2006 Cannes Film Festival

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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 film The Da Vinci Code
Closing film Transylvania
Location Cannes, France
Founded 1946
Awards Palme d'Or (The Wind That Shakes the Barley)
Hosted by Vincent Cassel
No. of films 20 (En Competition)[2]
24 (Un Certain Regard)
28 (Out of Competition)
17 (Cinéfondation)
10 (Short Film)
Festival date 17 May 2006 (2006-05-17) – 28 May 2006 (2006-05-28)
Website festival-cannes.com/en

The 2006 Cannes Film Festival ran from 17 May 2006 to 28 May 2006. Twenty films from eleven countries were in competition for the Palme d'Or, the President of the Official Jury was Wong Kar-wai, the first Chinese director to preside over the jury.[3]

English director Ken Loach won 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).[4][5] 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.[6] Journalists gave the film a cool reception at its first press screening, with loud laughter breaking out at one of the pivotal scenes.[7] Transylvania by Tony Gatlif closed the festival. Paris, je t'aime opened the Un Certain Regard section of the festival.[8]


Wong Kar-wai, Jury President
Helena Bonham Carter, Jury member

Films in Competition[edit]

Un Certain Regard[edit]

2006 Un Certain Regard poster featuring an original drawing by Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein.[9]
Monica Bellucci, Jury member
Samuel L. Jackson, Jury member
Patrice Leconte, Jury member
Lucrecia Martel, Jury member

Films out of Competition[edit]


Ken Loach, winner of the Palme d'Or at the event.
Tim Roth, Jury member
Zhang Ziyi, Jury member


  1. ^ "Posters 2006". Archived from the original on 6 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "Official Selection 2006 : All the Selection". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wong picked as Cannes's first Chinese president". theguardian.com. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Fast Facts: 59th Cannes Film Festival Winners". foxnews. 29 May 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "2006 Cannes Film Festival Winners". Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Da Vinci Code to open 2006 Cannes film festival". theguardian.com. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  7. ^ "Da Vinci Code panned at Cannes". London: dailymail.co.uk. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "CANNES 2006 – PREVIEW". Retrieved 26 May 2017. 
  9. ^ "Posters 2006". Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 

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