61st Festival de Cannes

14.05.2008 to 25.05.2008

Atom Egoyan's "Adoration" is the winner of the Ecumenical Jury's Prize in Cannes 2008. The Golden Palm of the International Jury was awarded to Laurent Cantet's "Entre le mur" (The Class), while Italian Matteo Garrone took the Grand Prix for his "Gomorra" (Gomorrah).

Photo: Atom Egoyan at the award ceremony, with (from left) Alyda Faber, Joël Baumann, and jury president René Aucourt.

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

Awards of the Ecumenical Jury

Simons Geheimnis
Directed by:

Simon, an adolescent with a complex family history, attempts to create his identity while overcoming cultural stereotypes. His invented personal story, which he presents to his class, explodes in Internet forums. He must contend both emotionally and intellectually with the issues raised. Using a poetic cinematography, the director presents traditional and contemporary symbols and objects to invite us to re-evaluate existing clichés about the Other or that which is foreign in our own culture and religion.