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    Cannes 2015: the winners

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    The Man Who Saved The World (15) | Close-Up Film Review

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Cannes 2015: the winners

And the Palme d’Or goes to… Jacques Audiard’s refugee drama Dheepan, while Son of Saul gets the Grand Prix. French director Jacques Audiard has won […]