Dheepan is a tale of a former fighter in the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life in France with a fake family.
In his speech, Jacques Audiard thanked his father, the prolific screenwriter Michel Audiard, who died in 1985.
Best Director went to Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, whose martial arts epic The Assassin marks his return to cinema after an eight year absence.
French star Vincent Lindon got a huge round of applause as he took the stage to pick up the Best Actor Award for The Measure Of A Man, in which he plays a man crushed by his job as a supermarket security guard.
Carol, Todd Haynes’s adaptation of the Patricia Highsmith lesbian romance The Price Of Salt, which many had tipped for the Palme d’Or, shared the Best Actress Award.
Rooney Mara took the gong for her role as an inexperienced shopgirl in 1950’s New York who begins a relationship with Cate Blanchett’s unhappily married mother of one.
This year’s Grand Prix went to thirty eight year old debut director Laszlo Nemes for Son Of Saul, which is a story of a prisoner working as a Sonderkommando, guiding Jews into the gas chambers and then disposing of their bodies.
Here is the list of winners at the 68th Cannes Film Festival:
Dheepan Director: Jacques Audiard
Son Of Saul Director: Laszlo Nemes
The Lobster Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Hou Hsiao-Hsien, The Assassin
Chronic Director: Michel Franco
Camera d’Or (Best First Feature)
La Tierra y la Sombra (Land And Shade) Director: Cesar Augusto Acevedo
Vincent Lindon, The Measure Of A Man
Best Actress: (Joint)
Rooney Mara, Carol And Emmanuelle Bercot, Mon Roi
Best Short Film
Waves 98 Director: Ely Dagher
Jacques Audiard, the contemporary French director, won the Palme d’Or at the 68th Cannes Film Festival for his seventh feature, Dheepan. Dheepan is...3.0