Cannes 2015: The winners are revealed
A great night for French film
It was an evening full of surprises as this year's Cannes jury, headed by co-presidents Ethan and Joel Coen, announced the winning films and individuals for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival.
After much hype and industry insiders tipping Todd Hayes's Carol to be the big winner of the festival, it was in fact French director, Jacques Audiard's Dheepan, that scooped the big win of the night. Making Audiard a first time Palme d'Or winner. The film is about a created family of Sri Lankan immigrants trading one war for another when they come to start a new life in France. Audiard has previously won the Grand Prize here for A Prophet, and a screenplay prize too, so he has been impressing Cannes juries for some years.
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
"It was swift, everybody had an enthusiasm for it," said Joel Coen of the jury's decision. "To some degree or another we all thought it was a very beautiful movie. We're different people, some people had greater enthusiasms for other things or lesser, but in terms of this movie, everybody had some level of excitement, some high level of excitement and enthusiasm for it."
Laszlo Nemes and Mads Mikkelsen
Hungarian director, Laszlo Nemes, won the prestigious Grand Prix (grand prize) for his World War II film, Saul Fia (Son of Saul). He was presented with this prize by actor Mads Mikkelsen.
Aleria Golinowith Hou Hsiao-Hsien
The Assassin from Cannes favourite, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, won the Best Director prize. The martial arts film was enthusiastically received by critics, hearing a chorus of "It's beautiful to look at," from all who went to see it.
In a surprise decision, the Cannes jury split the Best Actress award between upcoming Hollywood star Rooney Mara and France's Emmanuelle Bercot. Leaving the critic's tipped favourite, Cate Blanchett, out of the running.
The Best Actor went to France's journeyman thespian, Vincent Lindon, for his performance in Measure Of A Man. Lindon was shocked and emotional at his win: "One of the Coens said my name and I didn't realise it was me," adding: "I thought people were looking at someone behind me." He says he felt like a kid again. "When you have such a strong emotion it sends you into a childlike state."
Emmanuelle Bercot, Jacques Audiard and Vincent Lindon