A master at capturing the intense emotional turmoil of seemingly ordinary people, the films of director Jacques Audiard (“A Prophet,” “Rust And Bone“) are not for the faint-hearted. But this year, the jury at Cannes were with him every step of the way, awarding his latest “Dheepan” with the Palme d’Or. And while it lacks English subtitles or dialogue, the first international trailer for the film still conveys the power it packs.
Starring Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby), Vincent Rottiers, and Antonythasan Jesuthasan, the story follows a Tamil freedom fighter who comes to Europe, forms a makeshift family, and claims asylum. However, further violence in the Parisian slums forces him to make a stand. And all told, this looks like another knockout from Audiard, with our critic in Cannes calling the picture, “absolutely terrific.”
“Dheepan” opens in France on August 26th. Sundance Selects will release the film in the U.S. but no date has been set.