“Dheepan” wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

French director Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan”, a drama about a family of Sri Lankan refugees in Paris, was the surprise winner of Palme d’Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Other awardees:

  • French actor Vincent Lindon was named the best actor for his role of a common man in “The Measure of a Man”.
  • Emmanuelle Bercot was named the best actress for “Mon roi”.
  • Laszlo Nemes’ Holocaust drama “Son of Saul” received the Grand Prix award, the competition’s runner-up prize.
  • Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-hsien won the best director award for “The Assassin”, a martial-arts drama set in ninth-century China.
  • The jury prize went to Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for “The Lobster”
  • Mexican writer-director Michel Franco received the screenplay award for “Chronic”.
  • The Camera d’Or for best first film was awarded to Cesar Augusto Acevedo’s well reviewed “Land and Shade”, about a Colombian family dwelling in a flame-engulfed farmland.
  • French film director Agnes Varda was presented with the honorary Palme d’Or at the festival’s closing ceremony. She is also the first female filmmaker to ever receive the award.

2015 Cannes Film Festival- Quick facts:

  • It was the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
  • It is annually held in Cannes, France.
  • It previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from around the world.
  • Founded in 1946, it is considered as the most prestigious film festival in the world and is one of the most publicised.
  • The invitation-only festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.
  • The Palme d’Or (also known as Golden Palm) is the highest prize awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.

Sources: The Hindu, Wiki.

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