History of the Cannes Film Festival – Part VIII the 2000s

Posted by Larry Gleeson

At the begin of the 21st century, Cannes was the premier cinema occasion in the world. It stood out from the different worldwide movie festivals occasions comparable to the Berlinale and Venice festivals.



And, to additional strengthen the indissoluble hyperlink that united Cannes with the most essential cultural occasion in the world, the International Film Festival turned the Cannes Film Festival in 2002, below the impetus of Cannes Mayor and Member of Parliament, Bernard Brochand.



The arrival of the new millennium caused adjustments in consciousness below the filmgoers educated eye. After the creation of the Camra d’Or, awarded to the Best First Film, the Festival went a step additional by recognizing the greatest film-school quick movies with the creation of Cinfondation in 1998.

In 2000, the Festival continued to indicate its assist for brand new skills by creating a brand new initiative referred to as The Residence to welcome younger filmmakers and assist them develop their initiatives. 2005 noticed one other innovation referred to as the Children’s Session, a category for the youngest followers to encourage their curiosity about cinema.

In 2002, for the fifty fifth anniversary of the Festival, the high award went to different American director, Michael Moore, for Bowling for Columbine. Two years later Moore obtained a second Palme d’Or for Fahrenheit 9/11.



American cinema d’auteur was nonetheless in favor in 2003 when Gus Van Sant gained the Palme d’Or and the award for Best Director. His movie Elephant recounted the day that two youngsters gunned down their fellow college students in a college in Columbine in America.



The Festival thus needed to encourage relations between cinema professionals and defend its pursuits towards exterior influences. Furthermore, historic occasions had been seared into the publics thoughts, on this case, the terrorist assaults of September 11, 2001, in the United States, or the bomb threats of 2002, demonstrating the significance of the tensions weighing on the occasion because it was taking place.


Fahrenheit 9/11


Nonetheless, the Festival was not proof against such media/political phenomena, as may be seen with the launch of Michael Moores Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004, with took a place favorable to France throughout the Iraq battle and the wrong-minded American technique.

In 2005, the Festival emphasised its International dimension. The Festival’s Atelier (Workshop), organized by the Cinfondation, invited 18 filmmakers from round the world to return to Cannes to current their initiatives to producers throughout the Festival. A brand new program, referred to as ‘All the cinemas of the World’, supplied completely different nations the probability to current their movies.


Thierry Fremaux

Thierry Fremaux, who was appointed Delegate General in 2007, mentioned: The Festival can be a marketplace for worldwide patrons and sellers; at present it’s the end result, not the start line. It was once that movies had been found right here. Now, every part is finished upstream and the alternatives are identified to the professionals one month earlier than they’re made public. But gross sales are sometimes finalized after screening at Cannes.


In 2007, the Festival celebrated its 60th anniversary. It continued to denounce a fragile world in want of unity. Both 2007 and 2009, the Palme d’or was given to motion pictures that referenced a painful previous: 4 months, 3 weeks and a couple of days from director Cristian Mungiu advised the story of two younger women, making an attempt to abort in Ceaucescu’s Romania , and The White Ribbon from Michael Haneke darkly depicted society and household in a northern German village simply earlier than World War I.

However, in 2008, Jury President Sean Penn said, he wished to reward a filmmaker who was “very aware of the times within which he lives.” Consequently, The Class from Laurent Cantet obtained the Palme d’or in 2008. The movie depicted  a French trainer (Franois Bgaudeau, each trainer and author, is appearing his personal half in the film ), and his expertise, throughout one entire college 12 months, in instructing French class to racially blended college students in a troublesome Parisian neighborhood.

Although the industrial blockbusters had been largely absent from the competitors, their stars may usually be seen on La Croisette, and unbiased movies had been additionally opponents to be reckoned with.


Image Source: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain


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