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Belgian Film Takes Palme D'Or at Cannes Film Fest

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May 23, 2005 | 6:32am EDT

Belgian movie L'Enfant beat 20 other films to win the coveted Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in France May 21.

L'Enfant, which has the English title of The Child, was directed by brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and follows a young couple struggling to survive in France's urban jungle.

This year's festival marked the second time the Dardenne brothers have picked up the prestigious Palme D'Or--they previously won it in 1999 for Rosetta.

Elsewhere, Tommy Lee Jones won the best actor award for his role as Pete Perkins in western The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed. Jones' film also won best screenplay for its writer Guillermo Arriaga.

Israeli Hanna Laslo picked up the best actress prize for her role in Free Zone, about a borderless Middle East. She dedicated her award to her mother, who died in the Holocaust.

American director Jim Jarmusch won the Grand Prix award for his film Broken Flowers, which stars Bill Murray, Sharon Stone and Jessica Lange. Chinese filmmaker Wang Xiaoshuai won the Special Jury Prize for Shanghai Dreams.

Michael Haneke won the best director award for French film Hidden, while best short film went to Wayfarers by Ukraine moviemaker Igor Strembitskyy.

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