2009 Cannes Film Festival

The 62nd Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 May to 24 May 2009. French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury. Twenty films from thirteen countries were selected to compete for the Palme d'Or. The awards were announced on 23 May. The film The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band), directed by Michael Haneke won the Palme d'Or.[3]

62nd Cannes Film Festival
The poster shows a still from the film L'Avventura by Michelangelo Antonioni.[1]
Opening filmUp
Closing filmCoco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (The White Ribbon)
Hosted byÉdouard Baer
No. of films20 (En Competition)[2]
19 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date13–24 May 2009

The festival opened with Pixar's film Up,[4][5] directed by Pete Docter and Bob Peterson. This marked the first time that an animated film or a film in 3-D opened the festival. The festival closed with Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky directed by Jan Kounen.[6]

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.[7]


Main competition

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2009 Official Selection:[8]

Un Certain Regard

  • Paolo Sorrentino (Italian film director) President
  • Uma Da Cunha (Indian casting director & production consultant)[9]
  • Julie Gayet (French actress & film producer)
  • Piers Handling (Canadian director & CEO of TIFF)
  • Marit Kapla (Swedish culture journalist)

Camera d'Or

  • Roschdy Zem (French actor & filmmaker) President
  • Diane Baratier (French cinematographer)
  • Olivier Chiavassa (Fédération des Industries Techniques)
  • Sandrine Ray (French director)
  • Charles Tesson (critic)
  • Edouard Waintrop (Festival Fribourg)

Cinéfondation and short films

Official selection

In competition - Feature films

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[2]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
AntichristLars von TrierDenmark
Bright StarJane CampionUnited Kingdom
Broken EmbracesLos abrazos rotosPedro AlmodóvarSpain
ButcheredKinatayBrillante MendozaPhilippines
Enter the VoidSoudain le videGaspar NoéFrance
FaceVisageTsai Ming-liangTaiwan
Fish TankAndrea ArnoldUnited Kingdom
Inglourious BasterdsQuentin TarantinoUnited States
In the BeginningÀ l'origineXavier GiannoliFrance
Looking for EricKen LoachUnited Kingdom
Map of the Sounds of TokyoMapa de los sonidos de TokyoIsabel CoixetSpain
A ProphetUn prophèteJacques AudiardFrance
Spring Fever春风沉醉的晚上 Chūn fēng chén zuì de wǎn shàngLou YeChina
Taking WoodstockAng LeeUnited States
Thirst박쥐 BakjwiPark Chan-wookSouth Korea
The Time That Remains (الزمن الباقي)Elia SuleimanPalestine
Wild GrassLes herbes follesAlain ResnaisFrance
VincereMarco BellocchioItaly
Vengeance復仇 Fuk sauJohnnie ToHong Kong
The White RibbonDas weiße BandMichael HanekeAustria

Un Certain Regard

The following films were selected for the competition of Un Certain Regard:[2]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
AdriftÀ DerivaHeitor DhaliaBrazil
Air DollKūki NingyōHirokazu KoreedaJapan
DogtoothΚυνόδοντας KynodontasYorgos LanthimosGreece
Eyes Wide Openעיניים פקוחות Einayim PkuhotHaim TabakmanIsrael
Father of My ChildrenLe père de mes enfantsMia Hansen-LøveFrance
IndependenceIndependenciaRaya MartinPhilippines
IreneAlain CavalierFrance
Mother마더 MadeoBong Joon-hoSouth Korea
No One Knows About Persian Catsکسی از گربه های ایرانی خبر نداره
Kasi az gorbehaye irani khabar nadareh
Bahman GhobadiIran
NymphNang MaiPen-Ek RatanaruangThailand
Police, AdjectivePoliţist, AdjectivCorneliu PorumboiuRomania
PreciousPrecious: Based on the Novel "Push" by SapphireLee DanielsUnited States
Samson and DelilahWarwick ThorntonAustralia
The Silent ArmyWit LichtJean van de VeldeNetherlands
Tale in the DarknessSkazka pro temnotuNikolay KhomerikiRussia
Tales from the Golden AgeAmintiri din epoca de aurCristian Mungiu, Hanno Höfer, Constantin Popescu, Ioana UricaruRomania
To Die like a ManMorrer Como Um HomemJoão Pedro RodriguesPortugal
Tomorrow at DawnDemain dès l'aubeDenis DercourtFrance
TsarЦарьPavel LunginRussia
The Wind JourneysLos viajes del vientoCiro GuerraColombia

