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Taiwan's Hou Hsiao-hsien, who appeared at Cannes with his first film in eight years, was named Best Director for "The Assassin," a martial-arts drama that pays just as much attention to screen space when the characters aren't fighting as when they are. A journalist at the poll-the-jury press conference that followed the awards asked why Hou didn't win the Palme, despite many critics' predictions that he would. Jury co-president Joel Coen noted the jury's enthusiasm for the film and said that a directing prize is "in many ways inseparable from an overall aesthetic prize" for a movie.
Best Actor went to Vincent Lindon for "The Measure of a Man," in the closest thing the night had to a lock. The jury offered a surprise, though, with Best Actress, splitting the award not between Rooney Mara and her co-star, Cate Blanchett, who plays her lover in "Carol," but between Mara and Emmanuelle Bercot in "Mon Roi." The brothers attributed the dual prize to the festival's rules, which have changed since they won multiple awards for "Barton Fink" in 1991. "It's a little bit of a chess game," Joel said, adding that the doubling was a way to acknowledge another festival highlight.
Best Screenplay went to Mexico's Michel Franco for his English-language feature "Chronic." "The film was born in Cannes," Franco said accepting the award, noting that Tim Roth, who stars in the film as an obsessed caregiver, was president of the Un Certain Regard jury that gave Franco's "After Lucía" a prize in 2012.
During the press conference, Chaz Ebert asked whether the jurors' work as honorary film critics at this event would influence their approach to filmmaking. "It's not that it will change me as an artist, but it will change me as a human being reflecting on what movies are," said jury member Xavier Dolan, who shared a jury prize last year for "Mommy."
Joel Coen concurred. The experience "profoundly changes your perspective as an audience member, in a very, very positive way," he said.
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