2010 Cannes Film Festival

The 63rd Cannes Film Festival was held from 12 to 23 May 2010, in Cannes, France.[4][5] The Cannes Film Festival, hailed as being one of the most recognized and prestigious film festivals worldwide, was founded in 1946.[6][7] It consists of having films screened in and out of competition during the festival; films screened in competition compete for the Palme d'Or award. The award in 2010 was won by Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a Thai film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This was determined by the festival's jury members who reviewed films screened in competition. American film director Tim Burton was the president of the jury for the international competition, and other members of the jury for that competition included actors, screenwriters and composers, such as Kate Beckinsale, Emmanuel Carrère, Benicio del Toro, and Alexandre Desplat.[8][9] Other categories for films screened in competition that have their own separate juries for other awards are for Short Films and the Un Certain Regard category.

63rd Cannes Film Festival
The festival's official poster featuring French actress Juliette Binoche[1]
Opening filmRobin Hood
Closing filmThe Tree
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)[2]
Hosted byKristin Scott Thomas
No. of films19 (En Competition)[3]
19 (Un Certain Regard)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date12–23 May 2010

Ridley Scott's Robin Hood opened the festival[10] and Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree was the closing film.[11] The full film lineup for the festival was announced on 15 April 2010.[12] English actress Kristin Scott Thomas was the mistress of ceremonies.[13]

Agence France-Presse, Reuters, Associated Press and Getty TV boycotted the press conference that announced the line-up for the festival, due to a dispute over access to the red carpet.[14] In a press release, the agencies said that they "may be forced to suspend their presence at the festival altogether" if an agreement was not reached.[14] Days before the festival was to begin, concerns were expressed that attendees might be delayed, or would not attend, due to plane flights to surrounding areas in France being delayed or canceled due to volcanic ash in the sky.[15] Two days before ths beginning of the festival, the just finished film Route Irish, directed by Ken Loach, was added to the main competition.[16]


Main competition

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2010 Official Selection:[17]

Un Certain Regard

Camera d'Or

Cinéfondation and short films

Official selection

In competition - Feature films

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3][5][11]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Another YearMike LeighUnited Kingdom
BiutifulAlejandro González IñárrituMexico
Burnt by the Sun 2Утомлённые солнцем 2  Utomlyonnye solncem 2Nikita MikhalkovRussia
Certified CopyCopie conformeAbbas KiarostamiFrance
Chongqing Blues日照重慶  Rizhao ChongqingWang XiaoshuaiChina
Fair GameDoug LimanUnited States
The Housemaid하녀  Ha-nyeoIm Sang-sooSouth Korea
My JoyСчастье моё  Schastye moyoSergei LoznitsaUkraine
Of Gods and MenDes hommes et des dieuxXavier BeauvoisFrance
On TourTournéeMathieu AmalricFrance
Our LifeLa nostra vitaDaniele LuchettiItaly
Outrageアウトレイジ  AutoreijiTakeshi KitanoJapan
Outside the LawHors-la-loiRachid BoucharebAlgeria
Poetry  ShiLee Chang-dongSouth Korea
The Princess of MontpensierLa princesse de MontpensierBertrand TavernierFrance
Route IrishKen LoachUnited Kingdom
A Screaming ManUn homme qui crieMahamat Saleh HarounFrance
Tender Son – The Frankenstein ProjectSzelíd Teremtés – A Frankenstein TervKornél MundruczóHungary
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Livesลุงบุญมีระลึกชาติ  Lung Bunmi Raluek ChatApichatpong WeerasethakulThailand

Un Certain Regard

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

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Adrienn PálPál AdriennÁgnes KocsisHungary
AuroraCristi PuiuRomania
Blue ValentineDerek CianfranceUnited States
CaranchoPablo TraperoArgentina
ChatroomHideo NakataUnited Kingdom
The City BelowUnter dir die Stadt Christoph HochhäuslerGermany
FlightUdaanVikramaditya MotwaneIndia
Hahaha하하하Hong Sang-sooSouth Korea
HeartbeatsLes amours imaginairesXavier DolanCanada
I Wish I KnewHai Shang Chuan QiJia ZhangkeChina
Life, Above AllOliver SchmitzSouth Africa
Lights OutQu'est-il arrivé à Simon Werner?Fabrice GobertFrance
The LipsLos labiosIván Fund, Santiago LozaArgentina
OctoberOctubreDaniel Vega, Diego VegaPeru
Rebecca H. (Return to the Dogs)Lodge KerriganUnited States, France
R U ThereDavid VerbeekNetherlands, Taiwan
SocialismFilm SocialismeJean-Luc GodardFrance
The Strange Case of AngelicaO estranho caso de AngélicaManoel de OliveiraPortugal
Tuesday, After ChristmasMarţi, după CrăciunRadu MunteanRomania

