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

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.

Feature film competition

2008 Cannes Film Festival

Festival line-up

Films in competition

Films out of competition

Midnight screening

Special Screenings

  • Of Time and the City (by Terence Davies, UK)
  • Chelsea on the rocks (by Abel Ferrara)
  • Sanguepazzo (by Marco Tullio Giordana, Italy-France)
  • C'est dur d'être aimé par des cons (by Daniel Leconte)
  • Ashes of Time Redux (by Wong Kar-wai, China)
  • Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired (by Marina Zenovich, USA-UK)
  • The Third Wave by Alison Thompson
  • Ghatothkach by (Singeetam Srinivasa Rao, India)
  • Sarkar Raj (Marché du Film) by (Ram Gopal Varma, India)

Un certain regard

  • Afterschool, by Antonio Campos
  • Hunger, by Steve McQueen
  • De ofrivilliga, by Ruben Östlund
  • Je veux voir, by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige
  • Johnny Mad Dog, by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire
  • A Festa De Menina Morta, by Matheus Nachtergaele
  • La Vie moderne, by Raymond Depardon
  • Le Sel de la mer, by Annemarie Jacir
  • Los Bastardos, by Amat Escalante
  • O' Horten, by Bent Hamer
  • Parking, by Chung Mong-Hong
  • Soi Cowboy, by Thomas Clay
  • Tokyo!, by Michel Gondry, Leos Carax and Bong Joon-ho
  • Tokyo Sonata, by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Tulpan, by Sergey Dvortsevoy
  • Tyson, by James Toback
  • Versailles, by Pierre Schoeller
  • Wendy and Lucy, by Kelly Reichardt
  • Wolke 9, by Andreas Dresen
  • Yi Ban Haishui, Yi Ban Huoyan, by Fendou Liu

Competition shorts

  • 411-Z, by Daniel Erdélyi
  • Buen Viaje, by Javier Palleiro
  • De moins en moins, by Mélanie Laurent (France)
  • El Deseo (film), by Marie Benito
  • Jerrycan, by Julius Avery
  • Love You More, by Sam Taylor-Wood
  • Megatron, by Marian CriÅŸan
  • My Rabbit Hoppy, by Anthony Lucas
  • Smafuglar, by Rúnar Rúnarsson


2008 Cannes Film Festival

International competition

  • Sean Penn, American actor and director (president)
  • Jeanne Balibar, French actress and singer
  • Rachid Bouchareb, Franco-Algerian director
  • Sergio Castellitto, Italian actor and director
  • Alfonso Cuaron, Mexican director
  • Alexandra Maria Lara, German/Romanian actress
  • Natalie Portman, Israeli-American actress
  • Marjane Satrapi, Iranian-French author and director
  • Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Thai director

Un certain regard

  • Fatih Akin, Turkish-German director (president)

Camera d'or

  • Bruno Dumont, French director (president)

Cinefondation and short films

  • Hou Hsiao Hsien, Taiwanese director (president)
  • Olivier Assayas, French director
  • Susanne Bier, Danish director
  • Marina Hands, French actress
  • Laurence Kardish, American curator


2008 Cannes Film Festival
  • Palme d'Or - Laurent Cantet for Entre les murs
  • Grand Prix - Matteo Garrone for Gomorra
  • Prix de la mise en scène - Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Üç Maymun
  • Prix du Jury - Paolo Sorrentino for Il Divo
  • Prix du scénario - Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne for Le Silence de Lorna
  • Prix d'interprétation féminine du Festival de Cannes - Sandra Corveloni in Linha de Passe directed by Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas
  • Prix d'interprétation masculine du Festival de Cannes - Benicio del Toro in Che directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • Prix du 61ème anniversaire - ex aequo, Catherine Deneuve for Un conte de Noël, and Clint Eastwood for Changeling
  • Camera d'Or - Steve McQueen for Hunger
  • Palme d'Or - Short Film - Megatron (film) directed by Marian CriÅŸan


2008 Cannes Film Festival

External links

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

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