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Romania continues an unlikely cinematic domination at Cannes, with a pair of rival directors

Romania continues an unlikely cinematic domination at Cannes, with a pair of rival directors

As the Cannes Film Festival wound down last weekend, the festival jury offered a reminder of how large a shadow one small country has cast on this gathering.

The Romanian director Cristian Mungiu took the director's prize (he shared it with the French filmmaker Olivier Assayas) for "Graduation," a story-slash-parable about a father who skirts ethical lines in the name of‎ his family. The trophy became the latest prize for a country that, with apologies to Donald Trump, just seems to win, win, win.

It was fully 11 years ago that Cristi Puiu's "The Death of Mr. Lazarescu," about the ways a healthcare system fails a dying man, took the Un Certain...

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