Films out of competition

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

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Autobiography of Nicolae CeaușescuAutobiografia lui Nicolae CeaușescuAndrei UjicăRomania
Black HeavenL'Autre mondeGilles MarchandFrance
CarlosOlivier AssayasFrance
KaboomGregg ArakiUnited States
Robin HoodRidley ScottUnited States
Tamara DreweStephen FrearsUnited Kingdom
The TreeJulie BertuccelliFrance, Australia
Wall Street: Money Never SleepsOliver StoneUnited States
You Will Meet a Tall Dark StrangerWoody AllenUnited States

Special screenings

The following films were shown as special screenings.[3][11]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
5 X Favela5 X Favela, por nós mesmosWagner Novais, Manaira Carneiro, Rodriga Felha, Cacau Amaral, Luciano Vidigal, Cadu Barcelos and Luciana BezerraBrazil
AbelDiego LunaMexico
ChantrapasOtar IosselianiFrance, Georgia
Countdown to ZeroLucy WalkerUnited States
Draquila – Italy TremblesDraquila - L'Italia che tremaSabina GuzzantiItaly
Gilles Jacob, Citizen CannesGilles Jacob, l'arpenteur de la croisetteSerge Le PeronFrance
Inside JobCharles H. FergusonUnited States
The PackLa meuteFranck RichardFrance, Belgium
Nostalgia for the LightNostalgia de la luzPatricio GuzmánFrance, Chile
Over Your Cities Grass Will GrowSophie FiennesUnited Kingdom


The following short films were selected for the competition of Cinéfondation:[3][19]

English title Original title Director(s) School
Anywhere Out of the WorldCoucou-Les-NuagesVincent CardonaLa fémis, France
CookedJens BlankNFTS, United Kingdom
Dakujem, dobreMátyás PriklerFTF-VŠMU, Slovakia
The Fifth ColumnHinkerort ZorasuneVatche BoulghourjianNYU, United States
Frozen LandTae-yong KimSejong University*, S. Korea
Here I AmItt VagyokBálint SzimlerSzFE, Hungary
I Already Am Everything I Want to HaveJa Vec Jesam Sve Ono Što Želim Da ImamDane KomljenFDU, Serbia
IjslandIcelandGilles CoulierSint-Lukas University*, Belgium
El JuegoBenjamín NaishtatLe Fresnoy, France
Los Minutos, Las HorasMarques RibeiroEICTV, Cuba
MiramareMichaela MüllerALU*, Croatia
The Painting SellersTaulukauppiaatJuho KuosmanenAalto University, Finland
ShelleyAndrew WesmanHarvard University*, USA
* denotes first time a school was selected to compete

Short film competition

The following short films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or:[3][11]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Barking IslandChienne d'histoireSerge AvédikianFrance
Bathing MickyMicky baderFrida KempffSweden
BlocksBlokesMarially RivasChile
First AidEzra rishonaYarden KarminIsrael
MayaPedro Pío Martín PérezCuba
MusclesEdward HousdenAustralia
RosaMonica LairanaArgentina
StationEstaçãoMarcia FariaBrazil
To Swallow a ToadJurģis KrāsonsLatvia

Cannes Classics

Cannes Classics places the spotlight on documentaries about cinema and restored masterworks from the past.

World Cinema Foundation

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Documentaries about Cinema[20]
...But Film is My Mistress...Men filmen är min älskarinnaStig BjörkmanSweden
Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack CardiffCraig McCallUnited Kingdom
Hollywood Don't Surf!Greg MacGillivray, Sam GeorgeUnited States
ToscanIsabelle Partiot-PieriFrance
Restored prints[21]
The 317th Platoon (1964)La 317ème sectionPierre SchoendoerfferFrance
The African Queen (1951)John HustonUSA, U.K.
The Battle of the Rails (1946)La Bataille du railRené ClémentFrance
La campagne de Cicéron (1989)Jacques DavilaFrance
The Great Love (1969)Le grand amourPierre EtaixFrance
Happy Go Lucky (1946)Au petit bonheurMarcel L'HerbierFrance
Khandhar (1983)Mrinal SenIndia
Kiss of the Spider Woman (1985)O Beijo da Mulher-AranhaHector BabencoBrazil, USA
The Leopard (1963)Il GattopardoLuchino ViscontiItaly
Psycho (1960)Alfred HitchcockUnited States
The Tin Drum (1979)Die BlechtrommelVolker SchlöndorffW. Germany, Poland,
Yugoslavia, France
Tristana (1970)Luis BuñuelSpain, France, Italy
World Cinema Foundation[22]
El-Fallâh el-fasîh (1970, short)The Eloquent PeasantShadi Abdel Salam
Il ruscello di Ripasottile (1941, short)Roberto Rossellini
Két Lány Az Utcán (1939)André de Toth
Mest (1989)Ermek Shinarbaev
Titash Ekti Nadir Naam (1973)Ritwik GhatakBangladesh

