Cannes 2015: The winners and losers

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Cannes 2015 closes with glittering ceremony.

Jacques Audiard has cemented his place as the premier contemporary French director by winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes for his seventh feature, Dheepan.

After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies — and a couple of duds — the Cannes Film Festival closed with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d’Or. (Source: PTI) After nearly two weeks of stirring, sleek and thought-provoking movies — and a couple of duds — the Cannes Film Festival closed today with an awards night to declare the winner of its coveted Palme d’Or. US directing duo the Coen brothers headed this year’s jury of top actors and filmmakers deciding which of the 19 competition entries will walk away with the 20,000-euro (USD 24,000) gold-and-crystal trophy. His new film is a less-starry affair than those two; the tale of a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family. This year’s Grand Prix went to 38-year-old debut director László Nemes for Son of Saul, the Auschwitz-set story of a prisoner working as a Sonderkommando, guiding Jews into the gas chambers and then disposing of their bodies.

Joel and Ethan Coen, the makers of Oscar-winner “No Country for Old Men” and the 1991 Palme d’Or winner “Barton Fink”, could be swayed by movies with menace, or oddball humour, or extraordinary production values. The director thanked his producers and actors, including Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz, who play single people who must find a mate within 45 days or be turned into a wild animal. The opinions of the other members of the panel also have to be taken into account — for instance, Mexican director Guillermo del Toro (known for fantasies such as “Pan’s Labyrinth), Canadian wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan, and actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Sienna Miller.

An unofficial award, the Queer Palme, decided by a separate panel looking to highlight gay people in movies, went to “Carol”, an American lesbian drama that was warmly received at the festival. Rooney Mara took the gong for her role as an inexperienced shopgirl in 1950s New York who begins a relationship with Cate Blanchett’s unhappily married mother-of-one. Haynes, accepting the award in Mara’s absence, said both he and she were “completely blown away and surprised” by the honour. “I love you, I wish you were here,” he said.

Veteran French star Vincent Lindon earned prolonged applause as he took the stage to pick up the best actor award for Stéphane Brizé’s The Measure of a Man, in which he plays a man crushed by his job as a supermarket security guard. Lindon beat the likes of Michael Caine ( Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth), and Tim Roth, who plays a traumatised palliative care nurse in bleak drama Chronic.

Early in the ceremony, the London singer and pianist Benjamin Clementine performed the song ‘Fare Thee Well’ from Inside Llewyn Davis, the Coens’ folk drama, which took the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2013. After his speech, Augusto continued the musical theme of this year’s ceremony by leading the audience in a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ to Reilly, who turned 50. Best director went to Taiwanese film-maker Hou Hsiao-hsien, whose martial arts epic The Assassin marks his return to cinema after an eight year absence. But although there has been an absence of high-profile turkeys such as last year’s opener, Grace of Monaco, the number of flat-out classics was also been felt to be down. Last year’s festival saw the premieres of Leviathan, Winter Sleep, Mr Turner, Jimmy’s Hall, Foxcatcher, Wild Tales, Clouds of Sils Maria, Mommy and Two Days, One Night.

Instead, the headlines were dominated by the midnight screening of Gaspar Noé’s 3D sex movie, Love, and by “flatgate”, which saw the festival under attack after security guards banned a number of women – including an amputee – from premieres for not wearing high heels.

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