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MEDIA-backed Dheepan takes the Palme d'Or at Cannes 2015

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Jacques Audiard's French drama, Dheepan, won the festival's most prestigious award, with other MEDIA-backed films winning a range of prizes across selections.

The award was the icing on the cake for Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme at Cannes - the festival featured a record 25 MEDIA-backed films this time around.

Dheepan tells the story of three Tamil refugees who flee the Sri Lankan civil war to the Paris suburbs, only to find further trouble and violence awaiting them.

The lead role, Dheepan, is a former Tamil Tiger who together with a young woman and an unaccompanied child, reinvents his past to secure asylum in Europe.

Dheepan received distribution support from the MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe. MEDIA distribution support helps films penetrate across national borders and achieve wider success across Europe and beyond.

More success for MEDIA

Certain extraordinary individual performances at the festival also received accolades. The Best Actress award was shared between Rooney in Carol and Emmanuelle Bercot, starring in Mon Roi.

Both of these films, by Todd Haynes and Maïwenn respectively, received MEDIA support and were among the festival's highlights this year.

The Jury Prize, also made from the official selection, went to Yorgos Lanthimos's The Lobster – a dystopian work set in the near future that contemplates modern society's infatuation with relationships.

In the Un Certain Regard section, dedicated to original and different works, Dalibor Matanic's Zvizdan (The High Sun) took the Jury Prize.

Independent awards

MEDIA-backed films also claimed various awards in some of Cannes's parallel sections.
• Nanni Moretti's Mia Madre (My Mother) won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
• Jag Är Ingrid (Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words), a documentary on the life of great Swedish actress received the Special Mention from the L'Œil d'or Jury.
• From the Queer Palm Jury, the overall Jury Prize-winner, The Lobster, also gained a Special Mention and Carol received the main Queer Palm Award.
• For the Palm Dog Jury, an off-beat and slightly tongue-in-cheek prize for the best canine performances, Bob (the dog from The Lobster) and Lucky from As mil e uma noites (Arabian Nights) both received awards.

So in all in all, the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival can be considered a resounding success for Creative Europe and the MEDIA sub-programme with a record 25 films on show and a MEDIA-backed film stealing the show with the prestigious Palme D'Or award – roll on Cannes 2016.