Romanian director wins Cannies' top prize

Published May 28, 2007

Romanian director Cristian Mungiu won the Cannes Film Festival's top prize Sunday with 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, a portrait of an illegal abortion in Communist-era Romania. The other winners:

Grand Prize: Mogari No Mori (The Mourning Forest), Naomi Kawase, Japan.

Jury Prize: film festival Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, Iran and France; and Stellet Licht (Silent Light), Carlos Reygadas, Mexico.

60th Anniversary Prize: Gus Van Sant, Paranoid Park, United States

Director: Le Scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, ) Julian Schnabel, United States

Actor: Konstantin Lavronenko, The Banishment, Russia

Actress: Jeon Do-yeon, Secret Sunshine, South Korea

Screenplay: The Edge of Heaven, Fatih Akin, Germany

Golden Camera (first-time director): Meduzot, Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen, Israel

Short film: Ver Llover, (Watching it Rain), Elisa Miller, Mexico

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