After two-week long premieres, screenings and critic reviews, a film about the plight of Sri Lankan refugees wins one of cinema's most coveted awards
While the media frenzy's been revolving around red carpet fashion and critic reviews, the highlight of the 68th Cannes Film Festival really boils down to one event — the presentation of the Palme d'Or. The two-week cinematic string of events ended last evening by awarding Dheepan the iconic 18-carat gold-and-crystal trophy. Chosen by a jury of actors and filmmakers (including Sophie Marceau, Jake Gyllenhaal and Xavier Dolan) and headed by the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan, the film was one of 19 competition entries.
Directed by Frenchman Jacques Audiard and starring Jesuthasan Antonythasan and Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Dheepan is a tale of two Tamil Tiger refugees building a new life in a French ghetto.
It's considered to be a suprise win, with past predictions and guesses going to films such as '50s lesbian romance Carol (starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, in which the latter won best actress) and retiree drama Youth (starring Michael Caine and Jane Fonda) instead. Nevertheless, Dheepan is certainly one to watch when it hits local theatres.