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The 2004 Cannes Film Festival

By France in London
24/05/2004

Palme D'Or Best Director Best Actor BestActress Best Scenario
Farenheit 9/11
by
Michael Moore
Tony Gatlif for Exils Yagira Yuyapour
for Nobody Knows by Kore-Eda Hirokazu
Maggie Cheung
for Clean
by Olivier Assayas
Comme une Image
by Agnès Jaoui
and Jean-Pierre Bacri
Caméra D'Or Palme D'Or For the best short film Jury Prize For short film making The Grand Prize The Jury Prize
Mon trésor
by
Keren Yedaya
Trafic
by
Cataline Mitulescu
Flatlife
by
Jonas Geirnaert
Old Boy
by
Park Chan-Wook
Ex.aequo
The actress Irma P. Hall
in Ladykillers
and Tropical Malady
by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
Special credits: Passage of Young Chao and Bitter Dream of Mohsen Ameryoussefi
Affiche de Festival de Cannes 2004 This year's members of the jury were: Quentin Tarantino - President, Emmanuelle Béart, Edwidge Danticat, Tilda Swinton, Kathleen Turner, Benoît Poelvoorde, Jerry Schatzberg, Tsui Hark, Peter Von Bagh.

The Italian actress, Laura Morante, presented the opening ceremony. The first film shown was `La Mauvaise Education' of the Espagnol director, Pedro Almodovar. This film was not competing. The director dedicated the ceremony to the victims of the Madrid terrorist attack.

The closing week-end began on Saturday 22nd May with the award ceremony. The President, Quentin Tarantino, announced the winners. It is worth pointing out that Michael Moore's movie was given a real ovation when for no less than 15 minutes people clapped. Making it one of the most acclaimed movies ever at the Festival.

Historic of the Cannes Festival
In 1936, the French Government decided to create the `Festival International du Film. Cannes was picked for both its weather and its beauty. Due to the war the first festival was differed and it finally opened for the first time in 1946. "It is then much more informal and everyone leaves with a prize." `The spirit of the Festival de Cannes is one of friendship and universal cooperation. Its aim is to reveal and focus attention on works of quality in order to contribute to the progress of the motion picture arts and to encourage the development of the film industry throughout the world.' (Article one)
Palais des Festivals à Cannes

At first the Festival is an occasion for a few hundred participants to see and be seen. They attend parties in the palaces of the Croisette and in the villas around Cannes. The Festival quickly becomes the annual `rendez-vous' of the cinema industry. Participants find in the Festival a unique opportunity to meet, to show their projects and close deals with people from all over the world. Their number is constantly growing.
From 1972, the Festival becomes international and films can be selected from all around the world. The Cannes Festival has succeeded in establishing itself as the main industry event. When a film is presented in Cannes, it can be assure to get an instant international status thanks to all the media attending the Festival.

The Cannes Festival is more covered than ever by the media. Today it has, more than 3000 journalists, 30,000 participants and a 9 to 10 millions euros budget.

A Noter
French cinema was represented by `Comme une Image', a film of the actress-director Agnès Jaoui. The main actress is Lolita Cassard (Marilou Berry), a young woman who has a passion for singing and who suffers because of her appearance and feels misunderstood. Many people around her are also in the same crisis mode: Her father Etienne (Jean Pierre Bacri) is a self centred writer who does not give the light of day to Lolita, her singing teacher, Sylvia Miller (Agnès Jaoui), who has doubts both about herself and about her student's talent, and Sylvia's husband Pierre Miller (Laurent Grevill) also a writer in search for success.
Agnès Jaoui has based this film on her personal experience. As a teenager, she often a lost her self-confidence. Agnès Jaoui worked once again with her husband Jean-Pierre Bacri. As in past films, Music has once again an important part. The film touches on issues critical for a couple such as social and intellectual hypocrisy . With this film, Marilou Berry, Josiane Balasko's daughter, starts her acting career.

To find out more www.festival-cannes.fr

     
Films in competition :

2046 by WONG Kar-wai
CARNETSDE VOYAGE by Walter SALLES
CLEAN by Olivier ASSAYAS
COMME UNE IMAGE by Agnès JAOUI
EXILS by Tony GATLIF
FAHRENHEIT 911 by Michael MOORE
INNOCENCE by OSHII Mamoru
LA FEMME EST L'AVENIR DE L'HOMME by HONG Sangsoo
LA SAINTE FILLE by Lucrecia MARTEL
LA VIE EST UN MIRACLE by Emir KUSTURICA
LADYKILLERS by Ethan COEN, Joel COEN
LES CONS�QUENCES DE L'AMOUR by Paolo SORRENTINO
MONDOVINO by Jonathan NOSSITER
NOBODY KNOWS by KORE-EDA Hirokazu
OLD BOY by PARK Chan-wook
SHREK 2 by Andrew ADAMSON, Kelly ASBURY, Conrad VERNON
THE EDUKATORS by Hans WEINGARTNER
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS by Stephen HOPKINS
TROPICAL MALADY by Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL

COMMENTS:

03/07/2012 - eva.stanovska said :

Je me dis que tu aimes quand meme te faire mal : LA POSSIBILITE D'UNE ILE, LE DERNIER REPAS (perso, je ne sais pas ce que c'est), LA RONDE DE NUIT, MUSEE HAUT MUSEE BAS... Evitable de la bande annonce ! Si tu veux, je te donne une bonne gifle (ou un sonmifere) avant et l'annee prochaine, ceux-la, tu les evites ;-) !Et THE DEAD GIRL sera dans mon Top 15 ! Et ouais !Et pour INDY 4, je suis pas d'accord mais je respecte ;-) !

16/05/2011 - n.guerin said :

Home run! Great sluggnig with that answer!

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