'California Dreamin' nabs Un Certain honors


CANNES -- Pascale Ferran and her fellow jury members showed a certain regard for Cristian Nemescu's "California Dreamin'" as the Romanian film took home the 2007 Prix Un Certain Regard on Saturday.

The film tells the story of local gangster/chief of a railway station in a small Romanian village during the war in Kosovo in 1999.

The prize is bittersweet as director Nemescu died in a car accident in August at age 27.

The Special Jury Prize went to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's "Actresses," and the jury Coup de Coeur to Israeli Eran Kolirin's "The Band's Visit."

The four-member special jury, led by "Lady Chatterley" Cesar winner Ferran, was composed of Italian actress Jasmine Trinca, Chinese critic Qin Bian, Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu and American critic Kent Jones.
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