Films out of competition

The following films were selected to be screened out of competition:[2]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
AgoraAlejandro AmenábarSpain
The Army of CrimeL'armée du crimeRobert GuédiguianFrance
Coco Chanel & Igor StravinskyJan KounenFrance
Don't Look BackNe te retourne pasMarina de VanFrance
Drag Me to HellSam RaimiUnited States
The Imaginarium of Doctor ParnassusTerry GilliamUnited Kingdom
A Town Called PanicPanique au villageStéphane Aubier, Vincent PatarBelgium, France, Luxembourg
UpPete DocterUnited States

Special Screenings

The following films were selected for the Special Sceenings:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Ashes and BloodCendres et sangFanny ArdantFrance
JaffaKeren YedayaIsrael
The Thorn in the HeartL'épine dans le coeurMichel GondryFrance
ManilaAdolfo Alix, Jr., Raya MartinPhilippines
Tell Me Who You AreMin YeSouleymane CisséMali
My Neighbor, My KillerMon voisin, mon tueurAnne AghionFrance
The Eye of the StormNo Meu LugarEduardo ValenteBrazil
PetitionZhao LiangChina
Group Portrait With Kids and MotorcyclesPortrait de Groupe Avec Enfants et MotocyclettesPierre-William GlennFrance
A Brand New Life여행자 Yeo-haeng-jaOunie LecomteSouth Korea


The following short films were selected for the competition of Cinéfondation:[2][11]

English title Original title Director(s) School
#1Noamir CastéraENSAV La Cambre, Belgium
BábaZuzana KirchnerováFAMU, Czech Republic
The BoxerEl boxeadorJuan Ignacio PollioUniversidad del Cine, Argentina
By the Grace of GodRalitza PetrovaNFTS, United Kingdom
ChapaThiago RicarteFAAP, Brazil
DiplomaYaelle KayamThe Sam Spiegel Film & TV School, Israel
Don't Step Out of the House남매의 집  Nammae Ui JipJo Sung-heeKorean Academy of Film Arts, South Korea
GoodbyeFang SongBeijing Film Academy, China
GutterDan Ransom DayNew York University, USA
The Horn  BbulYim Kyung-dongKaywon School of Art, South Korea
KasiaElisabet LladoIAD, Belgium
The NaturalistIl NaturalistaGiulia BarberaCentro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
The SetbackLe ContretempsDominique BaumardLa fémis, France
Significant OthersMalzonkowieDara Van DusenPWSFTViT, Poland
SegalYuval ShaniTel-Aviv University, Israel
The SylpphidSylfiddenDorte BengtsonDen Danske Filmskole, Denmark
TraverserHugo FrassettoLa Poudrière, France

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[2]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
After TomorrowEmma SullivanUnited Kingdom
ArenaJoão SalavizaPortugal
Ciao mamaCiao mamaGoran OdvorcicCroatia
Lars and PeterLars og PeterDaniel BorgmanDenmark
The Man in the Blue GordiniL'Homme À la GordiniJean-Christophe LieFrance
MissingMissenJochem de VriesNetherlands
SilenceKlusumsLaila PakalniņaLatvia
The Six Dollar Fifty ManMark Albiston, Louis SutherlandNew Zealand
Worstward HoRumbo a PeorÀlex BrendemühlSpain

Cannes Classics

The Festival Cannes Classics places the spotlight on documentaries about cinema[12] and restored masterworks from the past.[13]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Documentaries about Cinema
Two of the New WaveDeux de la VagueEmmanuel LaurentFrance
Henri-Georges Clouzot's InfernoSerge Bromberg, Ruxandra MedreaFrance
Images from the PlaygroundBilder från lekstuganStig BjörkmanSweden
Pietro Germi - The Good, the Beautiful and the BravePietro Germi - Il bravo, il bello, il cattivoClaudio BondiItaly
Restored prints
The 400 Blows (1959)Les quatre cents coupsFrançois TruffautFrance
Accident (1967)Joseph LoseyUnited Kingdom
The Adventure (1960)L'AvventuraMichelangelo AntonioniFrance, Italy
The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (1966)Signore & signoriPietro GermiItaly
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jianEdward YangTaiwan
Eyes Without a Face (1960)Les yeux sans visageGeorges FranjuFrance
Far from Vietnam (1967)Loin du VietnamChris Marker, Joris Ivens,
Claude Lelouch, Jean-Luc Godard,
William Klein, Agnès Varda
and Alain Resnais
God Does Not Believe in Us Any More (1982)An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehrAxel CortiAustria, Germany
The Housemaid (1960)하녀 / HanyeoKim Ki-youngSouth Korea
The Molly Maguires (1970)Martin RittUnited States
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)Les vacances de Monsieur HulotJacques TatiFrance
The Night of Counting the Years (1969)Al-MomiaShadi Abdel SalamEgypt
Once Upon a Time... the Revolution (1971)Giù la testaSergio LeoneItaly
Pierrot le fou (1965)Jean-Luc GodardFrance
The Red Shoes (1948)Michael Powell, Emeric PressburgerUnited Kingdom
Victim (1961)Basil DeardenUnited Kingdom
Wake in Fright (1971)Ted KotcheffAustralia
The Wave (1936)RedesEmilio Gómez Muriel, Fred ZinnemannMexico

