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Winners at Cannes

Jane Fonda congratulates Cristian Mungiu
Jane Fonda presents the Palme d'Or to director Cristian Mungiu
The awards at the Cannes Film Festival were announced on Saturday night: this article from Le Monde has stills from all of the winning films and links to full reviews (in French). Rumanian directors won big this year, under a jury presided over by Stephen Frears, with the Palme d'Or going to Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days and the award in the Un Certain Regard competition going posthumously to Cristian Nemescu for California Dreamin'. The remaining awards were as follows:
  • Grand Prix du Jury (second prize) -- Naomi Kawase (Japan), Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest)
  • Best Director -- Julian Schnabel (U.S.A.), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Best Screenplay -- Fatih Akin (Turkey), The Edge of Heaven
  • Best Actress -- Jeon Do-yeon (South Korea) in Secret Sunshine (Lee Chang-dong)
  • Best Actor -- Konstantin Lavronenko in The Banishment (Andrei Zviaguintsev)
  • Prix du Jury -- Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Persepolis tied with Carlos Reygadas, Stellet Licht
  • 60th Anniversary Prize -- Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park
  • Camera d'Or (Best First Film) -- Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (Israel), Meduzot (Jellyfish)
  • Palme d'Or for Short Film -- Elisa Miller (Mexico), Ver Llover (To see crying)
The French news has been noting that a movie expected to win something this year, No Country for Old Men by the Coen brothers, got shafted. It will not be released in the United States until November. We will bring you reviews if and when we are able to see any of these films.

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