Turkish Film "Winter Sleep" Wins Palme d’Or At Cannes Film Festival

Other winners include American Bennett Miller for best director for his wresting drama Foxcatcher, Julianne Moore for best actress in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and Timothy Spall for best actor as British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic Mr. Turner.

1. Turkish film Winter Sleep won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, earning the prestigious Palme d’Or. It is only the second Turkish film to take home the top honor.

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2. The family drama set in an isolated, snowbound hotel was directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan. Ceylan has twice won the second highest prize at Cannes, the Grand Prix, but this is his first Palme d’Or.

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3. This year’s jury was headed by director Jane Campion, and the award was presented to Ceylan by Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman.

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4. During his acceptance speech, Ceylan addressed the political unrest and mining disaster in his home country: “I want to dedicate the prize to the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives during the last year.”

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5. The Full List Of Winners At The 2014 Cannes Film Festival


Palme d’Or: Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prize: Le Meraviglie (The Wonders), directed by Alice Rohrwacher

Best Director: Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher

Jury Prize – Tie: Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan; Goodbye To Language, directed by Jean-Luc Godard

Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, Leviathan

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars

Best Actor: Timothy Spall, Mr Turner

Camera d’Or: Party Girl, directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, and Samuel Theis

Short Film: Leidi, directed by Simón Mesa Soto

Special Mention: Aïssa, directed by Clément Trehin-Lalanne; Ja Vi Elsker, directed by Hallvar Witzo

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