Dheepan Takes The Cannes Palme d’Or

After nearly two weeks of screenings, the 68th Cannes Film Festival has come to a close with this year’s awards having now been handed out.

Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” has taken the top prize of this year’s Palme d’Or, a surprising choice considering reviews for the film were mixed. Jesuthasan Antonythasan stars in the film as a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and ends up working as a caretaker.

Laszlo Nemes’ raved about “Son Of Saul” scored the second place Grand Prix award, whilst Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” took this year’s Jury Prize. Also scoring honors were Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and Emmanuelle Bercot (“Mon Roi”) sharing a best actress win, and Vincent Lindon (“The Measure Of A Man”) winning for best actor.

Hou Hsiao-hsien won best director for “The Assassin,” Michel Franco took a best screenplay award for “Chronic,” “La Tierra Y La Sombra” took the Camera d’Or, and “Waves 98” won for short film.

The jury for this year’s competition included Joel and Ethan Coen, Guillermo del Toro, Sienna Miller, Sophie Marceau, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rossy de Palma, Rokia Traore and Xavier Dolan.