Jacques Audiard wins the 2015 Palme d'Or at Cannes

Creative Europe films triumph at Cannes

Five of the 25 MEDIA-supported titles at the Cannes Film Festival were awarded by the Jury this year as the festival came to a close. 

French director Jacques Audiard won this year’s Palme d’Or - the festival’s top prize - for his drama Dheepan, the story of a Tamil refugee trying to make a new life in France. The film's release in the UK was supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme's Automatic distribution scheme, as well as in Greece, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Audiard previously competed for Palme d’Or with his 2012 MEDIA-funded film Rust and Bone (De rouille et d’os), as well as winning the Grand Prix for MEDIA-backed A Prophet (Un prophète) in 2010. 

The festival’s Jury Prize went to Creative Europe-backed co-production The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. The project was supported at development stage with a grant to the Ireland’s Element Pictures through Creative Europe – MEDIA’s Slate funding scheme.

The Best Actress award was shared between two films that have both benefitted from Creative Europe funding. Rooney Mara took home the prize for her role in Todd Haynes’s highly praised Patricia Highsmith adaptation, Carol. The UK’s Number 9 Films received support for the project from the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme’s Slate development funding scheme. Meanwhile Emmanuelle Bercot was awarded for her depiction of Tony in Maïwenn’s Mon roi, whose release was backed by Automatic distribution funding.

Lastly, the Jury Prize in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ category went to High Sun (Zvizdan) - the portrayal of three different love stories over three consecutive decades in two neighbouring Balkan villages - for which Croatian production company Kinorama also received a Slate development grant.

For a full list of awards visit the Cannes Festival website

Pictured: Director Jacques Audiard won the Palme d'Or for his film Dheepan. Photo courtesy of Cannes Film Festival.