2008 Cannes Film Festival

2008 Cannes Film Festival

Official poster of the 61st Cannes Film Festival featuring a photo of model Anouk Marguerite and photographed by Pierre Collier.[1]
Opening film Blindness
Closing film What Just Happened
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (Entre les murs)
Hosted by Édouard Baer[2]
Number of films 22 (En Competition)[3]
20 (Un Certain Regard)
8 (Out of Competition)
17 (Cinéfondation)
7 (Special screening)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date 14 May 2008 (2008-05-14) – 25 May 2008 (2008-05-25)
Website festival-cannes.com/en

The 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 14 to 25 May 2008. In addition to films selected for competition this year, major Hollywood productions such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Kung Fu Panda had their world premieres at the festival.

The festival opened with Blindness,[4] directed by Fernando Meirelles and closed with What Just Happened, directed by Barry Levinson.[5] The film poster for the festival featured model Anouk Marguerite and photographed by Pierre Collier.[6] Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, opened the Un Certain Regard section.[7]

The British press reported the list of films in competition this year was notable for its absence of British films for the second successive year.[8][9]

Feature film competition

Festival line-up

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
OpenerBlindnessFernando MeirellesBrazil
CloserWhat Just HappenedBarry LevinsonUnited States

Films in competition[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
24 City二十四城记/二十四城記
Er shi si cheng ji
Jia ZhangkeChina
AdorationAtom EgoyanCanada
BlindnessFernando MeirellesBrazil
ChangelingClint EastwoodUnited States
Che (Part I: The Argentine and Part II: Guerilla)Steven SoderberghUnited States
A Christmas TaleUn conte de NoëlArnaud DesplechinFrance
The ClassEntre les mursLaurent CantetFrance
DeltaKornél MundruczóHungary
Il DivoPaolo SorrentinoItaly
Frontier of DawnLa frontière de l'aubePhilippe GarrelFrance
GomorrahGomorraMatteo GarroneItaly
The Headless Woman La mujer sin cabeza Lucrecia Martel Argentina
LeoneraPablo TraperoArgentina
Linha de PasseWalter Salles and Daniela ThomasBrazil
My MagicEric KhooSingapore
Palermo ShootingWim WendersGermany
ServiceSerbisBrillante MendozaPhilippines
Lorna's SilenceLe silence de LornaJean-Pierre and Luc DardenneBelgium
Synecdoche, New YorkCharlie KaufmanUnited States
Three MonkeysÜç MaymunNuri Bilge CeylanTurkey
Two LoversJames GrayUnited States
Waltz with Bashirואלס עם באשיר
Vals Am Bashir
Ari FolmanIsrael

Films out of competition

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Good, the Bad, the Weird좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈
Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom
Kim Jee-woonSouth Korea
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullSteven SpielbergUnited States
Kung Fu PandaJohn Stevenson and Mark OsborneUnited States
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaWoody AllenUnited States

Midnight screening

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Chaser 추격자 ChugyeogjaNa Hong-jinSouth Korea
Maradona Emir KusturicaSerbia
Surveillance Jennifer Chambers LynchUnited States

Special Screenings

Un certain regard

Competition shorts


International competition

Un certain regard

Director Clint Eastwood at the festival promoting Changeling

Camera d'or

Cinefondation and short films



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