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Jurors: Isabelle Adjani (president), Paul Auster, Luc Bondy, Tim Burton, Patrick Dupond, Gong Li, Mike Leigh, Nanni Moretti, Michael Ondaatje, Mira Sorvino

Palme d'Or:The Eel, Japan, dir. Shohei Imamura
Taste of Cherry, Iran, dir. Abbas Kiarostami
Grand Jury Prize:The Sweet Hereafter, Canada, dir. Atom Egoyan
Jury Prize:Western, France, dir. Manuel Poirier
Best Director:Happy Together, Wong Kar-Wai
Best Actress:Nil by Mouth, Kathy Burke
Best Actor:She's So Lovely, Sean Penn
Best Screenplay:The Ice Storm, James Schamus
Technical Grand Prize:The Fifth Element and She's So Lovely, Thierry Arbogast, cinematographer
    Critics Prize:
The Sweet Hereafter, Canada, dir. Atom Egoyan
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury:The Sweet Hereafter, Canada, dir. Atom Egoyan
Caméra d'Or (first feature):Suzaku, Japan, Naomi Kawase

Competition Films I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
My Palme d'Or
Taste of Cherry (Iran, dir. Abbas Kiarostami) -

Happy Together (Hong Kong, dir. Wong Kar-wai) -

L.A. Confidential (USA, dir. Curtis Hanson) -

The Sweet Hereafter (Canada, dir. Atom Egoyan) -

The Eel (Japan, dir. Shohei Imamura) -

Funny Games (Austria, dir. Michael Haneke) -

Welcome to Sarajevo (UK, dir. Michael Winterbottom) -

The Ice Storm (USA, dir. Ang Lee) -

She's So Lovely (USA, dir. Nick Cassavetes) -

The Well (Australia, dir. Samantha Lang) -

Sidebar Selections I Have Seen:
Ranked in order of preference
La Vie de Jésus (Directors' Fortnight: France, dir. Bruno Dumont) -

Private Confessions (Un Certain Regard: Sweden, dir. Liv Ullmann) - Dissolves initial impression of familiar Nordic drama, putting desire, deception, and faith through new turns.

Love and Death on Long Island (Un Certain Regard: UK, dir. Richard Kwietniowski) - Slighter than I remembered, but still sweet, sad, funny, and quietly sophisticated. Hurt really excels. (full review)

Ma vie en rose (Directors' Fortnight: Belgium, dir. Alain Berliner) -

In the Company of Men (Un Certain Regard: USA, dir. Neil LaBute) -

Kissed (Directors' Fortnight: Canada, dir. Lynne Stopkewich) -

Hamlet (Out of Competition: UK, dir. Kenneth Branagh) -

East Palace, West Palace (Un Certain Regard: China, dir. Zhang Yuan) -

My Son, the Fanatic (Directors' Fortnight: UK, dir. Udayan Prasad) -

Bent (Critics' Week: UK, dir. Sean Mathias) -

Mrs. Brown (Un Certain Regard: UK, dir. John Madden) -

The Fifth Element (Out of Competition: USA/France, dir. Luc Besson) -

Films in the Main Competition:
Ranked in order of interest; more on this year's lineup here (opens in a new window)
Kini and Adams, Burkina Faso, dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo
Nil by Mouth, UK, dir. Gary Oldman
Western, France, dir. Manuel Poirier
The End of Violence, Germany/USA, dir. Wim Wenders
The Brave, USA, dir. Johnny Depp
The Prince of Homburg, Italy, dir. Marco Bellocchio
Assassin(s), France, dir. Mathieu Kassovitz
The Forbidden Woman, France, dir. Philippe Harel
The Serpent's Kiss, France, dir. Philippe Rousselot
The Truce, Italy, dir. Francesco Rosi

Sidebar Films I'm Curious to See:
Listed alphabetically; click names of sidebars for more titles (in a new window)
Un Certain Regard: A,B,C... Manhattan, USA, dir. Amir Naderi
Histoire(s) du cinéma, Switzerland, dir. Jean-Luc Godard
The House, Lithuania, dir. Sharunas Bartas
Marius & Jeannette, France, dir. Robert Guédiguian
Post Coitum, France, dir. Brigitte Roüan
Sunday, USA, dir. Jonathan Nossiter
Directors' Fortnight: Buud-Yam, Burkina Faso, dir. Gaston Jean-Marie Kaboré
Cosmos, Canada, dirs. Denis Villeneuve, et al.
Dakan, Guinea, dir. Mohamed Camara
Murmur of Youth, Taiwan, dir. Lin Cheng-sheng
Steam: The Turkish Bath, Turkey/Italy, dir. Ferzan Ozpetek
Suzaku, Japan, dir. Naomi Kawase
Train of Shadows, Spain, dir. José Luis Guerín
Critics' Week: Character, The Netherlands, dir. Mike van Diem
Faraw, Mali, dir. Abdoulaye Ascofare
Insomnia, Norway, dir. Erik Skjoldbjærg
Junk Mail, Norway, dir. Pål Sletaune
This World, Then the Fireworks, USA, dir. Michael Oblowitz
Out of Competition: Absolute Power, USA, dir. Clint Eastwood
Destiny, Egypt, dir. Youssef Chahine
Voyage to the Beginning of the World, Portugal, dir. Manoel de Oliveira

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