'Winter Sleep' Wins Palme d'Or at 2014 Cannes Film Festival
The 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival wrapped up this weekend with announcement of this year's winners. "Pulp Fiction" director Quentin Tarantino and star Uma Thurman helped announce the winners. Turkish film "Winter Sleep" which takes place in Anatolia where a rich landlord rules over poor villagers grabbed the top honor, Palme d'Or.
"This is a great surprise for me," director Nuri Bilge Ceylan said in English. "This year is the 100th year of Turkish cinema, and it's a good coincidence, I think." He dedicated the victory "to the young people of Turkey who have lost their lives during the last year." He also thanked Cannes organizers for supporting "such a long film." It was the longest in the competition with running time of over 3 hours.
The second place, Grand Prix, was given to Italian film "Le Meraviglie" or "The Wonders" from director Alice Rohrwacher who was a first-time Palme competitor. She was also one of only two female directors represented in the 18 films competing at the event. The other female filmmaker this year was Naomi Kawase who entered the competition with "Still the Water".
Meanwhile, it's a tie in Jury Prize category. "Mommy" from Canadian director Xavier Dolan and "Goodbye to Language" from French director Jean-Luc Godard both won the award. Dolan, at 25 years old, was reportedly the youngest director in the competition, while 83-year-old Godard was the oldest.
Best Director was handed to Bennett Miller for his work in true-story drama "Foxcatcher" starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. Julianne Moore won Best Actress for her role in David Cronenberg's satire "Maps to the Stars", and Timothy Spall got Best Actor title for his brilliant performance as British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh's biopic "Mr. Turner".
"I've often been a bridesmaid and this is the first time I have ever been a bride," Spall said when accepting the prize. "This is a lifelong collaboration with Mike Leigh and this is as much and accolade for Mr. Leigh as me."
This year's jury panel was led by "The Piano" helmer Jane Campion. The members included Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Gael Garcia Bernal.
- Palme d'Or: "Winter Sleep" - director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
- Grand Prix: "Le Meraviglie" (The Wonders) - director: Alice Rohrwacher
- Best Director: Bennett Miller - "Foxcatcher"
- Jury Prize : (Tie) "Mommy" - director: Xavier Dolan & "Goodbye to Language" - director: Jean-Luc Godard
- Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin - "Leviathan"
- Best Actress: Julianne Moore - "Maps to the Stars"
- Best Actor: Timothy Spall - "Mr Turner"
- Camera d'Or: "Party Girl" - directors: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, & Samuel Theis
- Short Film: "Leidi" - director: Simon Mesa Soto Special Mention: "Aissa" - director: Clement Trehin-Lalanne
Ja Vi Elsker - director: Hallvar Witzo
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