Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en French film 'Dheepan' wins top Palme d'Or award in Cannes <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p dir="LTR">French film &quot;Dheepan&quot; won the top Palme d&#39;Or prize for director Jacques Audiard at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival on Sunday, crowning a good night for French cinema which took two other awards.</p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1">The film tells the story of Tamil refugees from the Sri Lankan civil war trying to make a new life on a violent and drug-infested French housing estate.</span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1">&quot;I&#39;m very moved. Winning a prize from the Coen brothers is something that is exceptional,&quot; Audiard, who has won two smaller Cannes awards in the past, told the closing ceremony. &quot;I&#39;m thinking of my father.&quot;</span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1">American directors Joel and Ethan Coen presided at this year&#39;s festival.</span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1">France&#39;s Vincent Lindon won best actor for French director Stéphane Brizé&#39;s film &quot;La Loi du Marché&quot; (The Measure of a Man), in which he plays a man who loses his job and is forced to take one as a floorwalker in a supermarket that has a secret plan to get rid of employees to boost the bottom line.</span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1"><span id="midArticle_5">&quot;It&#39;s the first time I win a prize in my life,&quot; Lindon said. &quot;I dedicate this prize to all those people who are not deemed to live up to what they deserve and who are citizens that have been abandoned a little.&quot;</span></span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1"><span id="midArticle_6">The best actress prize was shared between America&#39;s Rooney Mara for her role in Todd Hayne&#39;s &quot;Carol&quot; and French actress Emmanuelle Bercot in French director Maïwenn Besco&#39;s &quot;Mon Roi&quot; (My King).</span></span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1"><span id="midArticle_7">The second prize went to Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes for &quot;Saul Fia&quot; (Son of Saul), while Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos&#39; film &quot;The Lobster&quot; came in third. Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien won the best director award for &quot;Nie Yinniang&quot; (The Assassin).</span></span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1"><span id="midArticle_8">Scott Roxborough, a critic for the trade publication The Hollywood Reporter, said Audiard had been in the running for a Cannes award for a long time.</span></span></p><p dir="LTR"><span id="midArticle_1"><span id="midArticle_9">&quot;I don&#39;t think it&#39;s his best film but it&#39;s a hot topic ... It honors the director and sends a political message at the same time,&quot; Roxborough said.</span></span></p><p dir="RTL">&nbsp;</p> Sun, 24 May 2015 18:57:00 +0000 Reuters 2450760 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/24/501184/director_jacques_audiard.jpg Cannes fans eager to know: Who will get coveted Palme d'Or? <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Just what film directors Joel and Ethan Coen are thinking is a question that has long bedeviled moviegoers. Now they have the Cannes Film Festival on pins and needles, too.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 68th Cannes Film Festival wraps up with an awards ceremony Sunday night that will bestow the coveted Palme d&#39;Or on one of 19 films in competition. The decision is left up to the jury, headed this year by the Coen brothers, who themselves won the Palme d&#39;Or in 1991 for &quot;Barton Fink.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Among the favorites to capture Cannes&#39; top honor this year are the Hungarian Holocaust drama &quot;Son of Saul&quot; by first-time director Laszlo Nemes; Italian director Paolo Sorrentino&#39;s wry mediation on aging in &quot;Youth;&quot; Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien&#39;s lavish martial arts drama &quot;The Assassin;&quot; and American Todd Haynes &#39;50s lesbian romance &quot;Carol.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Others on the Cannes jury this year include Guillermo del Toro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sienna Miller, Sophie Marceau, Xavier Dolan, Rokia Traore and Rossy de Palma.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One thing is for certain: For the first time in several years, the Palme d&#39;Or winner won&#39;t be a three-hour art-house epic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The iconic award itself - with its gold palm branch that was re-designed last year by Chopard - is made of 18-carat &quot;Fairmined&quot; gold, hand-cast in a plaster mold and fixed on a cushion of unique cut crystal. It was honored at this year&#39;s festival in a film directed by Alexis Veller that interviewed recipients such as Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese and Jane Campion.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>On Saturday, &quot;Rams,&quot; a drama set among farmers and their sheep in a remote Icelandic valley, won the Cannes Film Festival&#39;s Un Certain Regard competition. Jury president Isabella Rossellini said Grimur Hakonarson&#39;s film was honored for &quot;treating in a masterful, tragicomic way the undeniable bond that links all humans to animals.&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Its second-place Jury Prize went to Croatian director Dalibor Matanic for &quot;Zvizdan&quot; (&quot;The High Sun&quot;), which explores love and ethnic hatred in the Balkans.