Cannes’ top prize goes to film about abortion

From CNN:

Screenhunter_04_may_29_0032Romanian director Cristian Mungiu won the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize Sunday with “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” a harrowing portrait of an illegal abortion in communist-era Romania.

The low-budget, naturalistic film about a student who goes through horrors to ensure that her friend can have a secret abortion beat out 21 other movies in competition for the Riviera festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or — including films by well-known directors like Quentin Tarantino, the Coen brothers and Wong Kar-wai.

Mungiu, who was awarded the prize by actress Jane Fonda, said he did not have the idea for the film a year ago, and did not even have money to shoot it just six months ago. He hoped the win would be “good news for the small filmmakers from small countries.”

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