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Ken Loach Wins Palm D'Or At Cannes, Iranian Film Wins Two Awards

Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini (center) poses with Cannes jury members Iranian producer Katayoon Shahabi (left) and American actress Kirsten Dunst after being gvien the Best Actor prize during the closing ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival.

British film director Ken Loach has won the Palme d'Or for Best Picture at the Cannes Film Festival for his drama "I, Daniel Blake."

It's the second Palme D’Or in a decade for Loach who turns 80 next month.

The drama focuses on an elderly carpenter and his struggle with bureaucracy to receive benefits after suffering a heart attack.

The Iranian film "The Salesman" by Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi received two awards, for Best Screenplay and Best Actor, won by Iranian actor Shahab Hosseini.

The film is about a married couple thrown into turmoil after the wife is assaulted at their home.

"This prize belongs to my people and I give it to them with all my heart," Hosseini said at the awards ceremony on May 22.

Based on reporting by France Inter, Reuters and AFP