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2012 Cannes Film Festival

65th Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 65th Cannes Film Festival featuring a photo of American actress Marilyn Monroe
Opening film Moonrise Kingdom
Closing film Thérèse Desqueyroux
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (Amour)
Hosted by Bérénice Bejo
Number of films 22 (In Competition)
20 (Un Certain Regard)
10 (Short Film)
Festival date May 16 – 27, 2012

The 65th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from May 16 to May 27, 2012.[1][2] Italian film director Nanni Moretti was the President of the Jury for the main competition[3] and British actor Tim Roth was the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section.[4] French actress Bérénice Bejo hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.[5]

The festival opened with the US film Moonrise Kingdom, directed by Wes Anderson and closed with the late Claude Miller's final film Thérèse Desqueyroux.[6] The main announcement of the line-up took place on April 19. The official poster of the festival features Marilyn Monroe, to mark the 50th anniversary of her death.[7]

The Palme d'Or was awarded to Austrian director Michael Haneke for his film Amour. Haneke previously won the Palme d'Or in 2009 for The White Ribbon. The jury gave the Grand Prize to Matteo Garrone's Reality, while Ken Loach's The Angels' Share was awarded the Jury Prize.

Official selection

The official selection was announced on 19 April at Grand Hôtel in Paris. Among comments after the announcement, journalists noted the unusually high number of Hollywood films in the line-up, the absence of any female director in the main competition, as well as the absence of competing first-time feature film directors.[8][9] The festival's artistic leader Thierry Frémaux responded that people should not focus only on the competition films: "The selection is an ensemble; you have to consider the whole package."[9]


The following films were selected as In Competition:[10][11]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country/countries
Moonrise Kingdom (opening film) N/A Wes Anderson United States
Rust and Bone De rouille et d'os Jacques Audiard France, Belgium
Holy Motors N/A Leos Carax France, Germany
Cosmopolis N/A David Cronenberg France, Canada
The Paperboy N/A Lee Daniels United States
Killing Them Softly N/A Andrew Dominik United States
Reality N/A Matteo Garrone Italy, France
Love Amour Michael Haneke France, Germany, Austria
Lawless N/A John Hillcoat United States
In Another Country 다른 나라에서, Da-Reun Na-Ra-e-Suh Hong Sang-soo South Korea
The Taste of Money 돈의 맛, Donui Mat Im Sang-soo South Korea
Like Someone in Love ライク・サムワン・イン・ラブ Abbas Kiarostami France, Japan
The Angels' Share N/A Ken Loach United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Italy
In the Fog В тумане, V tumane Sergei Loznitsa Germany, Russia, Latvia, Netherlands, Belarus
Beyond the Hills După dealuri Cristian Mungiu Romania, France, Belgium
After the Battle بعد الموقعة, Baad el Mawkeaa Yousry Nasrallah Egypt, France
Mud N/A Jeff Nichols United States
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet! Vous n'avez encore rien vu Alain Resnais France, Germany
Post Tenebras Lux N/A Carlos Reygadas Mexico, France, Germany, Netherlands
On the Road Sur la route Walter Salles Brazil, France, United Kingdom, United States
Paradise: Love Paradies: Liebe Ulrich Seidl Austria, Germany, France
The Hunt Jagten Thomas Vinterberg Denmark, Sweden

Un Certain Regard

The following films were screened in the Un Certain Regard section:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Miss Lovely* N/A Ashim Ahluwalia India
La Playa DC* La Playa Juan Andrés Arango Colombia
God's Horses Les Chevaux De Dieu Nabil Ayouch Morocco
Children of Sarajevo Djeca Aida Begić Bosnia-Herzegovina
Renoir Renoir Gilles Bourdos France
Three Worlds Trois monde Catherine Corsini France
Antiviral* N/A Brandon Cronenberg Canada
7 Days in Havana 7 días en La Habana Julio Médem
Laurent Cantet
Juan Carlos Tabío
Benicio del Toro
Gaspar Noé
Pablo Trapero
Elia Suleiman
Le grand soir Le grand soir Benoît Delépine, Gustave de Kervern France
Laurence Anyways N/A Xavier Dolan Canada
Después de Lucía Después de Lucía Michel Franco Mexico
Gimme the Loot* Gimme the Loot Adam Leon United States
Loving Without Reason Aimer à perdre la raison Joachim Lafosse France, Belgium
Student N/A Darezhan Omirbaev Kazakhstan
The Pirogue La Pirogue Moussa Toure Senegal
White Elephant Elefante blanco Pablo Trapero Argentina
Confession of a Child of the Century La confession d'un enfant du siècle Sylvie Verheyde France
11:25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate 自決の日 三島由紀夫と若者たち, 11.25 Jiketsu no Hi: Mishima Yukio to Wakamonotachi Kōji Wakamatsu Japan
Mystery 浮城谜事 Lou Ye China
Beasts of the Southern Wild* N/A Benh Zeitlin United States

