Sun, sea and cinema provided the backdrop for this year’s most glamorous film festival. The glitzy show that sees the stars of the most sublime movies descended the red carpets of the South of France, has come to an end with everyone piling out of cinemas in a daze of great films and high heeled controversy. With the event coming to the close, much to the delight of critics and cinema lovers confined to a very wet England who have ironically been burning with jealousy, it’s time to celebrate the crème da la crème in world cinema as the prizes have been given out!
The Palme d’Or went to Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard which revolves around a Sir Lankan warrior who has run away to France and ends up working as a janitor in the capital. Camera d’Or, celebrating Best Debut Feature, goes to Land and Shade by Cesar Augusto Acevedo. Son of Saul won the Grand Prix Award and Rams won Un Certain Regard Prizw whilst Best Director was scooped up by The Assassins. The Lobster and Chronic also won top awards.
And as we wind down from the excellence that is cinema, we can’t wait to see all these remarkable films. Bring on Cannes 2016!
And The Winners Are....
Palme d’Or: Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, France)
Grand Prix: Son of Saul (Laszlo Nemes, Hungary)
Director: Hou Hsiao-hsien, The Assassin (Taiwan)
Actor: Vincent Lindon, The Measure of a Man (France)
Actress (tie): Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon roi (France), and Rooney Mara, Carol (U.K.)
Jury Prize: Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster (Greece-Ireland-U.K.-Netherlands-France)
Screenplay: Michel Franco, Chronic (Mexico-France)
Palme d’Honneur: Agnes Varda
Camera d’Or: Land and Shade (Cesar Augusto Acevedo, Colombia)
Short Films Palme d’Or: Waves ’98 (Ely Dagher)
Ecumenical Jury Prize: My Mother (Nanni Moretti)
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Un Certain Regard Prize: Rams (Grimur Hakonarson, Iceland-Denmark)
Jury prize: The High Sun (Dalibor Matanic, Croatia-Slovenia-Serbia)
Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Journey to the Shore (Japan-France)
Un Certain Talent Prize: Corneliu Porumboiu, The Treasure (Romania)
Special Prize for Promising Futures (tie): Nahid (Ida Panahandeh, Iran) and Masaan (Neeraj Ghaywan, France-India)
Art Cinema Award: The Embrace of the Serpent (Ciro Guerra, Colombia)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: My Golden Days (Arnaud Desplechin, France)
Europa Cinemas Label: Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven, France-Turkey-Germany)
Grand Prize: Paulina (Santiago Mitre, Argentina-Brazil-France)
Visionary Prize: Land and Shade
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: Land and Shade
Competition: Son of Saul (Laszlo Nemes, Hungary)
Un Certain Regard: Masaan
Critics’ Week: Paulina