Surprise Palme d’Or winner at Cannes

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Last night saw a surprise winner take the top honours at the Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or. Auteur Jacques Audiard won the prestigious prize for his film Dheepan, about an improvised family of Sri Lankan refugees living in Paris.

Boos, shrugs and less-than-enthusiastic applause greeted the announcement. The film received respectable but lukewarm reviews, in contrast to Audiard’s A Prophet (which won the second-place Grand Prix in 2009) and Rust and Bone, which had a good reception in 2012.

This year’s jury was headed by Joel and Ethan Coen (FargoNo Country for Old MenThe Big Lebowski), and also featured Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth), Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan (Mommy), Sophie Marceau, Rossy de Palma, Rokia Traoré, and Sienna Miller.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Palme d’OrDheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard

Grand PrixSon of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes

Best Director: Hou Hsiao-Hsien for The Assassin

Best Actor: Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man

Best ScreenplayChronic, written by Michel Franco

Camera d’Or (Best First Feature)La Tierra y la Sombre, directed by Cesar Acevedo

Best Actress (shared prize): Rooney Mara for Carol and Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon Roi

Palme d’Or (Short Film)Waves ’98, Directed by Ely Dagher

Jury PrizeThe Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos

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