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Belgian Film Wins Prestigious Palme d'Or

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Belgian Film Wins Prestigious Palme d'Or

Bill Murray and Sharon Stone in Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers"

Updated May 23, 2005
Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne's "The Child" won the Palme d'Or as best film at the 58th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night. It was the second time the Belgian brothers won the award, having received the top prize for "Rosetta" six years ago. The jury, led by filmmaker Emir Kusturica, writer Toni Morrison and actors Javier Bardem and Salma Hayek, gave the Grand Prix, the festival's second-highest award, to Jim Jarmusch's "Broken Flowers."

Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke won the prize for best director for "Cache" which stars Juliette Binoche and Daniel Auteil.

American filmmaker Miranda July, director of "Me and You and Everyone We Know," shared the Camera d'Or for best first film with Vimukthi Jayasundara for "Sulanga Enu Pinisa" (The Forsaken Land).

Tommy Lee Jones's directorial debut "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" was among the prize winners, taking Best Actor honors (for his own performance) and the Best Screenplay Award.

Films by acclaimed directors David Cronenberg (End of Violence), Gus Van Sant (Last Days), Atom Egoyan (Where The Truth Lies), Lars Von Trier (Manderlay), and Wim Wenders (Don't Come Knocking) were all shut out of prize wins.

A COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS:

--PALME D'OR: "L'Enfant", directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

--GRAND PRIX : "Broken Flowers," directed by Jim Jarmusch

--BEST DIRECTOR: Michael Haneke for "Caché"

--BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD: Guillermo Arriaga for "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

--CAMERA D'OR (BEST FIRST PICTURE): shared between Vimukthi Jayasundara for "Sulanga Enu Pinisa" (The Forsaken Land) Miranda July for "Me and You and Everyone We Know"

--JURY PRIZE: "Shanghai Dreams," directed by Wang Xiaoshuai

--BEST ACTRESS: Hanna Laslo for "Free Zone"

--BEST ACTOR: Tommy Lee Jones for "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

--PALME D'OR FOR SHORT FILM: "Wayfarers," directed by Igor Strembitskyy

--JURY PRIZE FOR SHORT FILM: "Clara," directed by Van Sowerwine

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