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With features such as The Beat That My Heart Skipped and Rust and Bone under his belt, filmmaker Jacques Audiard has garnered acclaim across various festivals over the course of his career. The Cannes Film Festival has been no different in this regard, as Audiard had been nominated three times for the Palme d’Or prior to the 2015 incarnation of the festival, for A Self-Made Hero, A Prophet, and Rust and Bone. The 2015 Festival, however, brought his first win, for Audiard’s newest feature Dheepan.
Audiard takes on both co-writing and directing duties for the film, with the three primary roles being notably played by relative newcomers. Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who plays the titular character, is appearing in only his second film, with co-stars Kalieaswari Srinivasan and Claudine Vinasithamby making their debuts in the feature. The synopsis is below.
Dheepan is a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France and »
- Deepayan Sengupta
A master at capturing the intense emotional turmoil of seemingly ordinary people, the films of director Jacques Audiard ("A Prophet," "Rust And Bone") are not for the faint-hearted. But this year, the jury at Cannes were with him every step of the way, awarding his latest "Dheepan" with the Palme d'Or. And while it lacks English subtitles or dialogue, the first international trailer for the film still conveys the power it packs. Starring Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby), Vincent Rottiers, and Antonythasan Jesuthasan, the story follows a Tamil freedom fighter who comes to Europe, forms a makeshift family, and claims asylum. However, further violence in the Parisian slums forces him to make a stand. And all told, this looks like another knockout from Audiard, with our critic in Cannes calling the picture, "absolutely terrific." "Dheepan" opens in France on August 26th. Sundance Selects will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
★★★☆☆ Following the impressive The Beat That My Heart Skipped (2005), the excellent A Prophet (2010) and the melodramatic Rust and Bone (2012), Jacques Audiard returns to Cannes with Dheepan (2015), a mix of Loachian social realism and Death Wish-style violent fantasy. This outsider in Paris tale begins with a Tamil freedom fighter burning the bodies of his dead comrades and throwing his uniform into the fire. Disillusioned with the war he adopts the identity of one of the dead men, Dheepan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) and, with the help of the smuggler, recruits a young woman to pose as his wife (Kalieaswari Srinivasan) and an orphaned child (Claudine Vinasithamby) to be their daughter.
- CineVue UK
The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. Dheepan is a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in...
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The Cannes Film Festival concluded over the weekend, and the big prize winners have been announced. The main competition jury, led by Joel and Ethan Coen, made some surprising picks, awarding Dheepan the top prize, known as the Palme d'Or. It's a French-language drama about three refugees who flee Sri Lanka and seek to make a new life in France. Jacques Audiard directed; he's known for the prison-set A Prophet and the dramatic romance Rust and Bone. Dheepan will open in theaters in the U.S. via IFC / Sundance Selects, perhaps before the end of the year. The jury gave the Grand Prix to Son of Saul, a widely-acclaimed Holocaust drama directed by László Nemes. The Hungarian film is set at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, as a prisoner...
- Peter Martin
The 68th Cannes Film Festival was brought to a surprising close Sunday with Jacques Audiard's Sri Lankan refugee drama taking the festival's coveted top honor, the Palme d'Or.
The choice of Dheepan, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, left some critics scratching their heads. While the dapper French filmmaker has drawn widespread acclaim for films such as A Prophet and Rust and Bone, some critics were disappointed by the thriller climax of Audiard's film. Dheepan is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country and are settled in a violent housing project outside Paris.
"This isn't a jury of film critics," Joel Coen told reporters after the awards ceremony, alongside fellow jurors likeGuillermo del Toro and Jake Gyllenhaal. "This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work."
