Cannes Film Festival 2015- “Dheepan” Wins Palme D’Or


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As the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival came to a grand finale on Sunday, May 24, the coveted Palme D’Or (or Golden Palm) prize was awarded to the drama Dheepan. The film, by 63-year-old French director Jacques Audiard, tells the story of a former Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger soldier named Dheepan (played by Jesuthasan Antonythasan), who moves to France to begin a new life.

The Cannes runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, was officially awarded to the Holocaust-era film Son of Saul, directed by Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes. The film stars Géza Röhrig as title character Saul, a man who survives the terrifying and tragic experience of Auschwitz in 1944 and believes he has found the body of his son in the gas chambers.

The Best Actor award was given to Vincent London, who stars as unemployed factory worker Thierry in The Measure of a Man (directed by Stéphane Brizé).

The Best Actress prize was awarded to two leading ladies this year. Thirty-year-old actress Rooney Mara took home the award for her role as young department store worker Therese Belivet, who falls in love with older, married Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) in New York City during the 1950s. Meanwhile, Parisienne actress Emmanuelle Bercot also took home a Best Actress award for her role as Tony in the French language film Mon roi (My King). As Tony, Bercot played the love interest of the destructive, narcissistic Georgio (Vincent Cassel).

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