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May 25, 2015

68th Cannes Film Festival Awards - Dheepan wins Palme d'Or


The 2015 Cannes Film Festival ended with a closing awards ceremony a while ago. The jury headed by Joel and Ethan Coen awarded the prestigious Palme d'Or to Jacques Audiard's DHEEPAN. A film that nobody, even non-attendees like me expected to win because of the critical response it generated. This French immigrant drama with a Sri Lankan Tamil family at the center, didn't have the buzz going for it. Reviews expressed problems with the ending and calling it least favorite of Audiard's films that have been presented before at Cannes. On the other hand, the Hungarian Holocaust thriller SON OF SAUL won the Grand Prix which is a second place best film award. Some predicted it for the Palme, as did I. The film also won a few independent awards last night. An audacious debut per critics with great acclaim. And the final film to win one of the three best film prizes was Yorgos Lanthimos's crazy-weird English-language outing, THE LOBSTER which won the Jury Prize. The film received all kinds of reviews, mostly positive and expressed great feelings for the basic idea and narration of the film. People like I, predicted it for screenplay, which went to Michel Franco's CHRONIC. Another surprise. That was one of the last films to be shown at the festival and was predicted to win best actor for Tim Roth but that didn't happen. The best director award went to Hou Hsiao-hsien for his immaculately shot wuxia stunner, THE ASSASSIN. Note that I am quoting critics in describing these films. HHH is a cinephile favorite, who, per the majority should have been given the Palme.


The Assassin and Todd Haynes' CAROL were the overwhelming favorites of critics, receiving some of the overall ace reviews a film has received at Cannes in the last few years. The only competition award Carol got was for Rooney Mara as Best Actress which she shared with Emmanuelle Bercot of MON ROI. Mon Roi received some of the worst reviews this year. Bercot of course was also the director of this year's Cannes opener, "Standing Tall". Vincent Lindon won best actor for the Dardenne-esque social drama THE MEASURE OF A MAN. A performance that was favorite to win, proclaiming him to be an instant favorite after the film premiered. Some other awards... the Camera d'Or went to LAND AND SHADE, a Colombian drama. The Queer Palm went to CAROL while a new prize, L'Œil d'or was given to the documentary BEYOND MY GRANDFATHER ALLENDE. The main prizes in each section went to Icelandic RAMS (Un Certain Regard), PAULINA (International Critics' Week) and EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Director's Fortnight).



Between red carpet glamour, the no-high-heels-no-entry scandal and lots of buzz, excitement and boos, there was a lot to catch up to on Twitter for the last few days. I am a passionate Cannes follower and it gives me a great pleasure to see cinema celebrated in such a manner (I said cinema not red carpet vanity and press behaving like crazy). Looking forward to the films.

Check out the complete list of winners below, there are too many:

OFFICIAL SELECTION

In Competition:-

- Palme d'Or: Dheepan by Jacques Audiard
- Grand Prix: Son of Saul by László Nemes
- Jury Prize: The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos
- Best Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien for The Assassin
- Best Screenplay: Michel Franco for Chronic
- Best Actor: Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man
- Best Actress: Rooney Mara for Carol & Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon roi

Un Certain Regard:-

- Un Certain Regard Award: Rams by Grímur Hákonarson
- Un Certain Regard Jury Prize: The High Sun by Dalibor Matanic
- Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Journey to the Shore
- Prix Un Certain Talent: The Treasure by Corneliu Porumboiu
- Un Certain Regard Special Prize for Debut Films: Nahid by Ida Panahandeh & Masaan by Neeraj Ghaywan

Golden Camera:-

- Caméra d'Or: Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo

Short Films:-

- Short Film Palme d'Or: Waves '98 by Ely Dagher

Cinéfondation:-

- First Prize: Share by Pippa Bianco
- Second Prize: Lost Queens by Ignacio Juricic Merillán
- Third Prize: The Return of Erkin by Maria Guskova and Victor XX by Ian Garrido López

PARALLEL SECTIONS

International Critics' Week:-

- Nespresso Grand Prize: Paulina by Santiago Mitre
- France 4 Visionary Award: Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo
- SACD Award: Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo
- Sony CineAlta Discovery Award for Short Film: Chickenpox by Fulvio Risuleo
- Canal+ Award: Ramona by Andrei Cre?ulescu
- Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award: The Wakhan Front by Clément Cogitore

Directors' Fortnight:-

- Art Cinema Award: Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra
- SACD Prize: My Golden Years by Arnaud Desplechin
- Europa Cinemas Label Award: Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
- Illy Prize for Short Film: Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa
- Special Mention: The Exquisite Corpus by Peter Tscherkassky

INDEPENDENT PRIZES

FIPRESCI Prize:-

- In Competition: Son of Saul by László Nemes
- Un Certain Regard: Masaan by Neeraj Ghaywan
- Parallel Sections: Paulina by Santiago Mitre (International Critics' Week)

Ecumenical Jury:-

- Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: My Mother by Nanni Moretti
- Commendations: The Measure of a Man by Stéphane Brizé & Taklub by Brillante Mendoza

L'Œil d'or:-

- L'Œil d'or: Beyond My Grandfather Allende by Marcia Tambutti Allende
- Special Mention: Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words by Stig Björkman

Queer Palm Jury:-

- Queer Palm Award: Carol by Todd Haynes
- Special Mention: The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos

Palm Dog:-

- Palm Dog Award: Lucky the Maltipoo for Arabian Nights
- Grand Jury Prize: "Bob" from The Lobster
- Palm Dog Manitarian award: I Am a Soldier

Prix François Chalais:-

- François Chalais Prize: Son of Saul by László Nemes

Special Award:-

- Honorary Palme d'Or: Agnès Varda