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2010 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film
Robin Hood

Cannes, France

Hosted by
Kristin Scott Thomas

Closing film
The Tree


2010 Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives)

The 63rd annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 12 to 23 May 2010, in Cannes, France. The Cannes Film Festival, hailed as being one of the most recognized and prestigious film festivals worldwide, was founded in 1946. It consists of having films screened in and out of competition during the festival; films screened in competition compete for the Palme d'Or award. The award in 2010 was won by Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a Thai film directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. This was determined by the festival's jury members who reviewed films screened in competition. American film director Tim Burton was the president of the jury for the international competition, and other members of the jury for that competition included actors, screenwriters and composers, such as Kate Beckinsale, Emmanuel Carrère, Benicio del Toro, and Alexandre Desplat. Other categories for films screened in competition that have their own separate juries for other awards are for Short Films and the Un Certain Regard category. Ridley Scott's Robin Hood opened the festival and Julie Bertuccelli's The Tree was the closing film. The full film lineup for the festival was announced on 15 April 2010.


Agence France-Presse, Reuters, Associated Press and Getty TV boycotted the press conference that announced the line-up for the festival, due to a dispute over access to the red carpet. In a press release, the agencies said that they "may be forced to suspend their presence at the festival altogether" if an agreement was not reached. Days before the festival was to begin, concerns were expressed that attendees might be delayed, or would not attend, due to plane flights to surrounding areas in France being delayed or canceled due to volcanic ash in the sky.


The Palme d'Or was won by the Thai film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul. It was the first time that an Asian movie won the award since 1997. Tim Burton, chairman of the jury that determined the award, stated about its decision: "You always want to be surprised by films and this film did that for most of us." French film Of Gods and Men was the runner up. The Xavier Beauvois-directed film had been considered a favourite for the Palme d'Or along with Mike Leigh's Another Year. During the ceremony special attention was paid to Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi in hopes of increasing international pressure on the Iranian government to release Panahi from jail.

Films in competition

The following films competed for the Palme d'Or.

Un Certain Regard

The following films were screened in the Un Certain Regard category.

Films out of competition

The following films were shown out of competition.

Special screenings

The following films were shown as special screenings.

Short films

The following films competed for the Short Film Palme d'Or.

Director's Fortnight

The documentary film Benda Bilili! about disabled Kinshasa street musicians Staff Benda Bilili had its world premiere at the festival, with the group in attendance and performing at the Director's Fortnight opening party.


The winners of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival were:

  • Palme d'Or – Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives by Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Grand Prix – Of Gods and Men by Xavier Beauvois
  • Prix de la mise en scène – Mathieu Amalric for On Tour
  • Prix du scénario – Poetry by Lee Chang-dong
  • Prix du Jury – A Screaming Man by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine – Juliette Binoche for Certified Copy
  • Prix d'interprétation masculine
  • Javier Bardem for Biutiful
  • Elio Germano for Our Life
  • Palme d'Or du court métrage – Barking Island by Serge Avédikian
  • Prix du Jury du court métrage – Bathing Micky by Frida Kempff
  • Prix Un Certain Regard – Hahaha by Hong Sang-soo
  • Un Certain Regard – Jury Prize – October by Daniel Vega, Diego Vega
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine Un Certain Regard – Adela Sanchez, Eva Bianco, Victoria Raposo for The Lips
  • Cinéfondation
  • 1st Prize – The Painting Sellers by Juho Kuosmanen
  • 2nd Prize – Anywhere Out of the World by Vincent Cardona
  • 3rd Prize – The Fifth Column by Vatche Boulghourjian and I Already am Everything I Want to Have by Dane Komljenk
  • Caméra d'Or – Año Bisiesto by Michael Rowe
  • References

    2010 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia

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