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French Director Audiard Wins Top Prize at Cannes Film Festival

© REUTERS / Yves HermanA Palme d'Or symbol is holding by a Golden Angel statue, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the WW1, outside the Carlton Hotel before the start of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France
A Palme d'Or symbol is holding by a Golden Angel statue, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the WW1, outside the Carlton Hotel before the start of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France - Sputnik International
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French filmmaker Jacques Audiard was awarded the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — French filmmaker Jacques Audiard was awarded the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, organizers said Sunday via the festival's official Twitter account.

The 63-year-old director collected the Palme d'Or award for "Dheepan," a drama film about a former Sri Lankan insurgent arriving in Paris in search of a better life.

Audiard also claimed the Grand Prix, the second-best prestigious award of the Cannes Festival, in 2009 for his "A Prophet" prison drama.

This year, the jury, chaired by US sibling directors Joel and Ethan Coen, awarded the Grand Prix to Hungary's Laszlo Nemes for his debut feature "Son of Saul."

A Golden Angel statue, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the WW1, shows a Palme d'Or symbol outside the Carlton Hotel before the start of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, Southern France, May 11, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Hollywood star Rooney Mara shared the Best Actress accolade with France's Emmanuelle Bercot.

Another local talent, Vincent Lindon, scooped the Best Actor prize for his turn in "The Measure of a Man."

Hou Hsiao-Hsien of Taiwan was named the Best Director for his martial arts film "The Assassin."

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