'Winter Sleep' wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

The top award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival has gone to Winter Sleep, an epic-length family drama directed by Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

A jury including Gael Garcia Bernal, Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe, and Nicolas Winding Refn selected the winners from the 18 films in competition. Prizes were handed out during Saturday night’s closing ceremony.

Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year,” referring to a coal mine accident that killed 301 workers.

Italian director Alice Rohrwacher took home the runner-up Grand Prix prize for the coming of age story The Wonders.

Mommy, directed by 25-year-old Xavier Dolan, and Goodbye To Language by legendary director Jean-Luc Godard, shared the jury prize.

Julianne Moore was named best actress for her role in David Cronenberg’s Map To the Stars. Timothy Spall received the best actor award for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, a biopic about British landscape artist J.M.W. Turner.

Best director went to Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher, starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ruffalo. Screenwriting honors went to Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for Leviathan from Russian director Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Party Girl, written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, and Samuel Theis, won the Camera d’Or, awarded to the best first feature by a director (or in this case, directors).


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