Cannes 2001 Report

  • Ron Holloway


CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2001 Two events devotee of made the 54th Festival International du Film (9-20 May 2001) particularly memorable. The first was the news that, after 22 years as délégué général, Gilles Jacob stepped up to become Président while handing down the reins to Thierry Frémaux, the latter now divides his time between Cannes and duties as head of the Institute Lumière in Lyons. The other was the presence on the Croisette of seven previous Palme d'Or directors: Francis Ford Coppola (The Conversation, 1974, and Apocalypse Now, 1979), Ermanno Olmi (The Tree of Wooden Clogs, 1978), Shohei Imamura (The Ballad of Narayama, 1983, and The Eel, 1997), David Lynch (Wild at Heart, 1990), Joel and Ethan Coen (Barton Fink, 1991), and Abbas Kiarostami (The Taste of Cherries, 1997). One might add, too, that over the past quarter century each of their eight award-winning films helped considerably to...