Monday 5/25/2015 May, 2015 by Francesca Rudkin
The 2015 Festival de Cannes wrapped up this weekend with a call to arms for climate change. Closing the festival was the nature documentary Ice and the Sky by The March of the Penguins director Luc Jacquet who returns to Antarctica to tell the life story of 83-year-old French glaciologist Claude Lorius. “Showing this film in the world’s largest film festival is contributing to highlighting this huge challenge facing humanity as quickly as possible to secure its future and the future of the planet,” Jacquet told the press in Cannes.
The Festival also concluded with the announcement of various competition winners. This year, Jacques Audiard surprised pretty much everyone by winning the Palme d’Or with this film Dheepan, a low key study of Tamil Tiger refugees trying to build a new life in France.
Not so surprisingly, the runner up Grand Prix Prize went to László Nemes for Son of Saul and in “third place”, Yorgos Lanthimos won the Prix du jury for The Lobster. The Directors Prize was awarded to Hou Hsiao-hsien for The Assassin, Vincent Lindon (La Loi du Marche) won best actor and Rooney Mara (Carol) and Emmanuelle Bercot (Mon Roi) shared the best actress accolade.
In the Un Certain Regard section of the 68th Cannes Film Festival, the jury awarded the top prize to Iceland’s Rams, by Grímur Hákonarson. The High Sun by Croatian director Dalibor Matanić picked up the jury prize, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Journey to the Shorewon the best direction award.
So many wonderful films to look forward to, however in the meantime, enjoy these must see films of the week, all of which have screened at the prestigious Festival de Cannes in the past.