French movie Dheepan got the Cannes Palme d’Or

French movie Dheepan got the Cannes Palme d’Or

Film Dheepan directed by the Frenchman Jacques Audiard was awarded with the top prize of the Cannes Film Festival 2015, the Palm d’Or.

Film Dheepan directed by the Frenchman Jacques Audiard was awarded with the top prize of the Cannes Film Festival 2015, the Palm d’Or.

The French drama is about refugees that were running away from the post-civil war in Sri Lanka to a better life in France.
The story tells about a former Tamil Tiger fighter who pretends to be a family with two strangers and tries to find a shelter on a dirty outskirts of Paris.

Everyone was surprised by the choice which the jury headed by American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen had made.

Vincent Lindon won Best Actor and Best Actress was shared between Rooney Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot, while the Grand Prix was given to a holocaust drama Son of Saul which depicts the Auschwitz and is directed by the Hungarian newcomer Laszlo Nemes.

A Prophet and Rust and Bone director Audiard stated that he was very touched to receive a prize from the Coen brothers, because such an honor seemed to be really something exceptional.

One of the Coen brothers, Joel, said that it wasn’t a jury of film critics but the artists who were looking at the work.

The third prize was given to a Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos for his dystopian comedy The Lobster with Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz performing the main characters.

Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien was awarded with Best Director for his first movie during eight years The Assassin.

The jury forgot about Cate Blanchett, who was co-starring with Rooney Mara, and decided to honor Emmanuelle Bercot for her role in My King instead.

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara at 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara at 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival

This year there were 19  in-competition movies while Mad Max: Fury Road and Pixar’s Inside Out were dropped out of competition.

Besides, the heels scandal appeared on the festival when several woman were turned away from screening because of not wearing high heels. Valeria Richter, a film producer, claimed to be among those who were stopped although the festival denied the fact that heels were included in the official dress code.

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