"Elephant" Wins Palme d'Or and Van Sant Wins Directing Prize in Cannes

by Eugene Hernandez

The Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, site of the 2003 Festival de Cannes. Credit: Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

The 2003 Cannes Film Festival came to a close this evening in France with Gus Van Sant winning two major prizes for his new film, "Elephant." The film won the Palme d'Or the festival's top award and the filmmaker also won
the prize for best director.

The complete list of Cannes 2003 winners:

Palme d'Or:
"Elephant," directed by Gus Van Sant

Grand Prix:
"Uzak," directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Prix de la Mise en Scene (Best Director):

Gus Van Sant for "Elephant"

Prix du Scenario (Best Screenplay Award):

"Les Invasion Barbares" (Barbarian Invasions) written by Denys Arcand

Camera d'Or (For best first feature):

"Reconstruction," directed by Christopher Boe from the International Critics Week

special mention: "Osama," directed by Sedigh Barmak

Prix du Jury (Jury Prize):

"Panj e Asr" (At Five in the Afternoon), directed by Samira Makhmalbaf

Prix d'interpretation feminine (Best Actress):

Marie-Josee Croze from "Les Invasion Barbares" (Barbarian Invasions)

Prix d'interpretation masculine (Best Actor shared):

Mehmet Emin Toprak and Muzaffer Ozdemir from "Uzak"

Court-Metrage (Short Film):

Palme d'Or (short film): "Cracker Bag," directed by Glendyn Ivin

Prix Du Jury: "L'homme sans tete," directed by Juan Solanas


Un Certain Regard Prize:

"La Meglio gioventi," directed by Marco Tulio Giordana (Un Certain Regard - Altadis Award)

"Mille Mois," directed by Faouzi Bensaidi (Le Premier Regard)

"Crimson Gold," directed by Jafar Panahi (Jury Prize)

International Critics Week Prize:

"Depuis qu'Otar est parti," directed by Julie Bertuccelli (Grand Prize and Le Grand Rail d'Or)

"Love is the Law," directed by Eivind Tolas (Canal Plus Award)

"The Truth above the Head," directed by Dale Heslip (Decouverte Kodak, the Jeune Critique and Le Label Regard Jenue)

"Milwaukee Minnesota," directed by Allan Mindel (Jeune Critique feature award)

"Reconstruction," directed by Christopher Boe (Label Regard Jeunes)

FIPRESCI Awards (film critics prizes):

Competition: "Father and Son," directed by Alexander Sokurov
Un Certain Regard: "American Splendor," directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini

Directors Fortnight: "Las Horas del Dia," directed Jaime Rosales


"Panj e Asr" (At Five in the Afternoon), directed by Samira Makhmalbaf


"Osama," directed by Sedigh Barmak


"Osama," directed by Sedigh Barmak