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1997 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film
The Fifth Element

Cannes, France

Hosted by
Jeanne Moreau

Closing film
Absolute Power


1997 Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or (Ta'm e guilass and Unagi)

The 50th Cannes Film Festival was held on 7–18 May 1997. The Palme d'Or was jointly awarded to Ta'm e guilass by Abbas Kiarostami and Unagi by Shohei Imamura.


The festival opened with The Fifth Element, directed by Luc Besson, and closed with Absolute Power, directed by Clint Eastwood.


  • Isabelle Adjani (France) (president)
  • Gong Li (China)
  • Mira Sorvino (USA)
  • Paul Auster (USA)
  • Tim Burton (USA)
  • Luc Bondy (Switzerland)
  • Patrick Dupond (France)
  • Mike Leigh (UK)
  • Nanni Moretti (Italy)
  • Michael Ondaatje (Canada)
  • Feature film competition

  • Assassin(s) by Mathieu Kassovitz
  • The Brave by Johnny Depp
  • Chun gwong cha sit by Wong Kar-wai
  • The End of Violence by Wim Wenders
  • Funny Games by Michael Haneke
  • The Ice Storm by Ang Lee
  • Il principe di Homburg by Marco Bellocchio
  • Kini and Adams by Idrissa Ouedraogo
  • L.A. Confidential by Curtis Hanson
  • La femme défendue by Philippe Harel
  • La tregua by Francesco Rosi
  • Nil by Mouth by Gary Oldman
  • The Serpent's Kiss by Philippe Rousselot
  • She's So Lovely by Nick Cassavetes
  • The Sweet Hereafter by Atom Egoyan
  • Ta'm e guilass by Abbas Kiarostami
  • Unagi by Shohei Imamura
  • Welcome to Sarajevo by Michael Winterbottom
  • The Well by Samantha Lang
  • Western by Manuel Poirier
  • Un Certain Regard

  • 12 Storeys by Eric Khoo
  • A, B, C... Manhattan by Amir Naderi
  • Akrebin Yolculuğu by Ömer Kavur
  • American Perfekt by Paul Chart
  • Brat by Aleksei Balabanov
  • Dong gong xi gong by Zhang Yuan
  • Enskilda samtal by Liv Ullmann
  • Gudia by Gautam Ghose
  • Histoire(s) du cinéma by Jean-Luc Godard
  • In the Company of Men by Neil LaBute
  • Inside/Out by Rob Tregenza
  • Wind Echoing in My Being by Jeon Soo-il
  • La Buena Estrella by Ricardo Franco
  • La cruz by Alejandro Agresti
  • Love and Death on Long Island by Richard Kwietniowski
  • Marcello Mastroianni: mi ricordo, sì, io mi ricordo by Anna Maria Tatò
  • Marius et Jeannette by Robert Guédiguian
  • Mrs. Brown by John Madden
  • Post-Coitum, Animal Triste by Brigitte Roüan
  • Sunday by Jonathan Nossiter
  • A Casa by Šarūnas Bartas
  • Witman fiúk by János Szász
  • Films out of competition

  • Absolute Power by Clint Eastwood
  • Al-massir by Youssef Chahine
  • Michael Jackson's Ghosts by Stan Winston
  • Hamlet by Kenneth Branagh
  • The Fifth Element by Luc Besson
  • Nirvana by Gabriele Salvatores
  • The Blackout by Abel Ferrara
  • Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo by Manoel de Oliveira
  • Welcome to Woop Woop by Stephan Elliott
  • Awards

  • Palme d'Or:
  • Ta'm e guilass by Abbas Kiarostami
  • Unagi by Shōhei Imamura
  • Grand Prize of the Jury: The Sweet Hereafter by Atom Egoyan
  • Jury Prize: Western by Manuel Poirier
  • Best Actor: Sean Penn for She's So Lovely
  • Best Actress: Kathy Burke for Nil by Mouth
  • Best Director: Wong Kar-wai for Chun gwong cha sit
  • Short Film Palme d'Or: ...Is It the Design on the Wrapper? by Tessa Sheridan
  • Best Screenplay: The Ice Storm by James Schamus
  • Technical Grand Prize: She's So Lovely and The Fifth Element by Thierry Arbogast
  • Palm of the Palms: Ingmar Bergman
  • 50th Anniversary Prize: Youssef Chahine (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Caméra d'Or: Moe no suzaku by Naomi Kawase
  • Caméra d'Or - Special Mention: La Vie de Jésus by Bruno Dumont
  • Mercedes-Benz Award: Budbringeren by Pål Sletaune
  • Canal+ Award: Le signaleur by Benoît Mariage
  • FIPRESCI Prize:
  • The Sweet Hereafter by Atom Egoyan
  • Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo by Manoel de Oliveira
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: The Sweet Hereafter by Atom Egoyan
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention:
  • La Buena Estrella by Ricardo Franco
  • Viagem ao Princípio do Mundo by Manoel de Oliveira
  • Award of the Youth:
  • Foreign Film: Bent by Sean Mathias
  • French Film: J'ai horreur de l'amour by Laurence Ferreira Barbosa
  • François Chalais Award: Savrseni krug by Ademir Kenović
  • References

    1997 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

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