Newswire: Cannes gave out its awards this weekend, with some surprises

The Cannes Film Festival wound down this weekend, with Jacques Audiard’s Dheepan picking up the Palme d’Or—the most prestigious award in all of film festivaldom—at the closing ceremony. This came as a big surprise, given that Audiard’s immigrant drama/vigilante thriller wasn’t considered a major contender on the ground, aside from a possible Best Actor upset for star Antonythasan Jesuthasan. (That award went to Vincent Lindon for The Measure Of A Man, as predicted.)

For much of the festival, awards oddsmakers favored Son Of Saul, Lazlo Nemes’ nightmarish debut feature about a Hungarian Sonderkommando searching for a rabbi in a death camp while his comrades prepare a revolt against the guards. The movie—seen as most likely to impress jury presidents Joel and Ethan Coen—ended up picking up the Grand Prix, essentially the second-place prize. Son Of Saul also picked up the independent …

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