Last night saw a surprise winner take the top honours at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or. Auteur Jacques Audiard won the prestigious prize for his film Dheepan, about an improvised family of Sri Lankan refugees living in Paris.
Boos, shrugs and less-than-enthusiastic applause greeted the announcement. The film received respectable but lukewarm reviews, in contrast to Audiard’s A Prophet (which won the second-place Grand Prix in 2009) and Rust and Bone, which had a good reception in 2012.
This year’s jury was headed by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski), and also featured Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma, Rokia Traoré, and Sienna Miller.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Palme d’Or: Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard
Grand Prix: Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes
Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien for The Assassin
Best Actor: Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man
Best Screenplay: Chronic, written by Michel Franco
Camera d’Or (Best First Feature): La Tierra y la Sombre, directed by Cesar Acevedo
Best Actress (shared prize): Rooney Mara for Carol and Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon Roi
Palme d’Or (Short Film): Waves ’98, Directed by Ely Dagher
Jury Prize: The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos