2002 Cannes Film Festival

The 55th Cannes Film Festival started on 15 May and ran until 26 May 2002. The Palme d'Or went to the Polish-French-German-British co-produced film The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski.[4][5][6][7]

2002 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 55th Cannes Film Festival.[1]
Opening filmHollywood Ending
Closing filmAnd Now... Ladies
and Gentlemen
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (The Pianist)[2]
Hosted byVirginie Ledoyen
No. of films22 (En Competition)[3]
22 (Un Certain Regard)
17 (Out of Competition)
16 (Cinéfondation)
11 (Short Film)
Festival date15 May 2002 (2002-05-15) – 26 May 2002 (2002-05-26)

The festival opened with Hollywood Ending, directed by Woody Allen[8] and closed with And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen, directed by Claude Lelouch.[9][10][11] Virginie Ledoyen was the mistress of ceremonies.[12]

Director Woody Allen was also presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or given to a director who had achieved a notable body of work but who had never won a competitive Palme d'Or.[13]


David Lynch, Jury President
Anne Fontaine, Un Certain Regard Jury President

Main competitionEdit

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2002 Official Selection:[15]

Un Certain RegardEdit

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2002 Un Certain Regard:

  • Anne Fontaine (director) President
  • David Tran (critic)
  • Fabienne Bradfer (critic)
  • Fabrice Pliskin (critic)
  • Jean-Sébastien Chauvin (critic)
  • Louis Guichard (critic)
  • Pierre Vavasseur (critic)

Cinéfondation and short filmsEdit

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

Camera d'OrEdit

The following people were appointed as the Jury of the 2002 Camera d'Or:

Official selectionEdit

In competition - Feature filmEdit

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

Un Certain RegardEdit

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

Films out of competitionEdit

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


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

  • 17 minute intarziere by Catalin Mitulescu (Romania)
  • Chogyeoul Jumshim by Byung-Hwa Kang (South Korea)
  • Honey Moon by Sung-Jin Park (South Korea)
  • K-G I Nod Och Lust by Jens Jonsson (Sweden)
  • Khoj by Tridib Poddar (India)
  • La derniere journee d'Alfred Maassen by David Lammers (Netherlands)
  • La mort en exil by Ayten Mutlu Saray (Switzerland)
  • P.S. by Arni Asgeirsson (Poland)
  • Um Sol Alaranjado by Eduardo Valente (Brazil)
  • Questions d'un ouvrier mort by Aya Somech (Israel)
  • Request by Jinoh Park (South Korea)
  • Seule maman a les yeux bleus by Eric Forestier (France)
  • Shearing by Eicke Bettinga (United Kingdom)
  • Soshuu no neko by Masaaki Uchida (Japan)
  • The Look Of Happiness by Marianela Maldonado (United Kingdom)
  • Vals by Edgar Bartenev (Russia)

Short film competitionEdit

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

Parallel sectionsEdit

International Critics' WeekEdit

The following films were screened for the 41st International Critics' Week (41e Semaine de la Critique):[16]

Feature film competition

Short film competition

  • Le Jour où je suis né by Kunitoshi Manda (Japan)
  • Lettre au fils by Philippe Welsh (France)
  • Malcom by Baker Karim (Sweden)
  • Meeting Evil (Möte med ondskan) by Reza Parsa (Sweden)
  • 2 Minutes (2 Minutter) by Jacob Tschernia (Denmark)
  • Le Vigile by Frédéric Pelle (France)
  • From Mesmer, with Love or Tea for Two (De Mesmer, con amor o Té para dos) by Salvador Lubezki & Alejandro Lubezki (Mexico)

Special screenings

Directors' FortnightEdit

The following films were screened for the 2002 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[17]

Short films
  • A-20 by Geoff Hughes, Brad Warren (United States)
  • Après l’enfance by Thomas Lilti (France)
  • Bang Nhau… Egaux by Stéfan Sao Nélet (France)
  • Bob the slob by Nate Theis (United States)
  • Bus 44 by Dayyan Eng (Hong Kong, United States)
  • L’Arrivée by Peter Tscherkassky (Austria)
  • Comme ça j’entends la mer by Hélène Milano (France)
  • Comme un seul homme by Jean-Louis Gonnet (France)
  • Deux cents dirham] by Laila Marrakchi (France, Morocco)
  • Entering indifference by Vincent Dieutre (France)
  • Fish in the Sea is Not Thirsty by Soopum Sohn (South Korea, United States)
  • Insomniac by Matt Woo], Vanja Varasac (United States)
  • La Vie sur un fil by Steven Lippman (United States)
  • Mémoires incertaines by Michale Boganim (France, United Kingdom)
  • Mexicano by Toby McDonald (United Kingdom)
  • Muno by Bouli Lanners (Belgium)
  • Next Door by Jeff Rich (United States)
  • Présent inachevé by Johan Van der Keuken (Netherlands)
  • Phantom by Matthias Müller (Germany)
  • Portraits filmés 2002 by Valérie Mréjen (France)
  • Samson by Graham Dubose (United States)
  • The Girl in the Red Dress by Aletta Collins (United Kingdom)


Roman Polanski, Palme d'Or winner
Aki Kaurismäki, Gran Prix winner

Official awardsEdit

The following films and people received the 2002 Official selection awards:[2][4][5]

Un Certain Regard


Golden Camera

Short Films

1939 Palme d'OrEdit

The inaugural Cannes Film Festival was to have been held in 1939, but was cancelled by the outbreak of the Second World War. The organizers of the 2002 festival assembled a jury of six members, including Dieter Kosslick and Alberto Barbera, to watch seven of the twelve features which had been entered in the 1939 competition, namely: Goodbye, Mr. Chips, La piste du nord, Lenin in 1918, The Four Feathers, The Wizard of Oz, Union Pacific, and Boefje. Union Pacific was retrospectively voted the winner of the 1939 Palme d'Or.[19]

Independent awardsEdit

FIPRESCI Prizes[20][21]

Ecumenical Jury[22][5]

Award of the Youth[5]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[23]

Awards in the frame of Directors' Fortnight[18]

Association Prix François Chalais


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