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2009 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film


Cannes, France

Hosted by
Édouard Baer

2009 Cannes Film Festival

Closing film
Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky

Palme d'Or (The White Ribbon)

The 62nd annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 May – 24 May 2009. French actress Isabelle Huppert was the President of the Jury. It was announced on 19 March 2009, that Pixar's film Up would open the festival. This marked the first time that an animated film or a film in 3-D opened the festival.


American director Clint Eastwood became the second recipient of the Honorary Palme d'Or, an award given to directors who had established a significant body of work without ever winning a competitive Palme d'Or.

Festival line-up

* First animated film ever to open the festival.

Films in competition

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or.

Un Certain Regard

The following films competed in the Un Certain Regard section:

Films out of competition

The following films were shown out of competition:

Special screenings

The following films were given a special screening:

Cannes Classics

The Festival uses Cannes Classics to place the spotlight on rediscovered or restored masterworks from the past, or ones that have been re-released in theatres or on DVD.


The following films competed in the Cinéfondation section:

Short films

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or du court métrage:


The winners of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival were:

  • Palme d'Or – Das weiße Band by Michael Haneke
  • Grand Prix – Un prophète by Jacques Audiard
  • Prix de la mise en scène – Brillante Mendoza for Kinatay
  • Prix du Jury
  • Bakjwi by Park Chan-wook
  • Fish Tank by Andrea Arnold
  • Prix du scénario – Chūn fēng chén zuì de wǎn shàng by Lou Ye
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine – Charlotte Gainsbourg for Antichrist
  • Prix d'interprétation masculine – Christoph Waltz for Inglourious Basterds
  • Lifetime Achievement Award for his work – Alain Resnais
  • Palme d'Or du court métrage Arena by João Salaviza
  • Short Film Special Distinction – The Six Dollar Fifty Man by Louis Sutherland
  • Prix Un Certain Regard – Kynodontas by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Un Certain Regard – Jury Prize – Politist, Adjectiv by Corneliu Porumboiu
  • Un Certain Regard – Special Jury Prize
  • Kasi as gorbehaie Irani khabar nadare by Bahman Ghobadi
  • Le père de mes enfants by Mia Hansen-Løve
  • Cinéfondation
  • 1st Prize - Bába by Zuzana Kirchnerová
  • 2nd Prize - Goodbye by Fang Song
  • 3rd Prize - Diploma by Yaelle Kayam and Nammae Ui Jip by Jo Sung-hee
  • Caméra d'Or - Samson and Delilah by Warwick Thornton
  • Caméra d'Or - Special Distinction - Ajami by Scandar Copti
  • References

    2009 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia