Romania's Mungiu wins best director ex-aequo award at Cannes 2016
Romanian director Cristian Mungiu was presented the Cannes 2016 prize for best director at a ceremony on Sunday.
He shared the prize with French Olivier Assayas, who was awarded for his supernatural thriller "Personal Shopper."
In his acceptance speech, Assayas said he is grateful to share the prize with a director he admires.
"I want to thank the jury but also my team because I never work alone. I had excellent actors and an amazing crew. I want to thank my family who gave me a direction in life. I have the impression that auteur cinema has often been relegated to a niche and I am grateful to the Festival de Cannes for making it possible for auteur cinema to exist," Mungiu said in his acceptance speech.
"Bacalaureat" (Graduation) tells the story of a doctor in a small town who has to decide on the best way for his child to follow amidst today's Romanian society.
Lead actors are Adrian Titieni and Maria Dragus. Also starring are Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Vlad Ivanov, Rares Andrici. Cristian Mungiu is both the screenwriter and director for the film; cinematography by Tudor Vladimir Panduru and production design by Simona Paduretu. Unit production manager is Adrian Moroca, while executive producer is Tudor Reu.
Mungiu is the 2007 Palme d'Or winner for his "4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days." He returned to the competition in 2012 with "Dupa dealuri" (Beyond the Hills) which won the prize for the best screenplay and best actress.
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