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British Film About Irish Independence Wins Top Cannes Prize


British director Ken Loach's The Wind that Shakes the Barley - a drama about the struggle for Irish independence in the 1920s - has won the Palme d'Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

The runner-up prize, The Grand Prix, was won by the French film Flanders.

Other winners in this year's Cannes festival include Mexico's Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu as Best Director.

The female cast of the Spanish film Volver won collectively as Best actress - and the Best Actor award also want to a cast for Days of Glory, about North African soldiers defending France during World War II.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.