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2015 Cannes Film Festival

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Opening film
Standing Tall

Cannes, France

Palme d'Or (Dheepan)

Closing film
Ice and the Sky


Hosted by
Lambert Wilson

2015 Cannes Film Festival

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 to 24 May 2015. Joel and Ethan Coen were the Presidents of the Jury for the main competition. It was the first time that two people chaired the jury. Since the Coen brothers each received a separate vote, they were joined by seven other jurors to form the customary nine-juror panel. French actor Lambert Wilson was the host for the opening and closing ceremonies.


The Palme d'Or was awarded to the French film Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard. On winning the award Audiard said "To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I'm very touched".

The festival poster featured Hollywood star and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, photographed by David Seymour. The poster was chosen to pay tribute to Bergman for her contributions to films and who also served as the Jury President at 1973 Cannes Film Festival. As part of the tribute to Bergman, the Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words was screened in the Cannes Classics section.

Standing Tall, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, was the festival's opening film. This was the second opening film in the festival's history to have been directed by a woman, after A Man in Love by Diane Kurys which opened the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Ice and the Sky, directed by Luc Jacquet, was the festival's closing film. Both the opening and closing films were selected for the strength and importance of their messages—Standing Tall for the way its themes respond to the Charlie Hebdo shootings and Ice and the Sky for its concern for the future of the planet.

French film director Agnès Varda was presented with the honorary Palme d'Or at the festival's closing ceremony. She is also the first female filmmaker to ever receive the award.

The Official Selection of films for the 2015 festival, including the line-up for the Main Competition, was announced on 16 April 2015.


The films competing for the Palme d'Or were announced at a press conference on 16 April 2015. Two films were added to the main competition line-up on 23 April 2015, Valley of Love, directed by Guillaume Nicloux, and Chronic, directed by Michel Franco.

Un Certain Regard

The following films competed in the Un Certain Regard section. Lamb, the first feature film directed by Yared Zeleke, is also the first Ethiopian film to be included in the Official Selection. Sweet Red Bean Paste, directed by Naomi Kawase, was announced as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section.

Out of competition

The following films were selected to screen out of competition:

Midnight screenings
Special screenings

Short films

Out of 4,550 entries, the following films were selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d'Or.


The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following 18 entries (14 fiction films and 4 animation films) were selected out of 1,600 submissions. More than one-third of the films selected represent schools participating in Cinéfondation for the first time. It is also the first time that a film representing a Spanish film school had been selected.

International Critics' Week

The full selection for the International Critics' Week section was announced on 20 April 2015, at the section's website. The Anarchists, directed by Elie Wajeman, and Learn by Heart, directed by Mathieu Vadepied, were selected as the opening and closing films for the International Critics' Week section.

Feature films
Special screenings
Short films

Directors' Fortnight

The full selection for the Directors' Fortnight section was announced on 21 April 2015, at the section's website. In the Shadow of Women, directed by Philippe Garrel, and Dope, directed by Rick Famuyiwa were selected as the opening and closing films for the Directors' Fortnight section. Actua 1, a previously unseen 1968 short film directed by Garrel, preceded the screening of In the Shadow of Women.

Feature films
Short films
Special screenings


ACID, an association of French and foreign film directors, demonstrates its support for nine films each year, seeking to provide support from filmmakers to other filmmakers. The full ACID selection was announced on 21 April 2015, at the section's website.

Cannes Classics

The full line-up for the Cannes Classics section was announced on 30 April 2015. Greek-French film director Costa-Gavras was announced as the guest of honor. In tribute to the recently deceased Portuguese film director, Cannes Classics screened Manoel de Oliveira's posthumous 1982 film Memories and Confessions. The film was previously unseen outside of Portugal.

Tribute to Manoel de Oliveira

Main competition

The full jury for the Main Competition was announced on 21 April 2015:

  • Joel and Ethan Coen, American film directors (Presidents)
  • Rossy de Palma, Spanish actress
  • Sophie Marceau, French actress and film director
  • Sienna Miller, English actress
  • Rokia Traoré, Malian singer-songwriter and composer
  • Guillermo del Toro, Mexican film director
  • Xavier Dolan, Canadian film director and actor
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor
  • Un Certain Regard

  • Isabella Rossellini, Italian-American actress (President)
  • Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabian film director
  • Nadine Labaki, Lebanese film director and actress
  • Panos H. Koutras, Greek film director
  • Tahar Rahim, French actor
  • Cinéfondation and short films

  • Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritanian film director (President)
  • Joana Hadjithomas, Lebanese film director
  • Rebecca Zlotowski, French film director
  • Cécile de France, Belgian actress
  • Daniel Olbrychski, Polish actor
  • Camera d'Or

