Dheepan has won the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The drama about Tamil refugees attempting to build a new life in France from director Jacques Audiard (pictured) took home the top award at Sunday’s awards ceremony, bringing days of film premieres and red carpet moments to a close.
Directors Joel and Ethan Coen led the jury, which also included Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Guillermo del Toro. The jury selected Dheepan from 19 films in the main competition. Laszlo Nemes’ holocaust drama Son of Saul won the runner-up Grand Prix prize.
Rooney Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot shared the best actress award for their respective performances in Carol and Mon Roi. The best actor award went to Vincent Lindon for his performance in The Measure of a Man.
The jury prize went to Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster, a sci-fi romance starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz. Mexican director Michel Franco won for his screenplay for Chronic, starring Tim Roth, and Hou Hsiao-Hsien won best director for The Assassin.
Director Agnes Varda became the first woman to win an honorary Palme d’Or. The award has only been given out three times: to Woody Allen, Clint Eastwood, and Bernardo Bertolucci.