Cinéma de la Plage

The Cinéma de la Plage is a part of the Official Selection of the festival. The outdoors screenings at the beach cinema of Cannes are open to the public.[23]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
From Here to Eternity (1953)Fred ZinnemannUnited States
The Girl Hunters (1963)(Solo pour une blonde)Roy RowlandU.K.
Rock'n'roll... Of Corse! (2010)Stéphane Bébert, Lionel GuedjFrance
The Silent World (1956)Le Monde du silenceLouis Malle, Jacques-Yves CousteauFrance, Italy
That Night in Varennes (1982)La Nuit de VarennesEttore ScolaFrance, Italy
The Two Escobars (2010)Jeff Zimbalist, Michael ZimbalistUnited States

Parallel sections

International Critics' Week

The following films were screened for the 49th International Critics' Week (49e Semaine de la Critique):[24]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

  • A distração by Ivan Cavi Borges, Gustavo Melo (Brazil)
  • Berik by Daniel Joseph Borgman (Denmark)
  • Deeper Than Yesterday by Ariel Kleiman (Australia)
  • Love Patate by Gilles Cuvelier (France)
  • Native Son by Scott Graham (United Kingdom)
  • The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Lion by Alois Di Leo (U.K.)
  • Vasco by Sébastien Laudenbach (France)

Special screening

Short and medium length
  • Bastard by Kirsten Dunst (United States)
  • The Clerk’s Tale by James Franco (United States)
  • L’Amour-propre by Nicolas Silhol (France)
  • Cynthia todavía tienes las llaves by Gonzalo Tobal (Argentina)
  • Fracture by Nicolas Sarkissian (France)

Directors' Fortnight

The documentary film Benda Bilili! about disabled Kinshasa street musicians Staff Benda Bilili had its world premiere at the festival, with the group in attendance and performing at the Director's Fortnight opening party.[25]

The following films were screened for the 2010 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[26]

Feature films

Short films

  • A Silent Child by Jesper Klevenås (Sweden)
  • Light by André Schreuders (Netheralnds)
  • Mary Last Seen by Sean Durkin (United States)
  • Petit tailleur by Louis Garrel (France)
  • Cautare by Ionuţ Piţurescu (Romania)
  • Shadows of Silence by Pradeepan Raveendran (France)
  • Shikasha by Isamu Hirabayashi (Japan)
  • Three Hours by Annarita Zambrano (Italy, France)
  • ZedCrew by Noah Pink (Canada, Zambia)


Official awards

The Palme d'Or was won by the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul.[27] It was the first time that an Asian movie won the award since 1997.[28] Tim Burton, chairman of the jury that determined the award, stated about its decision: "You always want to be surprised by films and this film did that for most of us."[29] French film Of Gods and Men was the runner up.[30] The Xavier Beauvois-directed film had been considered a favourite for the Palme d'Or along with Mike Leigh's Another Year.[31] During the ceremony special attention was paid to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi in hopes of increasing international pressure on the Iranian government to release Panahi from jail.

The following films and people received the 2010 Official selection awards:[2][32] In Competition

Un Certain Regard


  • First Prize: – The Painting Sellers by Juho Kuosmanen
  • 2nd Prize: Anywhere Out of the World by Vincent Cardona
  • 3rd Prize: The Fifth Column by Vatche Boulghourjian and I Already am Everything I Want to Have by Dane Komljenk

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prizes[33]

Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist[34]

Ecumenical Jury[35][32]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[32]

  • Critics Week Grand Prize: Armadillo by Janus Metz
  • SACD Award: Bi, Don't Be Afraid (Bi, dung so!) by Di Dang Phan
  • ACID Award: Bi, Don't Be Afraid (Bi, dung so!) by Di Dang Phan
  • Young Critics Award: Sound of Noise by Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson[34]
  • Canal+ Gran Prix for short film: Berik by Daniel Joseph Borgman[34]
  • Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film: Deeper Than Yesterday by Ariel Kleiman

Other awards

Association Prix François Chalais


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