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The Daily 2003

25 May
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Interviews, reports, films, events, press conferences, photo calls, the red carpet... Hour by hour updates, bringing you exclusive and official coverage of the 12 days of the Festival in articles, videos, photos and sound clips.

  • Gus Van Sant's Elephant Wins Palme d'Or

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:41 PM - Updated on 27.06.2003 at 11:56 AM

    French actress Isabelle Huppert awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) to American director Gus Van Sant and his Elephant. "I thought I was finished tonight, but no! I have been trying for years to get one of my films into Cannes. Thank you everyone and a special thanks to my DP Harris Savides, and Vive La France!"...
  • Grand Prize Goes to Uzak

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:40 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 3:52 PM

    English popstar Sting handed out the Grand Prize to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Uzak. The latter thanked the Jury, Gilles Jacob and Thierry Frémaux, and dedicated the award to Yilmaz GÂÂney, director of the 1982 Palme d'Or winner, Yol.
  • Best Director Awarded to Elephant's Van Sant

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:38 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 6:03 PM

    Géraldine Chaplin awarded American director Gus Van Sant the Best Director prize for his latest opus Elephant. "All my thanks to the producers and the kids in the movie," he said. "I came to Cannes in 1995 to present To Die For during a gala dinner. Aside from that, I never managed to get one of my films shown in...
  • Best Screenplay Award - The Barbarian Invasions by Denys Arcand

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:37 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 6:02 PM

    Valeria Bruni Tedeschi awarded the Montreal director Denys Arcand the Best Screenplay Award for his poignant tale of a dying man, The Barbarian Invasions. The Canadian helmer thanked festivalgoers for their warm welcome. "It always feels great to receive an award. If I didn't win prizes anymore, I don't think I would ever come...
  • Jury Prize - Five in the Afternoon

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:37 PM - Updated on 03.06.2003 at 4:17 PM

    Samira Makhmalbaf received the Jury Prize from French actress Judith Godrèche for her moving tale entitled Five in the Afternoon. She said: "I don't want to be President of the Republic - George Bush being the most famous at present -, I prefer making films. I am happy to receive such a prize. Cannes has paid us a great...
  • Best Actress Award Goes to Marie-Josée Croze (Barbarian Invasions)

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:36 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 6:01 PM

    French veteran actor Philippe Noiret handed out the Best Actress award to Marie-Josée Croze for her role as a "junkie" in Arcand's Barbarian Invasions. Unfortunately absent from the ceremony, Denys Arcand accepted the prize on her behalf. "She heard the news during a show," explained producer Denise Robert.
  • Two Turks Win Best Actor Award

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:35 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 6:01 PM

    The two Turkish stars of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Uzak, Muzaffer Ozdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak, were awarded the Best Actor prize. Both actors were absent from the ceremony. Twenty-eight year old actor Toprak tragically died in a car accident last December, two days after the end of the shoot, and Ozdemir was seemingly too...
  • Caméra d'Or - for Best First Feature -Reconstruction by Christoffer Boe

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:34 PM - Updated on 03.06.2003 at 4:30 PM

    Wim Wenders and Jeanne Moreau awarded the Caméra d'Or for Best Feature to the film Reconstruction by Danish director Christoffer Boe. "I thought my film would be rejected by the International Critic's Week. I thought Cannes didn't like me very much, but I was wrong," Boe declared.
  • Special Mention - Osama

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:32 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 6:00 PM

    The special mention award, which was handed out by President of the Caméra d'Or Jury Wim Wenders and French actress Jeanne Moreau, was awarded to Osama directed by Afghan director Sedigh Barmak.
  • Palme d'Or Short Film Award goes to Aussie feature Cracker Bag

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:31 PM - Updated on 03.06.2003 at 4:38 PM

    The Golden Palm Short Film prize, handed out by Italian thespian Ornella Muti, was awarded to Cracker Bag, an Australian film directed by Glendyn Ivin. "I would like to thank the Festival organizers. This is my first time in Cannes and the first time an Australian film has ever received this award," the director affirmed.
  • L'Homme sans Tête Awarded Prix du Jury Short Films

    the 25.05.2003 at 7:30 PM - Updated on 03.06.2003 at 5:03 PM

    Short Films Jury President Emir Kusturica awarded the Jury Prize to French director Juan Solanas for his L'Homme sans Tête. "I wasn't expecting this! When we started shooting this film, the only thing we were worrying about was how to finish it. It was really moving to see my short film projected in public at the...
  • Charlie Chaplin Forever...

    the 25.05.2003 at 4:51 PM - Updated on 27.06.2003 at 12:01 PM

    32 years after Cannes paid him tribute, Charlie Chaplin's spectre once again hovers over the Croisette. The world's most endearing Little Tramp returns to close tonight's ceremony with a spotlessly restored version of his 1936 Modern Times. Rendez-vous at the Cinema de la Plage at 10:30pm tonight for festivalgoers not invited....
  • Main Competition Films Rescreened Today

    the 25.05.2003 at 2:29 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 10:03 AM

    Festivalgoers who might have missed or would like to catch another glimpse of the main films in competition have the opportunity to do so today before tonight's closing ceremony. All 20 films will be screened starting with Gus Van Sant's Elephant at 8.30am in the Theatre Claude Debussy and ending with Vincent Gallo's The Brown...
  • Jenny Holzer's Final Quote of the Festival

    the 25.05.2003 at 2:22 PM - Updated on 23.06.2003 at 10:04 AM

    I would like the filmgoer to come out with questions rather than answers. Louis Malle
  • Flashback 24th May

    the 25.05.2003 at 8:00 AM - Updated on 27.06.2003 at 12:07 PM

    Last day of the official competition and final countdown before the jury's verdict is announced in less than 24 hours. After 12 days of non-stop festivities the 56th Cannes Film Festival is finally drawing to a close. The three films on offer this Saturday and contending for the prestigious Palme d'Or hail from Japan, Britain...

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