59th Festival de Cannes

17.05.2006 to 28.05.2006

The Ecumenical Jury Cannes 2006 © Daniel Beguin)

The Ecumenical Jury awarded its Prize to "Babel" by Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárittu and a Commendation to "Z odzysku" (Retrieval) by Slavomir Fabicki. Winner of the Golden Palm was Ken Loach's "The Wind That Shakes the Barley".

Link: Website of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes (in French) 



Our world relies on a seemingly global, immediate and comprehensive form of communication. But this is merely an illusion that breeds isolation, stereotype and fear of the "other" (person, culture, community, generation, gender,…). Babel shows that a true relationship can only be achieved by renouncing the control of everything in order to embrace one another's strengths and weaknesses.

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"Z odzysku" shows that in a society where the power of money and violence seems to act as an irresistible attraction, happiness can only be achieved by other means. In the end, the hero, having lost everything but his dignity, finds the courage to risk his own life to find the ones that love him.

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Film critic Ron Holloway in his report reviews the competition entries of the Festival de Cannes 2006, and portrays the event as a whole.
Ron Holloway reviews the accessory sections of the Festival de Cannes 2006.