The win for »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
'Dheepan' has won the top prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d'Or. The Jacques Audiard-directed drama, which centres on refugees fleeing post-civil war Sri Lanka for a life in France, surprisingly claimed the coveted award after being selected by a judging panel led by acclaimed Us filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen. The French director, whose previous credits include 'A Prophet' and 'Rust and Bone', told the BBC: ''To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I'm very touched.'' Meanwhile, Joel Coen said: ''This isn't a jury of film critics. This is a jury of artists who are looking at the work.'' Elsewhere, 'Son of Saul' - a Holocaust drama - won the Grand Prix prize, which is essentially the runner-up award, while Vincent Lindon won Best Actor for his role in Stephane Brize's 'The Measure of a Man'. »
There was excitement and hope and murmurs that Youth or even Carol would win the coveted Palme d’Or for best picture in Cannes. So when the winner was finally announced, there were jeers in the press room. But there was also applause for Jacques Audiard and Dheepan, his first Cannes selection since 2012 and a 180-degree turn from Rust and Bone and the Oscar nominated The Prophet. One of the most awarded French filmmakers and a regular of the Cannes circuit, Audiard has always been kaleidoscopic in his films, going from one style to another. While Dheepan is a good film, it is not a great one. Inspired by 18th century writer Montesquieu, Audiard depicts how foreigners see France, their life often a combat because they feel uprooted or displaced and completely challenged. [caption id="attachment_463513" align="alignright" width="350"] Via Ugc Distribution[/caption] Dheepan (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) is not his real name. He was given the »
- Talia Soghomonian
It begins with chaos: shouting voices calling out in alarm, a cacophony of sound, and a flourish of a camera moving through a thick crowd. It ends with similar sounds and a similar shot, one far less sinister and disconcerting. What happens between these moments is oft times breathtaking in this remarkable film by one of the most celebrated of French directors. Jacques Audiard's career is now several decades old, but it was his 2009 Oscar nominated film Un prophète that caught considerable international attention. His next was Rust and Bone, a film that had some sublime moments but others that seemed both heavy-handed and gratuitous. It's then all the more pleasing that Audiard's latest is a touchstone of precision and craft. With an...
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Winners were announced on Sunday for the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, and the top prize, the coveted Palme d'Or, went to Jacques Audiard's French film "Dheepan." This is the first time Audiard has won the award following three unsuccessful attempts ("A Self-Made Hero" in 1996, "A Prophet" in 2009 and "Rust and Bone" in 2012), though he did previously win a screenwriting award for "Self-Made Hero" and the Grand Prix for "A Prophet." -Break- His last two entries lost to films by Michael Haneke – "The White Ribbon" in 2009 and "Amour" in 2012 – so in his speech, Audiard thanked Haneke "for not making a film this year." Oscars next for Cannes winners Rooney Mara, Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Lindon? This year, Oscar-winning directors Joel and Ethan Coen presided over the jury, which also included international actors Rossy de »
All the awards announced at the 68th Cannes film festival, where the French director of A Prophet and Rust and Bone won the Cannes film festival’s biggest prize for a drama about a group of former Tamil Tigers pretending to be a family in order to gain French asylum
Dheepan: Andrew Pulver’s reviewPeter Bradshaw’s Cannes awards predictionsThe Guardian film show: What will win the Palme d’Or? Continue reading »
- Henry Barnes
The French drama won the prize earlier today (May 24) in a shock decision as the 68th annual festival drew to a close.
Meanwhile, Vincent London won Best Actor for his role in The Measure of Man and Best »
Jacques Audiard, 2015 Palme d’Or winner for Dheepan Photo: Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival After spending the day (Sunday May 24) ensconced in a hideaway villa high in the hills behind Cannes, deprived of their mobile phones for the sake of secrecy, Joel and Ethan Coen and the rest of the Competition jury tonight have broken their silence to award the festival’s top prize to A Prophet and Rust And Bone director Jacques Audiard for Dheepan.
The film, one of a number of films dealing with hard-hitting issues at this year’s festival, deals with a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family.
Dheephan, the story of a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France. Lambert Wilson, master of ceremonies, told the gliterati at the Palais des Festivals, that they should open their eyes to the »
- Richard Mowe
The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped up Sunday out in France, and the jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen selected Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan as the winner of the Palme D’Or. Dheepan tells the story of a Tamil warrior who relocates to Paris after being forced to flee his country during the Sri Lankan Civil War. Audiard has previously been a near runner-up with each of his last two films submitted for the Palme, A Prophet and Rust and Bone. Watch the first clip for Dheepan here.
From Laszlo Nemes, the Holocaust drama Son of Saul won the Grand Jury Prize. Hou Hsiao-hsien, thought to be a Palme contender, ended up picking up the Best Director prize for his period, action drama The Assassin. He previously won the Jury Prize for The Puppetmaster. Rooney Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot split the Best Actress prize for their films Carol and Mon Roi. »
- Brian Welk
Critics had predicted that Todd Haynes’ Carol or Hou Hsiao-hsien’s The Assassin would take the top prize, while momentum appeared to shift to Laszlo Nemes’ Son Of Saul when it picked up the Fipresci prize. Even the bookies favoured a different title, pegging Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Lobster for the prestigious honour.
