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2013 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film
The Great Gatsby

Cannes, France

Hosted by
Audrey Tautou

Closing film


2013 Cannes Film Festival

Palme d'Or (Blue Is the Warmest Colour)

The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival took place in Cannes, France, from 15 to 26 May 2013. Steven Spielberg was the head of the jury for the main competition. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the Cinéfondation and Short Film sections. French actress Audrey Tautou hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. Actress Kim Novak was named guest of honour and introduced a new restored version of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.


The festival opened with The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann and closed with Zulu, directed by Jérôme Salle. The film poster for the festival featured Paul Newman and his wife Joanne Woodward. The Bling Ring, directed by Sofia Coppola, opened the Un Certain Regard section.

The French film Blue Is the Warmest Colour won the Palme d'Or. In an unprecedented move, along with the director, the Jury decided to take "the exceptional step" of awarding the film's two main actresses, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux, with the Palme d'Or.

On the occasion of 100 Years of Indian Cinema, India was the Official Guest Country at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Seven Indian feature films were premiered among various sections on the festival. Actress Vidya Balan was one of the official Jury of the festival. The first Incredible India Exhibition, a joint participation of the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Republic of India was inaugurated by Indian delegate Chiranjeevi.


The following films have been selected for the In Competition section:

Un Certain Regard

The following films have been selected in the Un Certain Regard section:

Out of Competition

The following films were selected to play out of competition:

Gala Screening
Midnight Screenings
Jerry Lewis Tribute
Special Screenings

Short Films

Out of 3,500 submissions, the following films were selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d'Or.


The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following 18 entries (14 fiction films and 4 animation films) were selected, out of 1,550 submissions from 277 different schools. One-third of the films selected represented schools competing for the first time. It was also the first time for a Chilean film to be selected in Cinéfondation.

Directors' Fortnight

The line-up for the Directors' Fortnight was announced at a press conference on 23 April with the following films being selected.

Feature films

International Critics' Week

The line-up for the International Critics’ Week was announced on 22 April at the section's website. The following films were selected:

Feature films
Special Screenings
Marché du Film

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.

Main competition

  • Steven Spielberg, American film director (President)
  • Daniel Auteuil, French actor
  • Vidya Balan, Indian actress
  • Naomi Kawase, Japanese film director
  • Ang Lee, Taiwanese-American film director
  • Nicole Kidman, Australian actress
  • Cristian Mungiu, Romanian film director
  • Lynne Ramsay, Scottish film director
  • Christoph Waltz, Austrian-German actor
  • Un Certain Regard

  • Thomas Vinterberg, Danish film director (President)
  • Zhang Ziyi, Chinese actress
  • Ludivine Sagnier, French actress
  • Ilda Santiago, Festival do Rio director
  • Enrique Gonzalez Macho, Spanish producer and distributor
  • Caméra d'Or

  • Agnès Varda, French film director (President)
  • Isabel Coixet, Spanish film director
  • Régis Wargnier, French film director
  • Chloe Rolland, Syndicat de la Critique
  • Michel Abramowicz, AFC
  • Eric Guirado, SRF
  • Gwenole Bruneau, FICAM
  • Cinéfondation and short films

  • Jane Campion, New Zealand film director (President)
  • Maji-da Abdi, Ethiopian actress and film director
  • Nicoletta Braschi, Italian actress and producer
  • Nandita Das, Indian actress and film director
  • Semih Kaplanoğlu, Turkish film director
  • International Critics' Week

    Nespresso Grand Prize
  • Miguel Gomes, Portuguese film director (President)
  • Dennis Lim, American film programmer and critic
  • Alin Taşçıyan, Turkish film critic
  • Neil Young, English film curator and critic
  • Alex Vicente, Spanish film journalist
  • Discovery Award for Short Film
  • Mia Hansen-Løve, French film director (President)
  • Brad Deane, Canadian film curator
  • Savina Neirotti, Italian program officer for the Biennale College of Cinema
  • Johannes Palermos, Swedish program coordinator at the Stockholm International Film Festival
  • Lorna Tee, Malaysian film festival consultant and film producer
  • France 4 Visionary Award
  • Mia Hansen-Løve, French film director (President)
  • Luo Jin, Chinese film critic
  • Eren Odabasi, Turkish film critic
  • Thiago Stivaletti, Brazilian film critic
  • Simon Pellegry, French film critic
  • Official selection

