2009 Cannes Film Festival

62nd Cannes Film Festival

The poster shows a still from the film L'Avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni.[1]
Opening film Up
Closing film Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (The White Ribbon)
Hosted by Édouard Baer[2]
Number of films 20 (En Competition)[3]
19 (Un Certain Regard)[4]
9 (Short Film)[5]
Festival date 13–24 May 2009
Website http://www.festival-cannes.com

The 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 May – 24 May 2009. French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury.[6] It was announced on 19 March 2009, that Pixar's film Up would open the festival.[7] This marked the first time that an animated film or a film in 3-D opened the festival.

American director Clint Eastwood became the second recipient of the Honorary Palme d'Or, an award given to directors who had established a significant body of work without ever winning a competitive Palme d'Or.[8]

Festival line-up

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
OpenerUp *Pete Docter and Bob PetersonUnited States
CloserCoco Chanel & Igor StravinskyJan KounenFrance
* First animated film ever to open the festival.

Films in competition

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or.[3]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Antichrist Lars von Trier Denmark
Bright Star Jane Campion United Kingdom
Broken Embraces Los abrazos rotos Pedro Almodóvar Spain
Butchered Kinatay Brillante Mendoza Philippines
Enter the VoidSoudain le videGaspar Noé France
Face Visage Tsai Ming-liang Taiwan
Fish Tank Andrea Arnold United Kingdom
Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino United States
In the Beginning À l'origine Xavier Giannoli France
Looking for Eric Ken Loach United Kingdom
Map of the Sounds of Tokyo Mapa de los sonidos de Tokyo Isabel Coixet Spain
A Prophet Un prophèteJacques Audiard France
Spring Fever 春风沉醉的晚上 Chūn fēng chén zuì de wǎn shàng Lou Ye China
Taking Woodstock Ang Lee United States
Thirst 박쥐 Bakjwi Park Chan-wook South Korea
The Time That Remains الزمن الباقي Elia Suleiman Palestine
Wild Grass Les herbes folles Alain Resnais France
Vincere Marco Bellocchio Italy
Vengeance 復仇 Johnnie To Hong Kong
The White Ribbon Das weiße Band Michael Haneke Austria

Un Certain Regard

The following films competed in the Un Certain Regard section:[4]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Adrift À DerivaHeitor Dhalia Brazil
Air Doll Kūki Ningyō Hirokazu Koreeda Japan
Dogtooth Kynodontas Yorgos Lanthimos Greece
Eyes Wide Openעיניים פקוחות Haim Tabakman Israel
The Father of My Children Le père de mes enfants Mia Hansen-Løve France
Independence Independencia Raya Martin Philippines
Irene Alain Cavalier France
Mother 마더 Bong Joon-ho South Korea
No One Knows About Persian Cats کسی از گربه های ایرانی خبر نداره Bahman Ghobadi Iran
Nymph Nang Mai Pen-Ek Ratanaruang Thailand
Police, Adjective Poliţist, Adjectiv Corneliu Porumboiu Romania
PreciousPrecious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire Lee Daniels United States
Samson and Delilah Warwick Thornton Australia
The Silent Army Wit Licht Jean van de Velde Netherlands
Tale in the Darkness Skazka pro temnotu Nikolay Khomeriki Russia
Tales from the Golden Age Amintiri din epoca de aur Cristian Mungiu, Hanno Höfer, Constantin Popescu, and Ioana Uricaru Romania
To Die like a Man Morrer Como Um Homem João Pedro Rodrigues Portugal
Tomorrow at Dawn Demain dès l'aube Denis Dercourt France
Tsar Царь Pavel Lungin Russia
The Wind Journeys Los viajes del viento Ciro Guerra Colombia

Films out of competition

The following films were shown out of competition:[9]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Agora Alejandro Amenábar Spain
The Army of Crime L'armée du crime Robert Guédiguian France
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky Jan Kounen France
Don't Look Back Ne te retourne pas Marina de Van France
Drag Me to Hell Sam Raimi United States
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Terry Gilliam United Kingdom
A Town Called Panic Panique au village Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar Belgium, France, Luxembourg
Up Pete Docter United States

