The Jury of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, presided by Joel and Ethan Coen, revealed the names of the 2015 prize-winners during the Awards Ceremony. The winner of the golden palm leaf, Dheepan, a film revolving around the lives of Tamil refugees moving to France to escape Sri Lanka’s civil war, had an effective political message, but its win left festival goers feeling flat. Ethan Coen said that “to some degree or another,” the jury all thought it was a “beautiful movie.” Whether it was beautiful enough to take home Cannes’ top prize or not is uncertain, but at least the value of the prize isn’t in dispute. Jake Gyllenhaal, actor and jury member, added a little levity by affirming, “It’s a good prize.”
The director and French artist, Agnès Varda, received an honorary Palme d’or for her collected works from Jane Birkin. The closing film La Glace et le Ciel (Ice and the Sky) by Luc Jacquet was screened at the end of the Ceremony. Cate Blanchett, a probable contender for best actress for her role in the lesbian drama, Carol, went away empty handed, as did all Italian films in the nominated categories.
Below are the winners of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival Competitions.
FEATURE FILMS – COMPETITION
Dheepan by Jacques Audiard
Saul Fia (Son of Saul) by László Nemes
Best Director Award
Hou Hsiao-Hsien for Nie Yinniang (The Assassin)
The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos
Best Actor Award
Vincent Lindon in La Loi Du Marché (The Measure of a Man) by Stéphane Brizé
Best Screenplay Award
Michel Franco for Chronic
SHORT FILMS – COMPETITION
Waves ’98 by Ely Dagher
La Tierra Y La Sombra by César Augusto Acevedo presented during La Semaine de la Critique