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Palme d'Or winner: Anselmo Duarte

The 87-year-old Anselmo Duarte is the only Brazilian who has picked up the top prize at Cannes with The Given Word in 1962, when the unknown director nabbed the prize from under the noses of Michelangelo Antonioni (The Eclipse), Robert Bresson (The Trial Of Joan Of Arc) and Luis Bunuel (Exterminating Angel). But what should have been a glorious recognition of his talent became a curse. Harshly criticised in Brazil, Duarte felt persecuted and his career took a downturn.

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