“Dheepan” wins prestigious Palme d’Or at  68th Cannes film festival

“Dheepan” wins prestigious Palme d’Or at 68th Cannes film festival

“Dheepan” wins prestigious Palme d’Or at 68th Cannes film festival

Written by Staff Writer

25 May, 2015 | 10:26 am

French director Jacques Audiard was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 68th Cannes film festival on Sunday (May 24th) for his film “Dheepan”.

Played by Jesuthasan Antonythasan, a former child soldier, who fled his country of origin and settled in France, the protagonist of the film “Dheepan” tells the tale of an ex-combatant who arrives in Paris with a woman and a young girl he doesn’t know, in the hope it will make it easier to claim asylum in France.

First time director Laszlo Nemes won the Grand Prix award after causing a stir in Cannes with his unflinching film about the process of extermination of Jews during the Holocaust in ” Son of Saul “.

Director Michel Franco won the Best Screenplay award for his film “Chronic”, starring Tim Roth as a male nurse looking after terminally ill patients.

Best Director honours went to Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien for his film “The Assassin “.

The veteran director’s film features the Taiwan-born actress Shu Qi as a black-garbed ninth-century assassin who never loses a fight, even against huge odds.

Emmanuelle Bercot was awarded a joint Best Actress award for her performance in French director Maiwenn Besco’s , My King.

French actor Vincent Lindon picked up the Best Actor award for the film for French director Stephane Brize’s film The Measure of a Man, where he plays a man struggling to support his family after losing his factory job.

A total of 19 films were competing in the main competition at the Cannes film festival, with the eventual winners decided by a jury co-headed by filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen.

-Reuters 

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