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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)
File:U2 Cannes 2007.jpg
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 Nights Wong Kar-wai United States
Closer The Age of Ignorance L'âge des ténèbres Denys Arcand Canada

Films in competition

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

Films out of competition

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Age of Ignorance L'âge des ténèbres Denys Arcand Canada
Boarding Gate Olivier Assayas France
Go Go Tales Abel Ferrara Italy
A Mighty Heart Michael Winterbottom United States
Ocean's Thirteen Steven Soderbergh United States
Sicko Michael Moore United States
To Each His Own Cinema Chacun son cinéma (various) France
Triangle 鐵三角
Tie saam gok
Tsui Hark, Ringo Lam and Johnnie To Hong Kong
U2 3D Catherine Owens and Mark Pellington United States

Un certain regard

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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  7. ^ "Posters 2007". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Preview: Acceptance in Cannes bestows prestige and honour
  9. ^ Cannes, India celebrate 60 years
  10. ^ Masand, Rajeev (20 May 2007). "Lage Raho ... is hot at Cannes". (CNN). Retrieved 20 May 2007. 
  11. ^ Adarsh, Taran (22 May 2007). "'Lage Raho Munnabhai' stuns Cannes". (IndiaFM). Retrieved 22 May 2007. 
  12. ^ a b Sinanan, Anil (24 May 2007). "The Sun Rises on the East". (London: The Times). Retrieved 24 May 2007. 
  13. ^ SCOTT, A. O. (February 1, 2008). "A Haircut, With an Affair and Highlights of Support". nytimes. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  14. ^ Brussat, Mary Ann. "Film Review". spiritualityandpractice. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Nadine Labaki Interview". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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