Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan is surprise Palme d’Or winner at Cannes film festival

Jacques Audiard was the surprise winner of the Palme d’Or, Cannes film festival’s biggest award, at last night’s closing ceremony, as critics saw their favourites sidelined.

The 63 year old French director’s seventh feature, Dheepan, had been met with disappointment from critics but a nod from the Jury ensured it ran away with the top honour.

The film follows a group of Sri Lankan migrants who pretend to be a family to seek refuge and build a new life in France.

Audiard, who took the Grand Prix (the second highest award) five years ago, for A Prophet, bowed to the Jury and thanked his father, a prominent screen writer who died in 1985, as he accepted his award.

Debut director Laszlo Nemes took the Grand Prix for Son of Saul, the story of life as a Sonderkommando in Auschwitz, while Greek film The Lobster, a satirical look at modern day dating and also the bookies’ favourite, took the Prix du Jury (third prize).

Dheepan’s win surprised many on Twitter, while others praised it…

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