The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival has crowed local film Dheepan as the winner of its prestigious Palme d’Or award as the world’s most famous film festival closes its doors for another year.
Written and directed by seasoned filmmaker Jacques Audiard, a four time Palme d’Or nominee and two time BAFTA award winner, the film tells the story of Dheepan, a Sri Lankan refugee and freedom fighter who flees his war-torn country in search of a better life in France.
With a strange woman and young child in tow, Dheepan hopes the French authorities will believe they are a family and grant them asylum in Europe. But once there, life proves no easier for the ‘family’ as their safety is jeopardised once again, and having developed love for his new family, Dheepan must once again embrace his inner warrior if he is to protect the ones he has come to love.
The decision by the Cannes jury, headed by four time Academy Award-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen, came as a surprise to many, with Hungarian drama Son of Saul, which took the Grand Prix award, being tipped as the favourite heading in to the festival to pick up the Palme d’Or.
None-the-less, Dheepan emerged a worthy winner that will now make the rounds at the global box office, though likely on limited release.
Check out the full list of winners from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival below.
68th Cannes Film Festival top awards:
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 (shared)
Best Screenplay: Michel Franco (Chronic)
Camera d’Or (Best first feature): La Tierra Y la Sombra