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Monday, May 28, 2007

A Romanian Movie Won Palm d'Or at Cannes

CANNES, France — George Clooney auctioned off a kiss. Bono wailed "With or Without You" on the red carpet. And Jerry Seinfeld dressed up like a furry bumblebee and went flying above the beach.

The 60th edition of the Cannes Film Festival was full of stunts and celebrity — not to mention men on a mission, from the "Ocean's Thirteen" crew's campaign for refugees in Darfur, to Michael Moore's crusade to overhaul U.S. health care, to Leonardo DiCaprio's save-the-environment message.

But the big news for moviegoers was the films — one of the strongest lineups at Cannes in years, full of moving performances by women. When the curtain fell Sunday on Cannes, the big prize went to a small film by a director who didn't have money to shoot it just six months ago.

Winning the top prize, the Palme d'Or, is "like a fairy tale," Romanian director Cristian Mungiu said in his acceptance speech.

Mungiu's film, "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days," is a gritty, realistic look at illegal abortion in communist-era Romania — just the kind of movie that Cannes critics are proud to champion over films with better commercial prospects.

"Cinema entertains, but cinema also makes us reflect on the world," Jane Fonda said in French before handing Mungiu the award. "And Cannes is a fragile balance between these two realities."(Fox News)

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