Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Winter Sleep' Wins Palme d'Or at Cannes 2014
by Alex Billington
May 24, 2014
A big win for Turkey. Winners of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival awards, including the coveted Palme d'Or, were revealed at a ceremony today in Cannes featuring Quentin Tarantino, Adrien Brody and plenty others. The big winner: Winter Sleep, a three hour, sixteen minute long Turkish film from filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who last brought his masterful Once Upon a Time in Anatolia to Cannes a few years ago. Other key winners include Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller and a tie between 83-year-old Jean-Luc Godard and 25-year-old Xavier Dolan for the Jury Prize. Another excellent year at Cannes ends with deserving winners.
Here's the full list of Cannes 2014 winners, with most of the key awards listed below, including Un Certain Regard. I'll get into my own commentary after the winners. Head to the official Cannes website for more.
Palme d'Or (Golden Palm):
Winter Sleep (Kis Uykusu) directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Grand Prix (Runner Up):
The Wonders (Le Meraviglie) directed by Alice Rohrwacher
Bennett Miller for Foxcatcher
Mommy directed by Xavier Dolan -TIED with-
Goodbye to Language 3D directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin for Leviathan
Camera d'Or (First-Time Filmmaker):
Party Girl directed by Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
Best Lead Actor:
Timothy Spall in Mike Leigh's Mr. Turner
Best Leading Actress:
Julianne Moore in David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars
Un Certain Regard
Un Certain Regard Prize:
White God (Fehér isten) directed by Kornél Mundruczó
Force Majeure (Turist) directed by Ruben Östlund
Un Certain Regard Special Prize:
The Salt of the Earth directed by Wim Wenders & Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
Ensemble cast in Party Girl directed by Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
Best Actor Award:
David Gulpilil in Charlie's Country directed by Rolf de Heer
Not bad, not bad. I am quite satisfied with this set of awards, give or take a few of them. Winter Sleep is an outstanding film, even at over three hours long, but my top choice for Palme was Xavier Dolan's Mommy. Instead, he got a bit screwed over with that tie, which is ironic considering I even referenced Godard in my review of Mommy. I'm also very happy to see Foxcatcher win, as that was one of my favorite films of the festival too, and Bennett deserves that one. On the flip side, I hated Winter God and I'm shocked it won Un Certain Regard, but I am satisfied with Force Majeure taking runner-up, because it needs the attention and support to break out of here - and it certainly should go far. Congrats all around to this year's winners.
This year's Cannes jury was lead by Jane Campion and also included: Carole Bouquet, Sofia Coppola, Leila Hatami, Do-Yeon Jeon, Willem Dafoe, Gael Garcia Bernal, Zhangke Jia and Nicolas Winding Refn. This will wrap up our final 2014 coverage, another year at the Cannes Film Festival comes to an end with the awards.
Maps to the Star looks really interesting I'm happy it won. Look forward to seeing Winter Sleep, Le meraviglie, Mommy and Party Girl as well. Sounds like a lot of great films (like every year).
DavideCoppola on May 24, 2014
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