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'The Class' in a Class of Its Own at Cannes

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May 27, 2008 | 5:07am EDT

French film Entre Les Murs (The Class) has claimed the top prize at this year's Cannes International Film Festival.

The movie, based on an autobiographical novel by Francois Begaudeau, picked up the Palme d'Or for best picture at the festival on Sunday.

Directed by Laurent Cantet and set in a tough Paris school, the film was a clear favorite to land the top prize.

Cantet was joined by his cast of teenage actors as he collected the award.

The Grand Prix runner-up prize went to Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Three Monkeys, while Benicio del Toro claimed the Best Actor honor for his portrayal of revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in biopic Che, and Linha de Passe (Line of Passage) star Sandra Corveloni took home the Best Actress gong.

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