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'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

COMPETITION
Palme d’Or: 'Dheepan' (Jacques Audiard, France)
Grand Prix: 'Son of Saul' (Laszlo Nemes, Hungary)
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien, 'The Assassin' (Taiwan)
Actor: Vincent Lindon, 'The Measure of a Man' (France)
Actress (tie): Emmanuelle Bercot, 'Mon roi' (France), and Rooney Mara, 'Carol' (UK)
Jury Prize: Yorgos Lanthimos, 'The Lobster' (Greece-Ireland-UK-Netherlands-France)
Screenplay: Michel Franco, 'Chronic' (Mexico-France)
OTHER PRIZES
Palme d’Honneur: Agnes Varda
Camera d’Or: 'Land and Shade' (Cesar Augusto Acevedo, Colombia)
Short Films Palme d’Or: 'Waves ’98' (Ely Dagher)
Ecumenical Jury Prize: 'My Mother' (nni Moretti)
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Un Certain Regard Prize: 'Rams' (Grimur Hakorson, Iceland-Denmark)
Jury prize: “The High Sun” (Dalibor Matanic, Croatia-Slovenia-Serbia)
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, “Journey to the Shore” (Japan-France)
Un Certain Talent Prize: Corneliu Porumboiu, “The Treasure” (Romania)
Special Prize for Promising Futures (tie): “hid” (Ida Pahandeh, Iran) and “Masaan” (Neeraj Ghaywan, France-India)
DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT
Art Cinema Award: “The Embrace of the Serpent” (Ciro Guerra, Colombia)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “My Golden Days” (Arud Desplechin, France)
Europa Cinemas Label: “Mustang” (Deniz Gamze Erguven, France-Turkey-Germany)
CRITICS’ WEEK
Grand Prize: “Pauli” (Santiago Mitre, Argenti-Brazil-France)
Visiory Prize: “Land and Shade”
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Land and Shade”
FIPRESCI
Competition: “Son of Saul” (Laszlo Nemes, Hungary)
Un Certain Regard: “Masaan”
Critics’ Week: “Pauli”

By Malti Sahai/Cannes

French director Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’, shot mostly in the Tamil Language and centered around the trials and tribulations of a Sri Lankan refugee family who migrate to Paris won the Palme d’Or at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Audiard appeared onstage with his lead actors, Antonythasan Jesuthasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan, both of whom made their screen debuts in ‘Dheepan’.

In addition the two acting awards were won by French Actors, Vincent Lindon for best actor in ‘Measure of man’ and Emmanuelle Bercot for best actress in ‘Mon roi’, a prize she shared with Rooney Mara in ‘Carol’.

‘Son of Saul’, a very well received Holocaust drama from first-time Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes, received the Grand Prix,

Taiwanese auteur Hou Hsiao-hsien received the festival’s award for the best Director for ‘The Assassin’, a visually dazzling martial-arts epic set in ninth-century Chi. The film marked Hou’s seventh time in competition at Cannes.

The jury prize, was given to Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for ‘The Lobster’, a love story set in the future where marriage and procreation are mandatory and singles are given 45 days to pair up or face grim consequences.

Mexican writer-director Michel Franco received the screenplay award for ‘Chronic’ a portrait of a Los Angeles palliative-care nurse (Tim Roth) dealing with his patients and past tragedies.

An honorary Palme was given to French director Agnes Varda, the first female recipient of the award, which was previously presented to Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood and Berrdo Bertolucci.

The Camera d’Or for best first film was awarded to Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s ‘Land and Shade’, a bleak drama about a Colombian family dwelling in a flame-engulfed farmland. The film earlier won the Visiory Prize and the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize in the Critics’ Week sidebar, where it premiered.

The ceremony was hosted by Lambert Wilson and featured a performance of ‘Just a Gigolo’ by John C Reilly and the Flyboys. Reilly, who appeared in three Cannes entries this year (‘The Lobster’, ‘Tale of Tales’ and ‘Les Cowboys’), presented the Camera d’Or with Sabine Azema.

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