Baku, May 25, AZERTAC
The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close Sunday night with the main competition awards ceremony at the Palais des Festivals.
The top prize, the Palme d'Or, was awarded to Dheepan, directed by Jacques Audiard. The film follows a former soldier, a young woman and a little girl who pose as a family in order to escape the civil war in Sri Lanka. Audiard received a standing ovation when he took the stage to accept the honor.
Nineteen films competed in the main competition, which has been screening the films over the past week and a half.
The grand prize (the runner-up) went to Son of Saul, directed by Laszlo Nemes. The Holocaust drama also won a Fipresci Prize earlier in the week.
Michel Franco won best screenplay for Chronic. His English-language debut stars Tim Roth as a nurse specializing in terminal illness home care.
Camera d'Or, which honors the best first feature film, was given to Land and Shade (La Tierra y La Sombra), which premiered in Critics' Week and is directed by Cesar Augusto Acevedo.
Waves ’98 by Ely Dager won the short film award, the first honor given out after the show opened with a dance number.
The opening performance wasn't the only show of the night: John C. Reilly, who appeared in Tale of Tales and The Lobster, also came to the stage to sing "Just a Gigolo."