But while they each left the Lumiere Theatre with one prize apiece, it was Dheepan that claimed the top honour.
The drama centres on a Tamil freedom fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan, one of three non-professional Tamil leads) who, near the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War, flees to Europe with a makeshift family hoping to claim asylum »
The Cannes Film festival has given out the awards at its closing ceremony at the Theatre Lumiere. Some inevitable winners were joined by some surprises: perhaps the biggest was French auteur Jacques Audiard winning the Palme d'Or for "Dheepan," his timely, intuitive, brilliant and empathetic portrait of Tamil Emigres in France. While it was respected, no one was picking this for the big win. Clearly, it was a consensus choice. Audiard brought his two first-time actors, Antonythasan Jesuthasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan, up to the stage. Audiard's "Rust and Bone" had gone home empty-handed, but he won the Grand Prix for "A Prophet" in 2009. This is the fourth Palme d'Or win in ten years for IFC Films, which picked up the film for stateside release via Sundance Selects. All in all the French did well this year. Read: How Cannes Changed Its Jurors' Lives. When Agnes Varda, 86, accepted her well-deserved lifetime achievement award, »
- Anne Thompson
Cannes 2015 has closed its celluloid curtain and the awards have been bestowed (proper dress attire still required). Check out the winners below. The films that had been getting a lot of the top-prize buzz have been very diverse: there's the slow-burning 9th century martial arts film from Taiwan (The Assassin), the newest (most brutal) version of William Shakespeare's Macbeth (starring Michael Fassbender as the power-hungry warrior, and Marion Cotillard as his Lady), the 1950s-set lesbian melodrama, Carol (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara), and a devastating Auschwitz drama, Son of Saul, about a man trying to save a corpse from the prison camp flames, because he believes its his son. Our own Croisette-critic-on-the-grounds, Talia Soghomonian, chose Youth as her personal Palme pick from the competition litter. Youth is the follow-up to the Oscar-winning The Great Beauty, starring Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as old friends on a European retreat. »
- Brian Formo
It was last year’s most snap worthy Cannes Market one sheet image and it pretty much secured an In Comp entry the moment Marion Cotillard signed on. The actresses’ fourth consecutive year in the Palme d’Or hopefuls (Rust and Bone, The Immigrant, Two Days, One Night), actually make that five if it is followed by It’s Only the End of the World in 2016, this latest version of Macbeth comes from an Aussie director who made the most noise in the Critics’ Week section when his Snowtown (later known as The Snowtown Murders) launched Justin Kurzel into a nice sophomore gig. While some of our critics jetted out early, here is a sampling of grades to feast on.
- Eric Lavallee
"Jacques Audiard has made his name, in films such as A Prophet, Rust and Bone and The Beat That My Heart Skipped, for a kind of ecstatic violence of the soul," begins the Guardian's Andrew Pulver. "Dheepan, his new film about a former Tamil Tiger fighter looking for a new life in France, certainly has some of the director’s trademark ferocity, especially in its final minutes, but it displays what I can only describe as dialed-down Audiard. Indeed, much of the time it even ambles, peacefully, with nothing much happening." We've got more reviews and a clip. » - David Hudson »
The more things change, the more they stay the same for the Sri Lankan refugees of Jacques Audiard’s “Dheepan,” who flee their war-torn homeland only to find themselves in a new kind of conflict zone in the housing projects of Paris. A typically unpredictable career move by the prolific and varied Audiard following the unabashedly melodramatic romance “Rust and Bone” and the searing crime drama “A Prophet,” this almost entirely Tamil-language immigrant drama unfolds in solidly involving, carefully observed fashion for much of its running time, until it takes a sharp and heavy-handed turn into genre territory from which it never quite recovers. Commercially, this will be a far more specialized item than Audiard’s other recent work, especially in the U.S., where the film was acquired by IFC in advance of its Cannes bow.
There’s certainly no disputing that one of the breakout stars of Cannes this year is Antonythasan Jesuthasan, »
- Scott Foundas
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