Cannes Film Festival

'Dheepan' wins Palme d'Or, top honor of Cannes Film Festival

May 21, 2015: From left, Marc Zinga, Vincent Rottiers, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, director Jacques Audiard, Claudine Vinasithamby and Jesuthasan Antonythasan arrive for the screening of the film Dheepan at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.

May 21, 2015: From left, Marc Zinga, Vincent Rottiers, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, director Jacques Audiard, Claudine Vinasithamby and Jesuthasan Antonythasan arrive for the screening of the film Dheepan at the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France.  (AP/Invision)

Jacques Audiard's immigrant drama "Dheepan" has won the Palme d'Or, the top honor of the Cannes Film Festival.

The choice, as selected by a jury led by Joel and Ethan Coen, was a shocker. "Dheepan" is about a trio of Sri Lankans who pretend to be a family in order to flee their war-torn country for a housing project in France.

The runner-up prize, the Grand Prix, went to "Son of Saul," a grim Hungarian Holocaust drama by first-time director Laszlo Nemes.

Hou Hsiao-Hsien, the Taiwanese filmmaker, won best director for "The Assassin," his lushly painterly martial arts drama.

The best actress prize was split between Rooney Mara of Todd Haynes' `50s lesbian drama "Carol," and Emmanuelle Bercot, the French star of the roller coaster marriage drama "My King."

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