Cannes Film Festival winners 2015
Here are the winners from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, as chosen by a jury led by US director siblings Joel and Ethan Coen:
Palme d’Or: “Dheepan”
(French director Jacques Audiard)
A thriller spotlighting the plight of Sri Lankan refugees, including a traumatised former insurgent, as they try to build new lives in France.
Grand Prize: “Son of Saul”
(Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes)
The 38-year-old Nemes’s first feature, this movie was widely acclaimed for taking audiences into a Nazi concentration camp and showing the Holocaust in a different way.
Jury Prize: “The Lobster”
(Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos)
Starring a paunchy, deadpan Colin Farrell, “The Lobster” is a weird but well-received movie about single people who are transformed into animals if they don’t find a mate.
Best actor: Vincent Lindon
(“The Measure of a Man”)
Talented, gruff French character actor Lindon scooped the prize for his performance as a laid-off factory worker desperately searching for a job.
Best actress: Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot
(“Carol”, “Mon Roi”)
Mara won the award for her part in lesbian love affair “Carol” in which she co-starred with Cate Blanchett, while France’s Emmanuelle Bercot was also awarded for her performance as a woman looking back on a destructive relationship with a deceitful but charming boyfriend.
Best director: Hou Hsiao-hsien
A leading figure in Taiwan’s “New Wave” cinema, Hou won for his slow-burning minimalist drama set in ninth-century China featuring Asian megastar Shu Qi as a female assassin who, after failing in one mission, is sent back to her home province to kill its governor, who is also the man she loves.
Best screenplay: Chronic
Mexican writer-director Franco won for his bleak film about an end-of-life nurse played by Tim Roth who grows too close to some of his patients and faces difficult moral choices about assisted suicide.