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Un Certain Regard competition honors new directors and more offbeat films than the Palme d&#39;Or.</div> Sun, 24 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000 AP 2450734 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/24/501184/d189ef33-fa79-4259-a903-e532107eb37f-big.jpg Sweden's Mans Zelmerlow wins Eurovision Song Contest <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>Sweden&#39;s Mans Zelmerlow won the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna on Sunday, beating Russia and Italy in the world&#39;s biggest international music show.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 28-year-old singer and TV presenter, who had been a bookmakers&#39; favorite, performed the winning electro-pop ballad &quot;Heroes,&quot; dancing in front of a black screen with animated gnomes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sweden has won the 60-year-old competition six times, more than any other nation apart from Ireland. Sweden won most recently in 2012 with &quot;Euphoria&quot; by Loreen and now gets to host the contest again next year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This year&#39;s theme was Building Bridges, which many artists interpreted as an appeal for tolerance in performances that included a gay kiss scene by Lithuania.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;We are all heroes no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in,&quot; Zelmerlow told the crowd in Vienna after getting a hug from last year&#39;s victor, bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst of Austria.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>He beat Russia&#39;s Polina Gagarina, whose song &quot;A Million Voices&quot; reaped top scores from most former Soviet satellite states that earned angry jeers from the crowd in Austria.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;Please remember that our motto is building bridges and that music should stand over politics tonight,&quot; presenter Alice Tumler told the audience.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The annual kitsch-fest was watched last year by more than 195 million people in 45 countries, or more viewers than the Super Bowl.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This year China broadcast the world&#39;s longest running music competition, a fixture in the gay calendar, live for the first time.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>While viewers are often puzzled by the inclusion of countries outside Europe such as Israel, which qualifies thanks to membership of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), this year the net was cast even wider.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To mark 60 years since the first Eurovision in 1955, Australia was given a wild card entry and singer Guy Sebastian and his up-tempo song &quot;Tonight Again,&quot; a big hit with the crowds in Austria, finished fifth.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Eurovision is hugely popular in Australia, where about 3 million people watched it last year, and broadcaster SBS is an associate member of the EBU.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Recent hosts have spent an average of 25 million euros (US$27.54 million) on staging the event. But EBU media director Jean Philip de Tender said it was possible to host it for 11 million euros, allowing the host nation to breakeven, meaning even small or cash-strapped countries have a chance.</div> Sun, 24 May 2015 13:36:00 +0000 Reuters 2450731 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/24/501184/swedens_mans_zelmerlow.jpg Koons sculpture raises 12 million euros at Cannes AIDS auction <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><div>A large sculpture entitled &quot;Coloring Book&quot; by American artist Jeff Koons sold for 12 million euros (US$13.2 million) at a star-studded charity auction near Cannes that raised more than 33 million euros for AIDS research.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sienna Miller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diane Kruger, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard were among the celebrities and millionaires at the annual amfAR &quot;Cinema Against AIDS&quot; event on Thursday night at the luxury Hotel de Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At the gala, a highlight during the annual Cannes Film Festival, a work by British street artist Banksy, donated by actor Leonardo DiCaprio, fetched more than a signed Picasso.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;It&#39;s wonderful that you can gather a bunch of amazing, talented people and a bunch of wealthy people with a bunch of amazing artists and that they can come together and have fun and at the same time give back,&quot; actress Michelle Rodriguez said on the red carpet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&quot;And now, we&#39;re getting closer to a cure,&quot; added Rodriguez, who stars in &quot;The Fast and Furious&quot; film franchise.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The Banksy work fetched 1 million euros, nearly double the closing bid for Picasso&#39;s &quot;L&#39;Etreinte.&quot; Singer Andrea Bocelli also donated a dinner for 12 people with him, complete with a performance, which sold twice for 1 million euros each.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In addition to the auction, British singer/songwriter Charlie XCX, Bocelli and American singer Mary J. Blige entertained guests at the gala, now in its 22nd year.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Last year, the event raised a record $35 million, according to amfAR.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Sun, 24 May 2015 13:29:00 +0000 Reuters 2450727 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/05/24/501184/a_huge_sculpture.jpg