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Cannes 2015: Dheepan Awarded The Palme d’Or

Cannes 2015 Dheepan Awarded The Palme d'Or

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival came to an end Sunday night with the main competition awards ceremony at the Palais des Festivals.

The top prize, the Palme d’Or, was awarded to Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard. The film is about a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl who pose as a family in order to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. Audiard was honoured with a standing ovation while he was receiving the award.

Here are some other Festival winners:

  • While nineteen films competed in the main competition, the Grand Prize (the runner-up) went to Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes.

  • The best actress award went to two actresses: Rooney Mara for Caroland Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon Roi.

  • Todd Haynes, who directed Carol (which stars Mara and Cate Blanchett as two women who have a love affair), accepted the prize for Mara.

  • Vincent Lindon won the best actor award for his work in The Measure of a Man, which is directed by Stephane Brize.

  • Hou Hsiao-Hsien won the best director prize for The Assassin.

  • The jury prize went to The Lobster, the surreal drama by Yorgos Lanthimos that stars Colin Farrell.

  • Michel Franco won best screenplay for Chronic.

  • Camera d’Or, which honours the best first feature film, was given to Land and Shade.

  • Waves ’98 by Ely Dager won the short film award.

  • Director, writer and visual artist Agnes Varda was given an honorary Palme d’or during the closing ceremony.

The main jury was led by directors Joel and Ethan Coen while other members included Jake Gyllenhaal, Guillermo del Toro, Sophie Marceau and Sienna Miller. The Cannes Film Festival ran May 13 through May 21.

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