58th Festival de Cannes

11.05.2005 to 22.05.2005
Das Kind (L'enfant)

Winner of the Golden Palm: "L'enfant" by the Dardenne brothers (© Festival de Cannes)

With films by David Cronenberg (A History of Violence), Gus Van Sant (Last Days), Hou Hsia Hsien (Three Times), Lars von Trier (Manderlay) or Wim Wenders (Don't come Knocking), among others the International Competition of Cannes 2005 again showcased a number of illustrious film directors - whereby none of the forementioned won an award. The prize of the Ecumenical Jury chaired by Hans Hodel went to Michael Haneke's Caché which also received the Fipresci (International Film Critics) Award and the Award for Best Direction by the International Jury. The winner of the Golden Palm was L'enfant, directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. They got the prestigious award for the second time. Later, L'enfant would be winner of the European Templeton Film Award as Best film of the Year, a prize awarded by INTERFILM.


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The intimate universe of a television presenter is filmed by an anonymous voyeur. These images, which are sent to him, are worrisome and disturbing, because they resuscitate events from his childhood and resonate in the present. In a pure style, the director evokes the complexity of one’s responsibility towards the past and History.

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The jury awards a Commendation to Delwende by S. Pierre Yameogo for the story of a courageous young woman who stands up to the patriarchal power in her African village, setting the values of solidarity and truth against certain oppressive customs and superstitions.

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Film critic Ron Holloway reviews the panorama of the 58th Festival de Cannes 2005.