British film takes top Cannes prize

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British film takes top Cannes prize

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The top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Palm, has been awarded to a movie by British director Ken Loach. “The Wind That Shakes The Barley” is a drama about the Irish struggle for independence. “It’s a great honour to be here,” he said in French, “because Cannes is the most beautiful cinema party in the world.”

The best actor award was given to five joint winners, all in the film by Rachid Bouchareb. “Indigenes” is showing in English as “Days of Glory”. It’s about Algerian, Moroccan and Tunisian soldiers who fought and died for France. The best actress award also went to joint winners – those who played the lead roles in the movie by Spain’s Pedro Almodovar, “Volver”. It tells the story of four generations of women facing the truth about their lives.