Saturday, May 22, 2004

'Fahrenheit 9/11' Wins Cannes' Top Prize

Director Michael Moore's controversial anti-Bush documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 has won the prestigious Palme d'Or best film award at the Cannes festival.

It is the first documentary to win the top prize since Jacques Cousteau's "The Silent World" in 1956.

The film received a 15-minute standing ovation when it was screened on Monday.

Fahrenheit 9/11 explores the Iraq war and alleges connections between President George Bush and leading Saudi families, including the Bin Ladens.

"What have you done? I'm completely overwhelmed by this," Moore said in his acceptance speech.

The film was originally set to be released in the US through Disney subsidiary Miramax, before Disney blocked it. It is now expected to be released through a third party.

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