2003 Cannes Film Festival

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]

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 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]

2003 Un Certain Regard poster, adapted from an original illustration by Oswaldo Vigas.[10]


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

Main competitionEdit

The following people were appointed as the Jury for the feature films of the 2003 Official Selection:[11]

Un Certain RegardEdit

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

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 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 selectionEdit

In competition - Feature filmEdit

The following feature films competed for the Palme d'Or:[3] The Palme d'Or winner has been highlighted.

English title Original title Director(s) Country
At Five in the Afternoon Panj é asr Samira Makhmalbaf Iran, France
The Barbarian Invasions Les Invasions barbares Denys Arcand Canada, France
Bright Future Akarui mirai Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan
The Brown Bunny Vincent Gallo United States, Japan
Carandiru Héctor Babenco Brazil, Argentina
Les Côtelettes Les Côtelettes Bertrand Blier France
Dogville Lars von Trier Denmark, United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Netherlands
Elephant Gus Van Sant United States
Father and Son Отец и сын Alexander Sokurov Russia
Incantato Il cuore altrove Pupi Avati Italy
Little Lili La Petite Lili Claude Miller France
Mystic River Clint Eastwood United States
Purple Butterfly 紫蝴蝶 Lou Ye China
Shara Sharasojyu Naomi Kawase Japan
Strayed Les égarés André Téchiné France
Swimming Pool François Ozon France, United Kingdom
That Day Ce jour-là Raúl Ruiz Switzerland, France
The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story Peter Greenaway Netherlands, United Kingdom
Tiresia Bertrand Bonello France
Uzak Uzak Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey

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]

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 42nd International Critics' Week (42e Semaine de la Critique):[12]

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' FortnightEdit

Apart from 16 short films, the following feature films were screened for the 2003 Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalizateurs):[13]


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

Official awardsEdit

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 awardsEdit

FIPRESCI Prizes[14]

Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist

Ecumenical Jury[15]

Award of the Youth[16]

Awards in the frame of International Critics' Week[5][16]

Other awards

Association Prix François Chalais


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