French immigrant drama Dheepan wins Palme d'Or

2015-05-24 20:31

Cannes - A French thriller spotlighting the plight of traumatised refugees building new lives, Dheepan, captured the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday.

As countries around the world grapple with an influx of people fleeing global crises, a jury led by Hollywood film makers Joel and Ethan Coen chose the gritty picture by acclaimed French director Jacques Audiard among 19 international contenders.

The harrowing Holocaust drama Son of Saul, offering unflinching depictions of the gas chambers of Auschwitz, claimed the runner-up Grand Prize. 

"This continent is still haunted by this subject," said Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes, accepting the award.

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