French film ‘Dheepan’ claimed Cannes Palme d’Or, as Vincent Lindon, Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot bagged best actor awards at Cannes Film Festival.
The jury surprised the audience by picking French director Jacques Audiard’s drama, which centers on Sri Lankan refugees fleeing who flee post-civil for a life in France, for the top honour, the BBC reports.
Audiard said that it was “pretty exceptional” to receive a prize from the Coen brothers and he was very touched.
Joel Coen said that the jury wasn’t of film critics, but of artists who focused on the “work.”
68th Cannes Film Festival top awards include:
Palme D’Or: Dheepan
Grand Prix: Son of Saul
Jury Prize: The Lobster
Best Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
Best Actor: Vincent Lindon
Best Actress: Rooney Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot
Best Screenplay: Michel Franco (Chronic)
Camera d’Or (Best first feature): La Tierra Y la Sombra
19 films competed at the awards this year, but several were ruled out of competition, including Charlize Theron starrer ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ and Pixar’s ‘Inside Out.’