Sri Lankan themed ‘Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or, top honor of Cannes Film Festival 2015


May 25, 2015 (LBO) – Jacques Audiard’s immigrant drama “Dheepan” has won the Palme d’Or, the top honor of the Cannes Film Festival, foreign media reported.

“Dheepan” is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee from Sri Lanka for a housing project in France.

The runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, went to “Son of Saul,” a grim Hungarian Holocaust drama by first-time director Laszlo Nemes.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the Taiwanese filmmaker, won best director for martial arts drama “The Assassin”.

The best actress prize was split between Rooney Mara of Todd Haynes’ `50s lesbian drama “Carol,” and Emmanuelle Bercot, the French star of the roller coaster marriage drama “My King.”