DHEEPAN [France] – Thursday 6 October, 8pm

By February 1, 2016archive, 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