Burnt by the Sun 2 Утомлённые солнцем 2, Utomlyonnye solncem 2 Nikita Mikhalkov Russia
Tender Son – The Frankenstein Project SZELÍD TEREMTÉS – A Frankenstein Terv Kornél Mundruczó Hungary
The Princess of Montpensier La princesse de Montpensier Bertrand Tavernier France
Chongqing Blues 日照重慶 Wang Xiaoshuai China
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand

Un Certain Regard

The following films were screened in the Un Certain Regard category.[5]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Adrienn Pál Pál Adrienn Ágnes Kocsis Hungary
Aurora N/A Cristi Puiu Romania
Blue Valentine N/A Derek Cianfrance United States
Chatroom N/A Hideo Nakata United Kingdom
The City Below Unter dir die Stadt Christoph Hochhäusler Germany
Socialism Film Socialisme Jean-Luc Godard France
Hahaha 하하하 Hong Sang-soo South Korea
I Wish I Knew Hai Shang Chuan Qi Jia Zhangke China
Heartbeats Les amours imaginaires Xavier Dolan Canada
Life, Above All Life, Above All Oliver Schmitz South Africa
The Lips Los labios Iván Fund, Santiago Loza Argentina
October Octubre Daniel Vega, Diego Vega Peru
Lights Out Qu'est-il Arrivé à Simon Werner? Fabrice Gobert France
Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs) N/A Lodge Kerrigan United States, France
R U There N/A David Verbeek Netherlands, Taiwan
The Strange Case of Angelica O estranho caso de Angélica Manoel de Oliveira Portugal
Tuesday, After Christmas Marţi, după Crăciun Radu Muntean Romania
Flight Udaan Vikramaditya Motwane India
Carancho Carancho Pablo Trapero Argentina

Films out of competition

The following films were shown out of competition.[5]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger N/A Woody Allen United States
Kaboom N/A Gregg Araki United States
Carlos N/A Olivier Assayas France
The Tree N/A Julie Bertuccelli France, Australia
Tamara Drewe N/A Stephen Frears United Kingdom
Black Heaven L'Autre monde Gilles Marchand France
Robin Hood N/A Ridley Scott United States
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps N/A Oliver Stone United States
The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceaușescu Andrei Ujică Romania

Special screenings

The following films were shown as special screenings.[20]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
5 X Favela 5 X Favela, por nós mesmos Wagner Novais, Manaira Carneiro, Rodriga Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcelos and Luciana Bezerra Brazil
Abel N/A Diego Luna Mexico
N/A Chantrapas Otar Iosseliani France, Georgia
Countdown to Zero N/A Lucy Walker United States
Draquila – Italy Trembles Draquila - L'Italia che trema Sabina Guzzanti Italy
Gilles Jacob, Citizen Cannes Gilles Jacob, l'arpenteur de la croisette Serge Le Peron France
Inside Job N/A Charles H. Ferguson United States
The Pack La meute Franck Richard France, Belgium
Nostalgia for the Light Nostalgia de la luz Patricio Guzmán France, Chile
Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow N/A Sophie Fiennes United Kingdom

Short films

The following films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or.[21]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Barking Island Chienne d'histoire Serge Avédikian France
First Aid Ezra rishona Yarden Karmin Israel
Station Estação Marcia Faria Brazil
Muscles N/A Edward Housden Australia
Bathing Micky Micky bader Frida Kempff Sweden
To Swallow a Toad Jurģis Krāsons Latvia
Rosa N/A Monica Lairana Argentina
Maya Pedro Pío Martín Pérez Cuba
Blocks Blokes Marially Rivas Chile

Director's Fortnight

The documentary film Benda Bilili! about disabled Kinshasa street musicians Staff Benda Bilili had its world premiere at the festival, with the group in attendance and performing at the Director's Fortnight opening party.[22]


International competition

Cinéfondation and short films

Un Certain Regard


Mahamat-Saleh Haroun at the festival for his film A Screaming Man

The winners of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival were:


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