    The French film Blue Is the Warmest Colour, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche, won the Palme d'Or. In a first for the competition, the jury decided to award the Palme d'Or to Kechiche and the actresses who star in the film: Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. Blue Is the Warmest Colour is a coming-of-age film that tells the story of a lesbian relationship between a 15-year-old girl and an older woman. It has shocked some critics with its graphic and controversial sex scenes. A reporter for the Radio France Internationale stated that Kechiche paid tribute to the "Tunisian revolution" and "the right to love freely" during his acceptance speech. The president of the jury, Steven Spielberg, said "The film is a great love story … We were absolutely spellbound by the two brilliant young actresses, and the way the director observed his young players." The Grand Prix was won by the Coen brothers's Inside Llewyn Davis, while Bruce Dern and Bérénice Bejo were awarded Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

    In Competition
  • Palme d'Or – Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Honorary Palme d'Or – Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux for Blue Is the Warmest Colour
  • Grand Prix – Inside Llewyn Davis by Joel & Ethan Coen
  • Best Director – Amat Escalante for Heli
  • Best Screenplay – Jia Zhangke for A Touch of Sin
  • Best Actress – Bérénice Bejo for The Past
  • Best Actor – Bruce Dern for Nebraska
  • Jury Prize – Like Father, Like Son by Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Un Certain Regard
  • Prize of Un Certain Regard – The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh
  • Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize – Omar by Hany Abu-Assad
  • Un Certain Regard Best Director – Alain Guiraudie for Stranger by the Lake
  • Un Certain Regard Best First Film – Fruitvale Station by Ryan Coogler
  • A Certain Talent – Diego Quemada-Diez for The Golden Cage
  • Short Films
  • Short Film Palme d'Or – Safe by Moon Byoung-gon
  • Special Distinction Ex-aequo:
  • Hvalfjordur (Whale Valley) by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson
  • 37°4 S by Adriano Valerio
  • Golden Camera
  • Caméra d'Or – Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen
  • Parallel sections

    Directors' Fortnight
  • Art Cinema Award – Me, Myself and Mum by Guillaume Gallienne
  • Prix SACD – Me, Myself and Mum by Guillaume Gallienne
  • Europa Cinemas – The Selfish Giant by Clio Barnard
  • Premier Prix Illy for Short Filmmaking – A Wild Goose Chase by Joao Nicolau
  • Special Mention – About a Month by Andre Novais Oliveira
  • International Critics' Week
  • Nespresso Grand Prize – Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza
  • France 4 Visionary Award– Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza
  • Special Mention – Los Dueños by Agustín Toscano and Ezequiel Radusky
  • Discovery Award for short film - Come and Play by Daria Belova
  • Canal+ Short Film Award - Pleasure by Ninja Thyberg
  • Independent awards

    FIPRESCI Prize
  • In Competition – Blue Is the Warmest Colour by Abdellatif Kechiche
  • Un Certain Regard – Manuscripts Don't Burn by Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Directors' Fortnight – Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier
  • Ecumenical Jury
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – The Past by Asghar Farhadi
  • Commendations:
  • Miele by Valeria Golino
  • Like Father, Like Son by Hirokazu Koreeda
  • Prix François Chalais
  • François Chalais Prize – Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski
  • Queer Palm Jury
  • Queer Palm Award – Stranger by the Lake by Alain Guiraudie
  • Palm Dog Jury
  • Palm Dog Award – Baby Boy in Behind the Candelabra
  • Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist
  • Vulcan Award – Antoine Heberlé for Grigris (cinematography)
  • References

    2013 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia