Cannes Film Festival: the Palme d'Or effect
Time Out explores the fortunes of the past decade’s Palme d'Or winners
Now here’s a film that no one was expecting to win the Palme d’Or before Cannes got underway in 2007. ‘4 Months… 3 what… and how many days?’: festival goers who couldn’t remember the title simply called it ‘The Romanian Film’.
Mungiu based his story of a college student trying to arrange an illegal abortion for her friend during Ceausescu-era Romania on the experience of a friend. And not only did it win the Palme d’Or, but ‘4 Months…’ burst out of the arthouse ghetto, grossing $9.8 million.