60th Cannes Film Festival
France, May 16 - May 27 2007
Andrei Plakhov (Russia), Steve Ayorinde (), Michel Ciment (France), Barbara Hollender (Poland), Peter Hornung (Germany), Emanuel Levy (US), Derek Malcolm (UK), Sudhir Nandgaonkar (India), Jean Roy (France), Pablo Scholz (Argentina), Pamela Biénzobas (Chile)
- Cristian Mungiu, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days": The Great Moment of Romanian Cinema By Pablo O. Scholz by Pablo Scholz
- A Band of Honor By Steve Ayorinde by Steve Ayorinde
- Animation and Documentary: The New Entries to the Cannes Festival By Pablo O. Scholz by Pablo Scholz
- FIPRESCI Revelation of the Year "yo – me" by Rafa Cortés by Pamela Biénzobas
- "Her Name is Sabine": Sandrine Bonnaire: Sister Courage By Jean Roy by Jean Roy
- Fatih Akin, "The Edge of Heaven": A Wanderer between Two Worlds By Peter Hornung by Peter Hornung
- "No Country for Old Men": Joel and Ethan Coen's Masterpiece By Emanuel Levy by Emanuel Levy
- "Chacun son cinéma": Looking for the Future Without Nostalgia By Michel Ciment by Michel Ciment
- "Mutum": The Silence is Golden By Sudhir Nandgaonkar by Sudhir Nandgaonkar
- Spiritual Voices By Andrei Plakhov by Andrei Plakhov
- Post-Communist Filmmakers Share Their Past Experiences By Barbara Hollender by Barbara Hollender
- India at Cannes By Derek Malcolm by Derek Malcolm
According to many festival goers, this 60th anniversary edition offered the best competition program of the past seven years, since Thierry Frémeaux took over from Gilles Jacob as artistic director of the Cannes Film Festival. The stars were there, including a lot of Hollywood celebrities, out of competition, to accompany the premieres of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Thirteen (Brad Pitt, George Clooney) or Michael Winterbottom’s A Mighty Heart (Angelina Jolie). But the organizers had composed a rather radical selection of auteur films, cleverly using the media attention of the anniversary edition to give young directors from Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America more visibility. The main awards given by the jury headed by Stephen Frears, as well as the FIPRESCI awards, are a true reflection of this daring choice.
24 hours before receiving the Palme d’Or, Romanian director Cristian Mungiu was honored with the International Critics’ Prize for his third film 4 months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile), from a jury chaired by FIPRESCI President Andrei Plakhov and composed of many renowned critics, including FIPRESCI Honorary President Michel Ciment.
In the “Un certain regard” section, our award went to The Band’s Visit (Bikur hatizmoret) directed by Eran Kolirin (Israel). Sandrine Bonnaire was also awarded by our jury for her directorial debut Her Name is Sabine (Elle s’appelle Sabine), presented in the “Directors’ Fortnight”.
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