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Cannes 2015: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Dheepan’ wins Palme d’Or

Director Jacques Audiard holds his prize, flanked by "Dheepan" actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan and actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan.

Director Jacques Audiard holds his prize, flanked by “Dheepan” actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan and actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan.

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Director Jacques Audiard’s film “Dheepan,” a drama about three Tamil exiles trying to reconstruct their lives in France, has won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

“These people are running away from a tragedy,” Audiard told L.A. Times film critic Kenneth Turan earlier this week, “and I didn’t want it to have anything to do with post-colonial France. Sri Lanka seemed like the end of the earth for me; before embarking on this project I couldn’t have located it on a map.”

FULL COVERAGE: Cannes 2015

“Son of Saul,” about an Auschwitz Sonderkommando work unit, won the Grand Prix award, while best director went to Taiwan’s Hou Hsiao-hsien for the martial arts film “The Assassin”

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A complete report from Cannes can be found here. Below is the full list of winners:

Palme d’Or: “Dheepan,” Jacques Audiard

Grand Prix: “Son of Saul,” Laszlo Nemes

Best director: Hou Hsiao-hsien, “The Assassin”

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Jury prize: “The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos

Best screenplay: Michael Franco, “Chronic”

Best actress: Rooney Mara, “Carol”; and Emmanuelle Bercot, “Mon Roi”

Best actor: Vincent Lindon, “La Loi du Marche”

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Palme d’Or, short film: “Waves ’98,” Ely Dagher

Camera d’Or: “La Tierra y La Sombra,” Cesar Augusto Acevedo

Honorary Palme d’Or: Agnes Varda

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