French film “Dheepan” wins the top Palme d’Or prize for director Jacques Audiard at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival. Other awards were handed out to “Saul Fia (Son of Saul), “The Lobster” and “Nie Yinniang” (The Assassin). While France’s Vincent Lindon won best actor for “La Loi du Marche” (The Measure of a Man) and the best actress prize shared between U.S.’s Rooney Mara for her role in Todd Haynes’s “Carol” and French actress Emmanuelle Bercot in French director Maiwenn Besco’s Mon Roi (My King).
(WILD BUNCH) – French director Jacques Audiard was awarded the Palme d’Or at the 68th Cannes film festival on Sunday (May 24) for his film “Dheepan”, about a Tamil freedom fighter escaping Sri Lanka and seeking to build a new life in Paris.
Played by Jesuthasan Antonythasan, a former child soldier with the Sri Lankan militant group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who fled the country and settled in France, “Dheepan” is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger, who decides to flee the conflict in his country and 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 “Saul Fia” (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.
The Jury Prize went to Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos for his surreal black comedy “The Lobster” in which society decrees that single people must find a partner during a luxury hotel “dating game” or be turned into an animal of their choice.
Best Director honours went to Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien for his film “Nie Yinniang” (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 “Mon Roi” (My King). She shared the honour with Rooney Mara for her performance in director Todd Haynes’s “Carol” where she plays shopgirl Therese Belivet who has an affair with a married woman, played by Cate Blanchett.
Bercot, herself a movie director, plays the lawyer Tony who married Vincent Cassel’s Georgio, who gives the appearance of being a successful restaurateur but whose business affairs — and personality — are murkier than the image of the Jaguar-driving bon vivant he likes to project.
French actor Vincent Lindon picked up the Best Actor award for the film for French director Stephane Brize’s film “La Loi du Marche” (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.