2006 Cannes Film Festival

2006 Cannes Film Festival
Official poster of the 59th Cannes Film Festival featuring a still from Wong Kar-wai's 2001 film In the Mood for Love.[1]
Opening filmThe Da Vinci Code
Closing filmTransylvania
LocationCannes, France
AwardsPalme d'Or (The Wind That
Shakes the Barley
Hosted byVincent Cassel
No. of films20 (En Competition)[2]
24 (Un Certain Regard)
28 (Out of Competition)
17 (Cinéfondation)
10 (festival-cannes.com/en

The 59th Cannes Film Festival was held from 17 May to 28 May 2006. Twenty films from eleven countries were in competition for the Palme d'Or. The President of the Official selection Jury was Wong Kar-wai, the first Chinese director to preside over the jury.[4]

English director Ken Loach won the Palme d'Or with his movie The Wind That Shakes the Barley. Other winners were Pedro Almodóvar (Best Screenplay, Volver) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Best Director, Babel).[5][6][7][8] This also marked the first time in three years that no American film, actor, actress, or filmmaker won any awards in Cannes.

The festival opened with the premiere screening of The Da Vinci Code, based on the novel by Dan Brown.[9] Journalists gave the film a cool reception at its first press screening, with loud laughter breaking out at one of the pivotal scenes.[10] Transylvania by Tony Gatlif closed the festival. Paris, je t'aime opened the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.[11]

2006 Un Certain Regard poster featuring an original drawing by Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.[12]


Wong Kar-wai, 2006 Jury President
Monte Hellman, President of the Un Certain Regard Jury

Main competition

The following people were appointed as the jury for the feature films of the 2006 Main Competition:[13]

Un Certain Regard

The following people were appointed as the jury of the 2006 Un Certain Regard:

  • Monte Hellman (director) (United States) President
  • Jean-Pierre Lavoignat (critic) (France)
  • Lars-Olav Beier (critic) (Germany)
  • Laura Winters (critic) (United States)
  • Marjane Satrapi (author) (Iran)
  • Maurizio Cabonat (critic) (Italy)

Cinéfondation and short films

The following people were appointed as the jury of the Cinéfondation and short films competition:

Camera d'Or

The following people were appointed as the jury of the 2006 Camera d'Or:

  • Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne (directors) (Belgium) Presidents
  • Alain Riou (critic) (France)
  • Frédéric Maire (president of Locarno Festival) (Switzerland)
  • Jean-Paul Salomé (director) (France)
  • Jean-Louis Vialard (cinematographer) (France)
  • Jean-Pierre Neyrac (technician) (France)
  • Luiz Carlos Merten (critic) (Brazil)
  • Natacha Laurent (director of the cinémathèque of Toulouse) (France)