Cannes: Romanian Director Cristian Mungiu takes Best Director award

Newsroom 22/05/2016 | 22:30

Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and France’s Olivier Assayas (in picture) share best director prize at Cannes for this 69th edition. Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2007, was rewarded for his critically-acclaimed “Baccalaureat / Graduation” about a father’s dilemma of what to tell his daughter about a corrupt world. Romania had for this 69th edition five movies in competition, an impressive number taking into consideration the real situation of the local film industry.

After 10 days and 21 films in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, the top prizes were awarded tonight. On the way into the Palais this evening, members of George Miller’s jury said they now hold the record for the longest deliberation time ever, notes

Also, other Romanian movies and co-productions were awarded during this festival:

FIPRESCI Award for Toni Erdmann by director Maren Ade (Germany) co-produced by Romanian director Ada Solomon

Un Certain Regard / FIPRESCI Award for Caini – Filmul/Dogs by Bogdan Mirică

Semaine de la Critique – Cannes
France 4 Visionary Award for ALBÜM by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu (Turcia) co-produced by Romanian directors Oana Iancu & Calin Netzer

Prix France Culture Cinéma 2016
Alexandru Nanau for Toto and his sisters

The complete list of winners for the 69th edition of Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or
I, Daniel Blake, dir: Ken Loach

Grand Prize
Xavier Dolan, It’s Only The End Of The World

Best Director
Cristian Mungiu, Graduation

Olivier Assayas, Personal Shopper

Best Screenplay
Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman

Best Actress
Jaclyn Jose, Ma’Rosa

Jury Prize
American Honey, dir: Andrea Arnold

Best Actor
Shahab Hosseini, The Salesman

Palme d’Honneur
Jean-Pierre Léaud

Caméra d’Or
Divines, dir: Uda Benyamina

Short Film Palme d’Or
Timecode, dir: Juanjo Gimenez
Special Mention
The Girl Who Danced With The Devil, dir: Joao Paulo Miranda Maria

Oana Vasiliu

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