Special screenings

The following films were given a special screening:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Ashes and Blood Cendres et sang Fanny Ardant France
Jaffa Keren Yedaya Israel
The Thorn in the Heart L'épine dans le coeur Michel Gondry France
Manila Adolfo Alix, Jr., Raya Martin Philippines
Tell Me Who You Are Min Ye Souleymane Cissé Mali
My Neighbor, My Killer Mon voisin, mon tueur Anne Aghion France
The Eye of the Storm No Meu Lugar Eduardo Valente Brazil
Petition Zhao Liang China
Group Portrait With Kids and Motorcycles Portrait de Groupe Avec Enfants et Motocyclettes Pierre-William Glenn France
A Brand New Life 여행자 (Yeo-haeng-ja),
Une vie toute neuve
Ounie Lecomte South Korea

Cannes Classics

The Festival uses Cannes Classics to place the spotlight on rediscovered or restored masterworks from the past, or ones that have been re-released in theatres or on DVD.[11]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Red Shoes (1948) The Red Shoes Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom
A Brighter Summer Day (1991) Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian Edward Yang Taiwan
The Night of Counting the Years (1969) Al-Momia Shadi Abdel Salam Egypt
The Wave (1936) Redes Emilio Gómez Muriel and Fred Zinnemann Mexico
Images from the Playground (2009) Bilder från lekstugan Stig Björkman Sweden
Accident (1967) Accident Joseph Losey United Kingdom
Two of the New Wave (2009) Deux de la Vague Emmanuel Laurent France
Pietro Germi - The Good, the Beautiful and the Brave (2009) Pietro Germi - Il bravo, il bello, il cattivo Claudio Bondi Italy
Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno (2009) Henri-Georges Clouzot's Inferno Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea France
God Does Not Believe in Us Any More (1982) An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr Axel Corti Austria, Germany
Once Upon a Time... the Revolution (1971) Giù la testa Sergio Leone Italy
The Adventure (1960) L'Avventura Michelangelo Antonioni France, Italy
The Housemaid (1960) 하녀 Kim Ki-young South Korea
The 400 Blows (1959) Les quatre cents coups François Truffaut France
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953) Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot Jacques Tati France
Eyes Without a Face (1960) Les yeux sans visage Georges Franju France
Far from Vietnam (1967) Loin du Vietnam Chris Marker, Joris Ivens, Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard, William Klein, Agnès Varda and Alain Resnais France
Pierrot le fou (1965) Pierrot le fou Jean-Luc Godard France
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966) Signore & signori Pietro Germi Italy
The Molly Maguires (1970) The Molly Maguires Martin Ritt United States
Victim (1961) Victim Basil Dearden United Kingdom
Wake in Fright (1971) Wake in Fright Ted Kotcheff Australia


The following films competed in the Cinéfondation section:[12]

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
#1 Noamir Castéra Belgium
Bába Zuzana Kirchnerová Czech Republic
By the Grace of God Ralitza Petrova United Kingdom
Chapa Thiago Ricarte Brazil
Diploma Yaelle Kayam Israel
The Boxer El boxeador Juan Ignacio Pollio Argentina
Goodbye Fang Song China
Gutter Dan Ransom Day United States
The Naturalist Il Naturalista Giulia Barbera Italy
Kasia Elisabet Llado Belgium
The Setback Le Contretemps Dominique Baumard France
Significant Others Malzonkowie Dara Van Dusen Poland
Don't Step Out of the House 남매의 집 Nammae Ui Jip Jo Sung-hee South Korea
Segal Yuval Shani Israel
The Sylpphid Sylfidden Dorte Bengtson Denmark
The Horn 뿔 Bbul Yim Kyung-dong South Korea
Traverser Hugo Frassetto France

Short films

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or du court métrage:[5]

English titleOriginal titleDirector(s)Country
After Tomorrow Emma Sullivan United Kingdom
Arena João Salaviza Portugal
Ciao mama Ciao mama Goran Odvorcic Croatia
Silence Klusums Laila Pakalniņa Latvia
The Man in the Blue Gordini L'Homme À la Gordini Jean-Christophe Lie France
Lars and Peter Lars og Peter Daniel Borgman Denmark
Missing Mizzen Joachim de Vries Netherlands
Worstward Ho Rumbo a Peor Àlex Brendemühl Spain
The Six Dollar Fifty Man Mark Albiston, Louis Sutherland New Zealand


International competition

Cinéfondation and short films

Un Certain Regard

  • Paolo Sorrentino, Italian film director (President)[15]
  • Uma Da Cunha, Indian casting director and production consultant[16]
  • Julie Gayet, French actress and film producer
  • Piers Handling, Canadian Director and CEO of TIFF
  • Marit Kapla, Swedish culture journalist


The members of the international competition's jury.

The winners of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival were:[17][18]


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