1997 Cannes Film Festival

The 50th Cannes Film Festival was held from 7 to 18 May 1997. The Palme d'Or was jointly awarded to Ta'm e guilass by Abbas Kiarostami and Unagi by Shohei Imamura.[4][5][6] Jeanne Moreau was the mistress of ceremonies.[7]

1997 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 50th Cannes Film Festival[1]
Opening filmThe Fifth Element
Closing filmAbsolute Power
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Ta'm e guilass and Unagi)[2]
Hosted byJeanne Moreau
No. of films20 (En Competition)[3]
22 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Out of Competition)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date7 May 1997 (1997-05-07) – 18 May 1997 (1997-05-18)

The festival opened with The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson, and closed with Absolute Power, directed by Clint Eastwood.[8]


Main competition

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 1997 Official Selection:[10]

Camera d'Or

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 1997 Camera d'Or:

  • Françoise Arnoul (actress) (France)
  • Gérard Lenne (critic) (France)
  • Jiří Menzel (director) (Czech Republic)
  • Julien Camy (cinephile) (France)
  • Luciano Barisone (critic) (Italy)
  • Nicolas Philibert (director) (France)
  • Olivier Brunet-Lefebvre (cinephile) (France)
  • Ulrich Gregor (cinema historian) (Germany)

Official selection

In competition - Feature film

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

Un Certain Regard

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[3]

Films out of competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[3]

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3]

  • Le Bon Endroit by Ayelet Bargur
  • Camera obscura by Stefano Arduino
  • Final Cut by Justin Case
  • ...Is It the Design on the Wrapper? (Est-ce à cause du dessin sur l'emballage?) by Tessa Sheridan
  • Joe by Sasha Wolf
  • Leonie by Lieven Debrauwer
  • Over The Rainbow by Alexandre Aja
  • Les Vacances by Emmanuelle Bercot

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following films were screened for the 36th International Critics' Week (36e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

  • The Signalman (Le Signaleur) by Benoît Mariage (Belgium)
  • Marylou by Todd Kurtzman & Danny Shorago (United States)
  • Adios Mama by Ariel Gordon (Mexico)
  • Tunnel of Love by Robert Milton Wallace (U.K.)
  • Muerto de amor by Ramón Barea (Spain)
  • O Prego by João Maia (Portugal)
  • Le Voleur de diagonale by Jean Darrigol (France)

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 1997 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]

Short films
  • Liberté chérie by Jean-Luc Gaget
  • Soyons amis ! by Thomas Bardinet
  • Taxi de nuit by Marco Castilla
  • Tout doit disparaître by Jean-Marc Moutout
  • Y’a du foutage dans l’air by Djamel Bensalah


Official awards

The following films and people received the 1997 Official selection awards:[2][13][4]

Golden Camera

Short Films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[15]

Commission Supérieure Technique

Ecumenical Jury[16]

Award of the Youth[14]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[14]

Association Prix François Chalais


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