Out of Competition

The following films were screened out of competition:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Me and You Io e te Bernardo Bertolucci Italy
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted N/A Eric Darnell
Tom McGrath
Conrad Vernon
United States
Hemingway & Gellhorn Hemingway & Gellhorn Philip Kaufman United States
Thérèse Desqueyroux (closing film) Thérèse Desqueyroux Claude Miller France
Cruel Summer N/A Kanye West United States/Qatar
Midnight Screenings
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Dario Argento's Dracula Dario Argento's Dracula Dario Argento Italy, France, Spain
The Sapphires* The Sapphires Wayne Blair Australia
Maniac Maniac Franck Khalfoun United States, France
For Love's Sake 愛と誠, Ai to Makoto Takashi Miike Japan
65th Anniversary
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Film Anniversary: A Special Day Le Film anniversaire : Une journée particulière - Histoire(s) de festival N°4 Gilles Jacob, Samuel Faure France

Special Screenings

The following films were screened in the Special Screenings section:[10]

English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Polluting Paradise Der Müll im Garten Eden Fatih Akın Germany
Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir Laurent Bouzereau United Kingdom, Germany
Trashed Trashed Candida Brady United Kingdom
The Central Park Five The Central Park Five Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon United States
Les Invisibles Les Invisibles Sébastien Lifshitz France
Journal de France Journal de France Claudine Nougaret, Raymond Depardon France
The Music According to Antonio Carlos Jobim A Música Segundo Tom Jobim Nelson Pereira Dos Santos Brazil
Villegas* Villegas Gonzalo Tobal Argentina, Netherlands, France
Mekong Hotel Mekong Hotel Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand

Short Films

Out of 4,500 submissions, the following films were selected for the short film competition:[12]
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
My Holy Glance Mi Santa Mirada Alvaro Aponte-Centeno Puerto Rico
Gasp Gasp Eicke Bettinga Germany
This Way Before Me Ce Chemin Devant Moi Mohamed Bourokba France
Waiting for P.O. Box Falastein, sandouk al intezar lil burtuqal Bassam Chekhes Syria
The Chair The Chair Grainger David United States
Night Shift Night Shift Zia Mandivwalla New Zealand
Pack Leader Chef de meute Chloé Robichaud Canada
Yardbird Yardbird Michael Spiccia Australia
Cockaigne Cockaigne Emilie Verhamme Belgium
Silent Sessiz-Bêdeng L. Rezan Yesilbas Turkey


The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following entries were selected, out of more than 1,700 submissions from 320 different schools:[12]

English title Original title Director(s) School
Behind Me Olive Trees Derrière moi les oliviers Pascale Abou Jamra ALBA, Lebanon
The Barber Riyoushi Shoichi Akino Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan
The Raptures Les Ravissements Arthur Cahn La Fémis, France
Slug Invasion Slug Invasion Morten Helgeland The Animation Workshop, Denmark
Tambylles Tambylles Michal Hogenauer FAMU, Czech Republic
Matteus Matteus Leni Huyghe Sint-Lukas Brussels, Belgium
The Camp in Răzoare Tabăra din Răzoare Cristi Iftime UNATC, Romania
The Road to Doroga na Taisia Igumenseva VGIK, Russia
Land Terra Piero Messina CSC, Italy
The Hosts Los anfitriones Miguel Angel Moulet EICTV, Cuba
The Ballad of Finn + Yeti The Ballad of Finn + Yeti Meryl O'Connor UCLA, USA
Head over Heels Head Over Heels Timothy Reckart NFTS, United Kingdom
Abigail Abigail Matthew James Reilly NYU, USA
Dog Leash Resen Eti Tsicko TAU, Israel
Could See a Puma Pude ver un puma Eduardo Williams UCINE, Argentina

Parallel sections

Directors' Fortnight

The line-up for the Directors' Fortnight was announced at a press conference on 24 April.[13] The following films were selected:[14]

Feature films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
The Repentant El Taaib Merzak Allouache Algeria
Room 237* Room 237 Rodney Ascher United States
Ernest & Celestine Ernest et Célestine Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar, Benjamin Renner France, Belgium, Luxembourg
Clandestine Childhood Infancia clandestina Benjamin Ávila Argentina, Spain, Brazil
Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram* Yek Khanévadéh-e Mohtaram Massoud Bakhshi Iran
Hold Back* Rengaine Rachid Djaïdani France
The We and the I The We and the I Michel Gondry United States
Dangerous Liaisons Dangerous Liaisons Hur Jin-ho China, South Korea
Gangs of Wasseypur Gangs of Wasseypur Anurag Kashyap India
No No Pablo Larraín Chile, United States
Camille Rewinds Camille redouble Noémie Lvovsky France
Fogo Fogo Yulene Olaizola Mexico, Canada
Granny's Funeral Adieu Berthe, l'enterrement de mémé Bruno Podalydès France
Dream and Silence Sueño y silencio Jaime Rosales Spain, France
Night Across the Street La noche de enfrente Raúl Ruiz France, Chile
3 3 Pablo Stoll Uruguay, Germany, Argentina
La Sirga* La Sirga William Vega Colombia, France, Mexico
Opération Libertad Opération Libertad Nicolas Wadimoff Switzerland, France
Alyah* Alyah Elie Wajeman France
Sightseers Sightseers Ben Wheatley United Kingdom
The King of Pigs* 돼지의 왕, Dae-gi-eui-wang Yeun Sang-ho South Korea
Short films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Drawn from Memory Portret Z Pamieci Marcin Bortkiewicz Poland
The Curse The Curse Fyzal Boulifa United Kingdom, Morocco
The Living Also Cry Os vivos tambem choram Basil da Cunha Switzerland, Portugal
Wrong Cops Wrong Cops Quentin Dupieux France
With Jeff Avec Jeff Marie-Eve Juste Canada
Rodri Rodri Franco Lolli France
Königsberg Königsberg Philipp Mayrhofer France
Tram Tram Michaela Pavlátová France, Czech Republic
The Living Dead Os mortos-vivos Anita Rocha da Silveira Brazil
Enraged Pigs Porcos Raivosos Leonardo Sette, Isabel Penoni Brazil

