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2008 Cannes Film Festival

2008 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 61st Cannes Film Festival featuring a photo of model Anouk Marguerite and photographed by Pierre Collier.[1]
Opening film Blindness
Closing film What Just Happened
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (Entre les murs)
Hosted by Édouard Baer[2]
Number of films 22 (En Competition)[3]
20 (Un Certain Regard)
8 (Out of Competition)
17 (Cinéfondation)
7 (Special screening)
9 (Short Film)
Festival date 14 May 2008 (2008-05-14) – 25 May 2008 (2008-05-25)
Website /en.comfestival-cannes

The 61st Annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 14 to May 25, 2008. In addition to films selected for competition this year, major Hollywood productions such as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Kung Fu Panda had their world premieres at the festival.

The festival opened with Blindness,[4] directed by Fernando Meirelles and closed with What Just Happened, directed by Barry Levinson.[5] The film poster for the festival featured model Anouk Marguerite and photographed by Pierre Collier.[6] Hunger, directed by Steve McQueen, opened the Un Certain Regard section.[7]

The British press reported the list of films in competition this year was notable for its absence of British films for the second successive year.[8][9]

Feature film competition

Festival line-up

English title Original title Director(s) Country
Opener Blindness Fernando Meirelles Brazil
Closer What Just Happened Barry Levinson United States

Films in competition[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
24 City 二十四城记/二十四城記
Er shi si cheng ji
Jia Zhangke China
Adoration Atom Egoyan Canada
Blindness Fernando Meirelles Brazil
Changeling Clint Eastwood United States
Che (Part I: The Argentine and Part II: Guerilla) Steven Soderbergh United States
A Christmas Tale Un conte de Noël Arnaud Desplechin France
The Class Entre les murs Laurent Cantet France
Delta Kornél Mundruczó Hungary
Il Divo Paolo Sorrentino Italy
Frontier of Dawn La frontière de l'aube Philippe Garrel France
Gomorrah Gomorra Matteo Garrone Italy
The Headless Woman La mujer sin cabeza Lucrecia Martel Argentina
Leonera Pablo Trapero Argentina
Linha de Passe Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas Brazil
My Magic Eric Khoo Singapore
Palermo Shooting Wim Wenders Germany
Service Serbis Brillante Mendoza Philippines
Lorna's Silence Le silence de Lorna Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne Belgium
Synecdoche, New York Charlie Kaufman United States
Three Monkeys Üç Maymun Nuri Bilge Ceylan Turkey
Two Lovers James Gray United States
Waltz with Bashir ואלס עם באשיר
Vals Am Bashir
Ari Folman Israel

Films out of competition

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Good, the Bad, the Weird 좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈
Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom
Kim Jee-woon South Korea
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Steven Spielberg United States
Kung Fu Panda John Stevenson and Mark Osborne United States
Vicky Cristina Barcelona Woody Allen United States

Midnight screening

English title Original title Director(s) Country
The Chaser 추격자 Chugyeogja Na Hong-jin South Korea
Maradona Emir Kusturica Serbia
Surveillance Jennifer Chambers Lynch United States

Special Screenings

Un certain regard

Competition shorts


International competition

Un certain regard

Director Clint Eastwood at the festival promoting Changeling

Camera d'or

Cinefondation and short films



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  4. ^ Cannes Film Festival 2008 opener: the end of civilisation. December 10, 2013
  5. ^ 2008 Cannes Film Festival Lineup. December 10, 2013
  6. ^ Posters 2008. December 10, 2013
  7. ^ Visceral Brit offering opens Un Certain Regard section. December 10, 2013
  8. ^ . April 23, 2008The IndependentCannes Film Festival snubs British movies for the second year running.
  9. ^ Indiana Jones steals the show as Cannes ignores British films. Times Online. April 24, 2008
  10. ^ Festival de Cannes : Official Selection 2008
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  13. ^ Festival de Cannes : Film details 2008

External links

  • Official Cannes Festival Site (in English)
  • Cannes Film Festival 2008 Coverage at
  • Official Selection, Edition 2008
  • Cannes Film Festival 2008
  • 61ème Festival de Cannes
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