Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Cannes Winners 2007

The Palm d'Or winner at Cannes this year was the Romanian film 4 Months 3 Weeks & 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamini si 2 zile) directed by Cristian Mungiu. The film deals with two college roommates, one of whom (Gabita) is pregnent. Gabita's roommate, Otilia, goes to great lengths to help her friend get an abortion despite it's illegality in 1987 Communist Romania.

Other winners of Cannes films excluded buzz films "No Country For Old Men" (directed by the Coen Brothers) and the festivals opening film "My Blueberry Nights."

The grand prize winner was Japanese director Naomi Kawase's "Mogari No Mori" (The Mourning Forest) about a retirement home resident overcoming loss (a popular theme this year it seems).

Best Director: Julian Schnabel, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Jury Prize: Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis," and Carlos Reygadas' Stellet Licht" ("Silent Light")
Best Actor: Konstantin Lavronenko, "Banishment"
Best Actress: Jeon Do-yeon, "Secret Sunshine"
Best Screenplay: Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven"

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