Annal: 2003 Festival de Cannes Jury Awards for Feature Films

Results of the Festival de Cannes in the year 2003.

Film:Elephant (2003)

Elephant

Gus Van Sant

Elephant, the elegant and unsettling movie from Gus Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting), depicts students at a high school before and during a harrowing, Columbine-style shooting. The movie follows one young boy who takes over the wheel from his drunken dad while returning from lunch, then loops back in time and follows another student who crosses paths with the first, then loops back and follows another—all captured in long, unedited tracking shots that are serene and unhurried, even when two boys in camouflage gear, carrying…

Film:Uzak

Uzak

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

The highly acclaimed, award-winning Turkish film Distant is a deeply compassionate and frequently amusing study of quiet desperation, prompting many critics to favorably compare writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s subtly hypnotic drama to the films of Ozu and Tarkovsky. Watch closely and you’ll recognize someone you know, or even yourself, and the quietest moments are the most enjoyably revealing. Muzaffer Özdemir and Mehmet Emin Toprak shared Best Actor honors at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for their perfectly nuanced performances as (respectively)…

Film:At Five in the Afternoon

At Five in the Afternoon: (Panj é Asr)

Samira Makhmalbaf

At Five in the Afternoon is Samira Makhmalbaf’s third feature film, and the very first foreign film to be made in Kabul since the Taliban ruled. Two years after her father, director/ producer Mohsen Makhmalbaf made the highly acclaimed Kandahar, it is now his daughter Samira’s turn to concern herself with the plight Afghan women. More specifically the plight of Noqreh, a progressive young woman played by a non-professional actor, trying to survive in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

We follow her as she goes about her daily life—girls’ schools have now been reopened, but frustrated by a strained relationship with a bigoted but loving father she dreams of becoming…President of the Republic!

A bitter political statement, a harsh and cruel tale, but an exquisitely moving, often comic depiction of life after the Taliban.

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