Cannes declares winners - Romania rules

From the NYT ,

The message from the Cannes Film Festival juries was clear: Romania rules. In its closing ceremony on Sunday the festival bestowed two of its most important prizes on Romanian films, affirming the vitality of this recently emerging cinema. The top award, the Palme d’Or, went to Cristian Mungiu for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” an unsparing yet humane look at life during the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. Additionally the jury for Un Certain Regard, a sidebar to the main competition, gave its highest honor to “California Dreamin,’ ” a first feature by Cristian Nemescu set in Romania during the Kosovo war of 1999. It was a poignant victory, because Mr. Nemescu died in an automobile accident last year at the age of 27.

The last time an Indian entry won was when Murali Nair's 'Maranasimhasanam' won the prestigious Camera d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival in 1999.

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