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The Guardian Interview: Out of the back room

The Guardian Interview: Out of the back room

The film world’s collective jaw may have dropped on Sunday night when “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” a Romanian film about abortion with no stars and costing under half a million pounds, walked off with the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Less surprised, probably, was its director, Cristian Mungiu. He was confident enough of his chances when we met, 10 days before the prize-giving, to tell me that he wasn’t going home when his free, festival-provided hotel room ran out: “I’m going to stick around for the awards.” Nick Roddick reports.

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