Israeli director wins best screenplay at Cannes

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Israeli film-maker Joseph Cedar won the best screenplay prize at Cannes Sunday for "Footnote" about the rivalry between a father-son pair of Talmudic scholars.

US actress Rosario Dawson presented the prize at a gala awards ceremony.

Cedar, 42, who won an Oscar nomination for his 2007 film "Beaufort" about the Israeli army's withdrawal from southern Lebanon, was not in town to accept the prize.

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