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