Romanian Film About Abortion Wins Palme d'Or

Gus Van Sant wins special Cannes 60th anniversary award
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2007 6:36 AM CDT
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu accepts the Palme d'Or.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A disturbing Romanian film about two college coeds trying to get an illegal abortion in the twilight days of the communist regime won this year's Palme d'Or  at the Cannes film festival yesterday. The low-budget  4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days was a critical favorite at the festival, known for bizarre judging.

American director Gus Van Sant, who directed Good Will Hunting, won an award created  for the festival's 60th anniversary with Paranoid Park, about a skateboarder who tries to come to terms with accidentally killing a security guard.