DHEEPAN [France] – Thursday 6 October, 8pm

By February 1, 2016 archive, Season 15 films

Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, the new film from acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust & Bone) is a gripping, human tale of survival. On the losing side of a civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier poses as the husband and father of two other refugees in order to escape their ravaged homeland. Arriving in France, the makeshift “family” sets about establishing a new life, only to find themselves once again embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. A heartrending saga of three strangers united by circumstance and struggle, Dheepan is both a tour-de-force thriller and a powerful depiction of the immigrant experience.

Click here to read The Guardian review.  ★★★★  ‘packed with epiphanic grandeur’

Click here to read The Telegraph review.  ★★★★ ‘a compelling snapshot of immigrant life…digs into your soul’

Click here to read The Irish Times interview with the director. ‘rare that a picture looks to have ripped its subject from the headlines’

Click here to read Variety review.

France 2015 | Language: French, Tamil | 115 minutes | Cert: 15A

Director: Jacques Audriard

Starring: Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby