Romanian Abortion Film Wins Cannes

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Cristian Mungiu's "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days" won Cannes Film Festival's prestigious Palme d'Or, announced on Sunday (May 27).

Mungiu's feature, one of the first unveiled at this year's Festival, was a critics' favorite, telling an abortion-driven story set at the end of Romania's Communist era.

The 60th Cannes Film Festival had a 22 film competition slate which included a slew of high profile American efforts, including the Coen Brothers' well-regarded "No Country For Old Me," David Fincher's "Zodiac" and Quentin Tarantino's expanded "Death Proof." The only American film to pick up a major prize at Sunday's ceremony, though, was Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," which earned a specially created 60th anniversary prize from the jury, headed by "The Queen" director Stephen Frears.

New York-born artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel took best director for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," a French-language drama.

The jury gave the Grand Prix, traditionally considered the runner-up prize, to Naomi Kawase's "The Mourning Force."

Fatih Akin, the Turkish-German writer-director of "The Edge of Heaven," won the screenplay award. Best actor was Konstantin Lavronenko for the Russian drama "The Banishment," while Jeon Do-yeon, a South Korean actress, won the best actress award for Le Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine."

The Cannes jury prize was split between Marjane Satrapi and Vince Paronnaud's "Persepolis" and Mexican director Carlos Reygadas' "Silent Light."

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