The Palme d'Or awarded Cristian Mungiu at Cannes on Sunday, is a success for Romanian cinematography and culture, Adrian Iorgulescu, the country's Minister of Culture and Religious Affairs said on Monday.
Cristian Mungiu, 39 years old, a script writer, director and producer, won the Palme d'Or in the 60th Cannes Festival for his film titled "Four Months, Three Weeks and Two Days."
"It is the success of the director, then the success of the Romanian cinematography and I dare say of the Romanian culture, which, as you may see, comes out into the world with this prize," said the minister.
Iorgulescu said that as the European equivalent of the Academy Award, the Palme d'Or awarded to Cristian Mungiu was the greatest success ever for Romanian films.
"After about 40 years, when Liviu Ciulei's full-length film 'The Forest of the Hanged' won the Directors' Award at Cannes, the prize of the great competition goes now to a Romanian film," said Iorgulescu.
He also mentioned the two Palme d'Or prizes for short films awarded to Ion Popescu-Gopo ad Catalin Mitulescu.
The minister also spoke of the success of the unfinished film made by the late director Cristian Nemescu, "California Dreamin'", which received the prize of the Un Certain Regard section.
"These successes but also other prizes the Romanian filmmakers won for their productions in the past few years, and I must also mention Cristi Puiu in this respect, prove the fact that the policy we have been backing, the support given to the Romanian film, yielded fruit," said Iorgulescu.
Manager of the National Cinematography Centre Eugen Serbanescu said that the winning of Palme d'Or prize was a historic moment in Romanian cinematography.