Dheepan wins Palme d’Or at Cannes 2015

Refugee drama picks up the big Cannes award


It was a tight race, and all the clear favourites during the festival were rewarded with various prizes. Director Jacques Audiard won the top award for “Dheepan”, his gripping drama of Sri Lankan refugees trying to get by in France. “Receiving an award from the Coen brothers is something that is quite exceptional,” he said from the stage. “I’m thinking of my father [French director Michel Audiard].” Audiard had already won a Grand Prix in 2009 for his powerful “Prophet”.

The Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes was presided by Joel and Ethan Coen. After paying tribute to Jean Zay, a resistance hero and founder of the Festival, Lambert Wilson welcomed the prize-givers and winners onto the stage of the Grand Théâtre Lumière, to the sound of music playing. The Belgian actress, Cécile de France, had the honour of awarding the Palme d’or to the best of the 19 films in Competition.

The director and French artist, Agnès Varda, received an honorary Palme d’or for her collected works from Jane Birkin.

The closing film La Glace et le Ciel (Ice and the Sky) by Luc Jacquet was screened at the end of the event.

Many people consider the revelation of this year’s Cannes Film Festival to be Hungarian director László Nemes’ “Son of Saul“, winner of the Grand Prix. “I tried to talk about a serious subject for my generation, which is still haunted by these events,” he said. “And I wanted to shoot it on film reel because it’s important that this medium does not die out. We can still shoot and screen on film reels!”

FEATURE FILMS – COMPETITION

Palme d’or
DHEEPAN
by Jacques AUDIARD

Grand Prix
SAUL FIA
(Son of Saul) by László NEMES

Best Director Award
HOU Hsiao-Hsien
for NIE YINNIANG (The Assassin)

Jury Prize
THE LOBSTER
by Yorgos LANTHIMOS

Best Actress Award
Rooney MARA
in CAROL by Todd HAYNES
Emmanuelle BERCOT
in MON ROI by MAÏWENN

Best Actor Award
Vincent LINDON
in LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (The Measure of a Man) by Stéphane BRIZÉ

Best Screenplay Award
Michel FRANCO
for CHRONIC

SHORT FILMS – COMPETITION

Palme d’or
WAVES ’98
by Ely DAGHER

CAMÉRA D’OR

LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA by César Augusto ACEVEDO presented during La Semaine de la Critique

The Jury of the CST has awarded the VULCAN AWARD OF THE TECHNICAL ARTIST to: Tamas ZANYI, sound engineer, for the outstanding contribution of sound to the narration of SAUL FIA (Son of Saul) by László NEMES.

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