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2006 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film
The Da Vinci Code

Cannes, France

Hosted by
Vincent Cassel

Closing film


2006 Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or (The Wind That Shakes the Barley)

The 2006 Cannes Film Festival ran from 17 May 2006 to 28 May 2006. Twenty films from eleven countries were in competition for the Palme d'Or. The President of the Official Jury was Wong Kar-wai, the first Chinese director to preside over the jury.


English director Ken Loach won Palme d'Or, with his movie The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Other winners were Pedro Almodóvar (Best Screenplay, Volver) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Best Director, Babel). This also marked the first time in three years that no American film, actor, actress, or filmmaker won any awards in Cannes.

The festival opened with the premiere screening of The Da Vinci Code, based on the novel by Dan Brown. Journalists gave the film a cool reception at its first press screening, with loud laughter breaking out at one of the pivotal scenes. Transylvania by Tony Gatlif closed the festival. Paris, je t'aime opened the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.


  • Wong Kar-wai, President (Hong Kong)
  • Helena Bonham Carter (United Kingdom)
  • Monica Bellucci (Italy)
  • Samuel L. Jackson (United States)
  • Patrice Leconte (France)
  • Lucrecia Martel (Argentina)
  • Tim Roth (United Kingdom)
  • Elia Suleiman (Palestine)
  • Zhang Ziyi (China)
  • Films in Competition

  • Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu
  • The Caiman by Nanni Moretti
  • Charlie Says by Nicole Garcia
  • Chronicle of an Escape by Israel Adrián Caetano
  • Climates by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
  • Colossal Youth by Pedro Costa
  • Days of Glory by Rachid Bouchareb
  • The Family Friend by Paolo Sorrentino
  • Fast Food Nation by Richard Linklater
  • Flanders by Bruno Dumont
  • Lights in the Dusk by Aki Kaurismäki
  • Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola
  • Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
  • Red Road by Andrea Arnold
  • The Right of the Weakest by Lucas Belvaux
  • Southland Tales by Richard Kelly
  • Summer Palace by Lou Ye
  • Volver by Pedro Almodóvar
  • When I Was a Singer by Xavier Giannoli
  • The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach
  • Un Certain Regard

  • 2:37 by Murali K. Thalluri
  • 977 by Nikolay Khomeriki
  • A Scanner Darkly by Richard Linklater
  • Bihisht faqat baroi murdagon by Djamshed Usmonov
  • Bled Number One by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
  • Cum mi-am petrecut sfârşitul lumii by Cătălin Mitulescu
  • El violin by Francisco Vargas
  • Gwaï wik by Oxide Pang & Danny Pang
  • Hamaca paraguaya by Paz Encina
  • Il regista di matrimoni by Marco Bellocchio
  • La Californie by Jacques Fieschi
  • La Tourneuse de pages by Denis Dercourt
  • Luxury Car by Wang Chao
  • Meurtrières by Patrick Grandperret
  • Paris, je t'aime by Gurinder Chadha, Bruno Podalydès, Gus Van Sant, Coen brothers, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas, Christopher Doyle, Isabel Coixet, Suwa Nobuhiro, Sylvain Chomet, Alfonso Cuarón, Olivier Assayas, Oliver Schmitz, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Wes Craven, Tom Tykwer, Gérard Depardieu, Frédéric Auburtin, Alexander Payne
  • Salvador by Manuel Huerga
  • Serambi by Garin Nugroho, Tonny Trimarsanto, Viva Westi, Lianto Luseno
  • Suburban Mayhem by Paul Goldman
  • Taxidermia by György Pálfi
  • Ten Canoes by Rolf de Heer
  • Yongseobadji mothan ja by Jong-bin Yun
  • Uro by Stefan Faldbakken
  • You Am I by Kristijonas Vildziunas
  • Z odzysku by Sławomir Fabicki
  • Films out of Competition

  • An Inconvenient Truth by Davis Guggenheim
  • Avida by Benoît Delépine
  • Bamako by Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters by Bill Couturié
  • Chambre 666 by Wim Wenders
  • Chlopiec na galopujacym koniu by Adam Guziński
  • Clerks II by Kevin Smith
  • The Da Vinci Code by Ron Howard
  • El-banate dol by Tahani Rached
  • Election 2 by Johnnie To
  • Silk by Su Chao-pin
  • Ici Najac, à vous la terre by Jean-Henri Meunier
  • Les signes by Eugène Green
  • Nouvelle chance by Anne Fontaine
  • Over the Hedge by Tim Johnson, Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Requiem for Billy the Kid by Anne Feinsilber
  • Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell
  • SIDA by Gaspar Noé
  • Halim by Sherif Arafa
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry by Sydney Pollack
  • Stanley's Girlfriend by Monte Hellman
  • The House Is Burning by Holger Ernst
  • The Water Diary by Jane Campion
  • Transylvania by Tony Gatlif
  • Un lever de rideau by François Ozon
  • United 93 by Paul Greengrass
  • Volevo solo vivere by Mimmo Calopresti
  • X-Men: The Last Stand by Brett Ratner
  • Zidane, un portrait du 21e siècle by Philippe Parreno and Douglas Gordon
  • Winners

  • Palme d'Or (Won by Ken Loach for The Wind That Shakes the Barley)
  • Grand Prix (Won by Bruno Dumont for Flandres)
  • Prix de la mise en scène (Won by Alejandro González Iñárritu director of Babel)
  • Prix du Jury (Won by Andrea Arnold for Red Road)
  • Prix du scénario (Won by Pedro Almodóvar for Volver)
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes (Won by the cast of Volver including Penélope Cruz)
  • Prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival de Cannes (Won by the cast of Indigènes)
  • Prix un certain regard (Won by Wang Chao for Luxury Car)
  • References

    2006 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

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