  • Sabine Azéma, French actress (President)
  • Delphine Gleize, French film director
  • Melvil Poupaud, French actor
  • Claude Garnier, French cinematographer
  • Didier Huck, French Technicolor executive
  • Yann Gonzalez, French film director
  • Bernard Payen, French film critic and curator
  • International Critics' Week

  • Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli actress and film director (President)
  • Katell Quillévéré, French film director
  • Peter Suschitzky, English cinematographer
  • Andréa Picard, Canadian film curator and critic
  • Boyd van Hoeij, France-based Dutch film critic
  • L'Œil d'or

  • Rithy Panh, Franco-Cambodian documentary film director (President)
  • Nicolas Philibert, French documentary film director
  • Irène Jacob, Franco-Swiss actress
  • Diana El Jeiroudi, Syrian documentary film producer
  • Scott Foundas, American film critic
  • Queer Palm

  • Desiree Akhavan, American-Iranian film director and actress (President)
  • Ava Cahen, French journalist
  • Elli Mastorou, Belgian film journalist
  • Nadia Turincev, French film producer
  • Laëtitia Eïdo, French actress
  • Official selection

    In Competition
  • Palme d'Or – Dheepan by Jacques Audiard
  • Grand Prix – Son of Saul by László Nemes
  • Best Director – Hou Hsiao-hsien for The Assassin
  • Best Screenplay – Michel Franco for Chronic
  • Best Actress
  • Rooney Mara for Carol
  • Emmanuelle Bercot for Mon roi
  • Best Actor – Vincent Lindon for The Measure of a Man
  • Jury Prize – The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Un Certain Regard
  • Un Certain Regard Award – Rams by Grímur Hákonarson
  • Un Certain Regard Jury Prize – The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić
  • Un Certain Regard Award for Best Director – Kiyoshi Kurosawa for Journey to the Shore
  • Prix Un Certain Talent – The Treasure by Corneliu Porumboiu
  • Un Certain Regard Special Prize for Promising Future:
  • Nahid by Ida Panahandeh
  • Masaan by Neeraj Ghaywan
  • Cinéfondation
  • First Prize – Share by Pippa Bianco
  • Second Prize – Lost Queens by Ignacio Juricic Merillán
  • Third Prize – The Return of Erkin by Maria Guskova and Victor XX by Ian Garrido López
  • Golden Camera
  • Caméra d'Or – Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo
  • Short Films
  • Short Film Palme d'Or – Waves '98 by Ely Dagher
  • Parallel sections

    International Critics' Week
  • Nespresso Grand Prize – Paulina by Santiago Mitre
  • France 4 Visionary Award – Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo
  • SACD Award – Land and Shade by César Augusto Acevedo
  • Sony CineAlta Discovery Award for Short Film – Chickenpox by Fulvio Risuleo
  • Canal+ Award – Ramona by Andrei Crețulescu
  • Gan Foundation Support for Distribution Award – The Wakhan Front by Clément Cogitore
  • Directors' Fortnight
  • Art Cinema Award – Embrace of the Serpent by Ciro Guerra
  • SACD Prize – My Golden Days by Arnaud Desplechin
  • Europa Cinemas Label Award – Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven
  • Illy Prize for Short Film – Rate Me by Fyzal Boulifa
  • Special Mention – The Exquisite Corpus by Peter Tscherkassky
  • Independent awards

    FIPRESCI Prize
  • In Competition – Son of Saul by László Nemes
  • Un Certain Regard – Masaan by Neeraj Ghaywan
  • Parallel Sections – Paulina by Santiago Mitre (International Critics' Week)
  • Ecumenical Jury
  • Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Mia Madre by Nanni Moretti
  • Commendations:
  • The Measure of a Man by Stéphane Brizé
  • Taklub by Brillante Mendoza
  • L'Œil d'or Jury
  • L'Œil d'or – Beyond My Grandfather Allende by Marcia Tambutti Allende
  • Special Mention – Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words by Stig Björkman
  • Queer Palm Jury
  • Queer Palm Award – Carol by Todd Haynes
  • Special Mention – The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos
  • Short Film Queer Palm – Lost Queens by Ignacio Juricic Merillán
  • Palm Dog Jury
  • Palm Dog Award – Lucky the Maltipoo for Arabian Nights
  • Grand Jury Prize – "Bob" from The Lobster
  • Palm Dog Manitarian award – I Am a Soldier
  • Prix François Chalais
  • François Chalais Prize – Son of Saul by László Nemes
  • Vulcan Award of the Technical Artist
  • Vulcan Award – Tamás Zányi for Son of Saul (sound design)
  • Cannes Soundtrack Award
  • Lim Giong for The Assassin
  • Special award

  • Honorary Palme d'Or – Agnès Varda
  • References

    2015 Cannes Film Festival Wikipedia