Magazine article Screen International

'Dheepan' Cast Talk Life after Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

'Dheepan' Cast Talk Life after Cannes

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Jacaques Audiard's Dheepan was the toast of this year's Cannes Film Festival, winning the prestigious Palme d'Or.

But the stars of the film - about a Sri Lankan Tamil warrior who flees to France with a fake wife and daughter and ends up working as a caretaker outside Paris - have revealed that life hasn't changed following the high-profile win.

"People were telling me that the phone wouldn't stop ringing but nobody has been calling," Indian actress Kalieaswari Srinivasan told an audience at the Sarajevo Film Festival.

"I was warned that Cannes would be chaos. But we are used to these kinds of crowds in India."

Speaking the morning after the film was shown at Sarajevo's Open Air cinema, the theatre actress who made her film debut in Dheepan said it was only the second time she had seen the feature projected.

"It was overwhelming as I don't like to see myself on the big screen," she said. "But I was seeing someone else - the character. It was a beautiful experience."

Sri Lankan writer and actor Jesuthasan Antonythasan, who had only previously appeared in 2011's Sengadal before taking on the title role in Dheepan, was softly spoken during the conversation. …

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