Jacques Audiard, 2015 Palme d’Or winner for Dheepan Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival
The film, one of a number of films dealing with hard-hitting issues at this year’s festival, deals with a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family.
Dheephan, the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France.
Mexican director Michel Franco received the best script accolade for Chronic. He told the Coen Brothers that they were one of the reasons he went in to cinema. Tim Roth stars as a nurse who invests too much in his clients’ end-of-life care.
The best actress prize was shared by Rooney Mara for her performance as the shop girl in a lesbian relationship with Cate Blanchett in Carol by Todd Haynes and Emmanuelle Bercot for her role opposite Vincent Cassel in Mon Roi by Maïwenn. Haynes accepted the award on behalf of Mara, who had to return earlier to New York.
The best actor award went to Vincent Lindon for The Measure Of A Man by Stephane Brizé, in which he plays a family man on the dole trying to find work. In an emotional speech, Lindon said it was the first time he had received a prize in his life.
Future dystopia The Lobster.
Taiwanese veteran Hou Hsiao-hsien was named best director for his film The Assassin, an enigmatic and stunningly beautiful refined martial arts tale.
First-time contender Laszlo Nemes received the grand prix for Son Of Saul, a tough-minded Auschwitz study which early on started a critical buzz.
The Colombian film Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) by director César Augusto Acevedo won the Camera d’Or out of 26 first films in the Festival.
During the cermony, an honorary Palme was given to Agnès Varda for her body of work. The award was bestowed by Jane Birkin to “the only woman in the boys’ club of the Nouvelle Vague”.
Varda said: “I am a woman and French and my films never make money.” Only Woody Allen, in 2002, Clint Eastwood, in 2009, and Bernardo Bertolucci, in 2011, have been honoured with this award.