The French film director and screenwriter Jacques Audiard successfully closed the curtain on the French Riviera
It is certainly not strange for Coen brothers to do something unordinary, unexpected and shocking. And, as many times before, as this year’s Cannes’ Presidents of the Jury, they did it again: Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan” shocked the public, as the film won Palme d’Or.
“Dheepan” follows a story about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior played by Jesuthasan Antonythasan who moves to France to start a brand new life in a very new fake family. If you can say that the main actor is quietly unknown, you can certainly forget that when it comes to the man behind the movie. Jacques Audiard directorial life came to focus a few years ago with “The Beat That My Heart Skipped” in 2005 (winning a BAFTA for foreign film), “A Prophet” in 2002 (winning a BAFTA, an Oscar nomination and Grand Prize of the Jury at Cannes) and “Rust and Bone” three years ago (several nominations on the main European film festivals). After “A Prophet” it was more than obvious that the talent can be a thing of the DNA (both his father and uncle were screenwriters and producers, respectively) and this year’s Cannes proved it.
Even though the public (read “the bitter film lovers”) disliked the button the jury pushed when it comes to the main prize, other prizes were more or less expected. “Saul Fia” (Son of Saul), a fascinating film by the Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, about an Auschwitz work unit and one of its prisoners won the Grand Prix, while the Best Director award went into the hands o Taiwan’s director Hou Hsiao-hsien for (already dubbed masterpiece) the martial arts film “Nie Yinniang” (The Assassin).
Vincent Lindon won Best Actor for Stéphane Brizé’s “La Loi du Marché”, while the Best Actress prize had to be shared between extraordinary Rooney Mara for Todd Hayne’s “Carol” and Emmanuelle Bercot in Maïwenn Besco’s “Mon Roi”.
This year’s honorary Palme d’Or went to Agnes Varda, a French film director who is without a doubt one of the most significant figures in the French cinema.
The 68th Cannes Film Festival was presided by Joel and Ethan Coen. Jury members included Jake Gyllenhaal, Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller and Guillermo del Toro among others.