2003 Cannes Film Festival

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2003 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 56th Cannes Film Festival featuring an original illustration by Jenny Holzer.[1]
Opening filmFanfan la Tulipe
Closing filmCharlie: The Life and Art
of Charles Chaplin
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (Elephant)[2]
Hosted byMonica Bellucci
No. of films20 (En Competition)[3]
19 (Un Certain Regard)
19 (Out of Competition)
20 (Cinéfondation)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date14 May 2003 (2003-05-14) – 25 May 2003 (2003-05-25)

The 56th Cannes Film Festival started on 14 May and ran until 25 May 2003. French opera and theatre director, filmmaker, actor and producer Patrice Chéreau was the President of the Jury. The Palme d'Or went to the American film Elephant by Gus Van Sant based on the Columbine High School massacre.[4][5][6][7]

The festival opened with Fanfan la Tulipe, directed by Gérard Krawczyk and closed with Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin, directed by Richard Schickel.[8] Monica Bellucci was the mistress of ceremonies.[9]


Patrice Chéreau, Jury President
Abderrahmane Sissako Un Cretain Regard Jury President

Main competition[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2003 Official Selection:[10]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2003 Un Certain Regard:

Cinéfondation and short films[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the Cinéfondation and short films competition:

Camera d'Or[edit]

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2003 Camera d'Or:

  • Wim Wenders (director) (Germany)
  • Agnès Godard (cinematographer) (France)
  • Alain Champetier (Representative of the technical industries) (France)
  • Bernard Uhlmann (cinephile) (Switzerland)
  • Christian Vincent (director) (France)
  • Claude Makovski (cinephile) (France)
  • Géraldine d'Haen (secretary of the jury) (France)
  • Gian Luca Farinelli (cinephile) (Italy)
  • Laurent Aknin (critic) (France)

Official selection[edit]

In competition - Feature film[edit]

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

Un Certain Regard[edit]

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

Films out of competition[edit]

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


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

Short film competition[edit]

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

Parallel sections[edit]

International Critics' Week[edit]

The following films were screened for the 42nd International Critics' Week (42e Semaine de la Critique):[11]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

Special screenings

  • Off the map by Campbell Scott (United States) (opening film)
  • Camarades by Marin Karmitz (France) (La séance du Parrain)
  • Condor : les axes du mal by Rodrigo Vasque (France) (Documentary)
  • Araki – The Killing of a Japanese Photographer by Anders Morgenthaller (Denmark) (Short film)
  • Good Night by Chun Sun-Young (South Korea) (Short film)
  • Nosferatu Tango by Zoltán Horváth (Switzerland, France) (Short film)
  • B.B. & Il Cormorano by Edoardo Gabbriellini (Italy) (closing film)

Directors' Fortnight[edit]

Apart from 16 short films, the following feature films were screened for the 2003 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[12]


Gus Van Sant, Palme d'Or winner
Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Gran Prix winner

Official awards[edit]

The following films and people received the 2003 Official selection awards:[2][4][5]

Un Certain Regard


  • First Prize: Run Rabbit Run (Beži zeko beži) by Pavle Vučković
  • Second Prize: Historia del desierto by Celia Galan Julve
  • Third Prize: TV City by Alejandra Tomei and Alberto Couceiro & Rebeca a esas alturas by Luciana Jauffred Gorostiza

Golden Camera

Short films

Independent awards[edit]

FIPRESCI Prizes[13]

Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist

Ecumenical Jury[14]

Award of the Youth[15]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[5][15]

Other awards

Association Prix François Chalais


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Awards 2003: All Awards". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 18 October 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Official Selection 2003: All the Selection". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "56ème Festival International du Film - Cannes". cinema-francais.fr (in français). Retrieved 21 June 2017.
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  6. "Cannes winners in full". BBC News. 25 May 2003. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  7. "A disappointing Cannes finishes with controversial decisions". theguardian.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  8. "Cannes Film Festival 2003 - Preview". urbancinefile.com.au. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  9. "'Fanfan,' Bellucci to open Cannes fest". Variety.com. Retrieved 25 May 2017.
  10. "All Juries 2003". festival-cannes.fr. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016.
  11. "42e Selecion de la Semaine de la Critique - 2003". archives.semainedelacritique.com. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  12. "Quinzaine 2003". quinzaine-realisateurs.com. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  13. "FIPRESCI Awards 2003". ipresci.org. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  14. "Jury Œcuménique Palmarés 2003". cannes.juryoecumenique.org. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 "Cannes Film Festival Awards for 2003". imdb.com. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  16. "Association Prix François Chalais Cannes 2003". francois-chalais.fr. Retrieved 25 June 2017.[permanent dead link]


External links[edit]

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