'Dheepan' by Jacques Audiard wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

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By Alasdair Sandford  with Reuters
'Dheepan' by Jacques Audiard wins Palme d'Or at Cannes Film Festival

<p>“Dheepan” by director Jacques Audiard has <a href="http://www.festival-cannes.fr/en/theDailyArticle/62024.html">won the prestigious Palme d’Or award</a> at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.</p> <p>The film tells <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/jacques-audiards-dheepan-cannes-review-797348">the tale of Tamil refugees from the civil war in Sri Lanka</a> as they try to build a new life on a violent housing estate in France.</p> <p>The surprise announcement was made at the end of the final awards ceremony following the decision by the jury which was headed by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.</p> <p>“I’m very moved. Winning a prize from the Coen brothers is something that is exceptional,” Audiard, who has won two smaller Cannes awards in the past, told the closing ceremony. “I’m thinking of my father.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jacques Audiard's <span class="caps">DHEEPAN</span> wins <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Cannes?src=hash">#Cannes</a> Palme d'Or. The <a href="https://twitter.com/Variety"><code>Variety</a> review: <a href="http://t.co/t6JuoPwzT7">http://t.co/t6JuoPwzT7</a></p>&mdash; Variety (</code>Variety) <a href="https://twitter.com/Variety/status/602536186863812608">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Audiard’s film “Rust and Bone” had been a challenger for the Palme d’Or in 2012.</p> <p>László Nemes had been tipped as a Palme d’Or winner this year. In the end the first-time filmmaker from Hungary took the second prize, the Grand Prix, for his <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/son-saul-saul-fia-cannes-795688">wrenching Holocaust drama ‘Son of Saul’</a>.</p> <p>The young director said he had tried to avoid the sentimentalism of other Holocaust films.</p> <p>“Carol” had already won the <a href="http://www.thewrap.com/cannes-cate-blanchett-rooney-mara-drama-carol-wins-queer-palm-award/">Queer Palm award relating to gay issues</a>. Now Rooney Mara was jointly named Best Actress in the film about two women who fall in love in 1950s New York.</p> <p>She shares the award with Emmanuelle Bercot, who won for her role in <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-maiwenn-explores-love-coupledom-795065">‘Mon Roi’ by French director Maiwenn</a>.</p> <p>Frenchman Vincent Lindon was named Best Actor for “La Loi du Marché” (“The Measure of a Man”), about <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karin-badt/the-measure-of-man-premie_b_7312046.html">an unemployed middle-aged man who starts a new job</a> as a security guard.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Cannes Film Festival Winners: The Complete List <a href="http://t.co/eHyXcnMBWj">http://t.co/eHyXcnMBWj</a></p>— Cannes Film Festival (@cannes) <a href="https://twitter.com/cannes/status/602543711176785920">May 24, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Here is the full list of awards:<br /> Palme d’Or (Short Film): “Waves ’98,” Directed by Ely Dagher<br /> Camera d’Or (Best First Feature): “La Tierra y la Sombre,” Directed by Cesar Acevedo<br /> Best Screenplay: “Chronic,” Written by Michel Franco<br /> Best Actress: Rooney Mara for “Carol” and Emmanuelle Bercot for “Mon Roi” (Shared Prize)<br /> Jury Prize: “The Lobster,” Directed by Lorgos Lanthimos<br /> Best Actor: Vincent Lindon for “La loi du Marché” (“The Measure of a Man”)<br /> Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien for “Nie Yinniang” (“The Assassin”)<br /> Grand Prix: “Son of Saul,” Directed by Laszlo Nemes<br /> Palme d’Or: “Dheepan,” Directed by Jacques Audiard</p> <p>You can see a recap of the night’s events here:</p> <iframe src="//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=1229283&ThemeId=24544" width="600" height="2000" frameborder="0"></iframe>