International Critics' Week

The line-up for the International Critics’ Week was announced on 23 April at the section's website. The feature competition consists entirely of directorial debuts, something the section's artistic director Charles Tesson stressed was not intentional, but only the way it turned out when the submissions had been judged by quality.[15] The following films were selected:[16]

Feature films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Peddlers* Halahal Vasan Bala India
The Wild Ones* Los Salvajes Alejandro Fadel Argentina
Beyond the Walls* Hors les murs David Lambert Belgium, Canada, France
Au galop* Au galop Louis-Do de Lencquesaing France
Aqui y alla* Aqui y alla Antonio Méndez Esparza Spain, United States, Mexico
Sofia's Last Ambulance* Sofia's Last Ambulance Ilian Metev Germany, Croatia, Bulgaria
God's Neighbors* Les Voisins de Dieu Meni Yaesh Israel, France
Short and medium length films
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Family Dinner Family Dinner Stefan Constantinescu Sweden
Yeguas y cotorras Yeguas y cotorras Natalia Garagiola Argentina
Red River, Song Hong Fleuve rouge, Song Hong Stéphanie Lansaque and François Leroy France
Hazara Hazara Shay Levi Israel
A Sunday Morning Un dimanche matin Damien Manivel France
Horizon Horizon Paul Negoescu Romania
It's Not a Cowboy Movie Ce n'est pas un film de cow-boys Benjamin Parent France
Doppelgänger O Duplo Juliana Rojas Brazil
The Dickslap La Bifle Jean-Baptiste Saurel France
Circle Line 순환선, Soonhwanseon Shin Suwon South Korea
Special Screenings
English title Original title Director(s) Production country
Maddened by His Absence J'enrage de son absence Sandrine Bonnaire France, Luxembourg, Belgium
Broken Broken Rufus Norris United Kingdom
Augustine Augustine Alice Winocour France


* Directorial debut feature; eligible for the Caméra d'Or
Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


The main competition jury; from left to right: Alexander Payne, Andrea Arnold, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hiam Abbass, Emmanuelle Devos, Raoul Peck, Diane Kruger, Nanni Moretti, Ewan McGregor, and festival president Gilles Jacob
Nanni Moretti, head of the main competition jury
Un Certain Regard
Caméra d'Or[18]
  • Carlos Diegues, Brazilian film director (President)
  • Gloria Satta, Italian film journalist
  • Rémy Chevrin, French cinematographer
  • Hervé Icovic, French art director
  • Michel Andrieu, French film director
  • Francis Gavelle, French film critic
Cinéfoundation and short films[19]


Official selection

In Competition[20]

The Palme d'Or was won by the French-language film Amour directed by Michael Haneke. Haneke previously won the award for The White Ribbon in 2009.[21] Love tells the story of an elderly couple preparing for death.[22] During his acceptance speech, the director said "A very, very big thanks to my actors who have made this film. It's their film. They are the essence of this film."[21]

Moretti said that none of the winners had been selected unanimously, and described such an outcome as "a middle ground that would have pleased no one". He revealed that Holy Motors, Paradise: Love and Post Tenebras Lux were the entries that most had divided the jury.[23]

Un Certain Regard[20]
Short Films[20]
  • 1st Prize – The Road to by Taisia Igumentseva
  • 2nd Prize – Abigail by Matthew James Reilly
  • 3rd Prize – The Hosts by Miguel Angel Moulet
Golden Camera[20]

Parallel sections

Directors' Fortnight[24]
Critics' Week[25]

Independent awards

FIPRESCI Prize[26]
Ecumenical Jury[26]
Prize of the Youth Jury[27]
Queer Palm Jury[28]
Palm Dog Jury[29]


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External links

  • Official Cannes Festival Site (in English)
  • Short Film Corner catalogue
  • 65th Cannes Film Festival 2012
  • 65ème Festival de Cannes
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