Cinéma de la Plage

The Cinéma de la Plage is a part of the Official Selection. The outdoors screenings at the beach cinema of Cannes are open to the public.[14]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)David LeanUSA, U.K.
Neil Young Trunk Show (2008)Jonathan DemmeUnited States
Pink Floyd – The Wall (1982)Alan ParkerUnited Kingdom
Soundtrack for a Revolution (2009)Dan Sturman, Bill GuttentagUSA, France, U.K.
Tengri: Blue Heavens (2008)Tengri, le bleu du cielMarie-Jaoul de PonchevilleGermany, France, Kyrgyzstan
Total Balalaika Show (1993)Aki KaurismakiFinland, Sweden
Wattstax (1972)Mel StuartUnited States
Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1973)D. A. PennebakerUnited Kingdom

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following films were screened for the 48th International Critics' Week (48e Semaine de la Critique):[15]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

Special screenings

  • Hierro by Gabe Ibáñez (Spain)
  • Lascars (Round da Way) by Albert Pereira-Lazaro, Emmanuel Klotz (France)
  • The Ordinary People (Rien de personnel) by Mathias Gokalp (France)
Short films
  • 1989 by Camilo Matiz (Colombia)
  • 6 Hours by Seong-hyeok Moon (South Korea)
  • La Baie du renard by Grégoire Colin (France)
  • Elo by Vera Egito (Brazil)
  • Espalhadas pelo Ar (Spread Through the Air) by Vera Egito (Brazil)
  • Faiblesses by Nicolas Giraud (France)
  • Les Miettes (Crumbs) by Pierre Pinaud (France)

Directors' Fortnight

The following films were screened for the 2009 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[16]

Feature films

Special screenings

Short films

  • American Minor by Charlie White (8 min)
  • Anna by Rúnar Rúnarsson (35 min)
  • El ataque de los robots de Nebulosa-5 by Chema García Ibarra (7 min)
  • Canção de amor e saúde by João Nicolau (35 min)
  • Cicada by Amiel Courtin-Wilson (9 min)
  • Drömmar från skogen by Johannes Nyholm (9 min)
  • Dust Kid by Jung Yumi (10 min)
  • The Fugitives by Guillaume Leiter (25 min)
  • The History of Aviation by Bálint Kenyeres (15 min)
  • Jagdfieber (The Hunting Fever) by Alessandro Comodin (22 min)
  • John Wayne Hated Horses by Andrew T. Betzer (10 min)
  • Nice by Maud Alpi (25 min)
  • SuperBarroco by Renata Pinheiro (17 min)
  • Thermidor by Virgil Vernier (17 min)


Official awards

The following films and people received the 2009 Official selection awards:[17][3]

Un Certain Regard


  • First Prize: Bába by Zuzana Kirchnerová
  • 2nd Prize: Goodbye by Fang Song
  • 3rd Prize: Diploma by Yaelle Kayam and Nammae Ui Jip by Jo Sung-hee

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[18]

Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist

Ecumenical Jury[19]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[3]

  • Critics Week Grand Prize: Adieu Gary by Nassim Amaouche
  • SACD Award: Lost Persons Area by Caroline Strubbe
  • ACID/CCAS Award: Whisper with the wind (Sirta la gal ba) by Shahram Alidi
  • OFAJ/TV5MONDE Young Critics Award: Whisper with the wind (Sirta la gal ba) by Shahram Alidi
  • Canal+ Gran Prix for short film: Seeds of the Fall (Slitage) by Patrik Eklund
  • Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film: Logorama by François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain (H5)

Other awards

Association Prix François Chalais


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