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Cannes Film Festival Announces Winners

by Sydney Levine
May 24, 2014 4:58 PM
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Winter Sleep

The Palme d’Or of the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival went to Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s epic and yet personally intimate story of a wealty self-absorbed Anatolian hotelier and landowner and his uneasy relationships with those around him. Ceylan’s first Palme d’Or, he has received the Grand Prix twice already. Once for 2002′s Distant and again for 2011′s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia. He also won for best director in 2008 for Three Monkeys.

Winter Sleep is the second film by a Turkish director to win the Palme, after Yilmaz Guney and Serif Goren’s The Way in1982. When Ceylan received the award, he noted that 2014 was the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema. This is a great surprise for me, Ceylan said, I want to dedicate the prize to all the young people of Turkey, including those who lost their lives over the past year.

Winter Sleep is being sold internationally by Memento who will also release it in France. Ama acquired Greek rights before Cannes.

The Wonders

The Grand Prix was awarded to Alice Rohrwacher’s semi-autobiographical drama The Wonders ( Le meraviglie), one of the true wild-card selections in the Competition. Rohrwacher’s only other film was Corpo Celeste. ISA: The Match Factory and distributed in its home country, Italy, by Bim.

Channing Tatum and Steve Carell in "Foxcatcher"

Best Director Award went to Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) for Foxcatcher, about the complex relationship of Olympic wrestlers Mark and Davd Schultz and the Pennsylvania millionaire John du Pont. It is being sold internationally by Kimberly Fox’s new production and sales company Panorama who had pre-sold rights before Cannes for U.S. to Sony Pictures Classics, Canada to Métropole Films Distribution and Mongrel Media Inc., France to Mars Films, Germany to Koch Media Gmbh, Japan to Longride Inc., Switzerland to Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Taiwan to Long Shong International, U.K. to Entertainment One UK.

Julianne Moore in David Cronenberg’s 'Maps to the Stars'

The Actress Prize went to Julianne Moore for her role in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars , a Hollywood saga where in order to succeed you must be incestuous or schizophrenic. Written by Bruce Wagner it is being sold internationally by Entertainment One, it had pre-sold before Cannes to Benelux to CDC United Network and Cineart , Colombia to Babilla Cine, France to Canal + and Le Pacte, Germany to MFA Film Distribution and RTC Media, Greece to Hollywood Entertainment S.A., Italy to Adler Entertainment Srl, So. Korea to Doki Entertainment, Mexico to Cine Video Y Tv, Norway to Star Media Entertainment, Romania to Independenta Film, Switzerland to Pathe Films Ag, Turkey to Calinos Films, Ukraine to Top Film Distribution (Ukraine), U.K. to Entertainment One Films International.

Mr. Turner

The Actor Award went to Timothy Spall for his role as the renowned British artist J.M.W. Turner whose use of light and color made him a pioneering and controversial figures of his day. Mr. Turner was directed by seven-time Academy Award® nominated and multiple BAFTA winning writer/director Mike Leigh (Another Year, Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies). The legendary British actor Timothy Spall (Harry Potter, Secrets & Lies) also includes frequent Leigh collaborators, including Academy Award® nominated cinematographer Dick Pope (Vera Drake, Secrets & Lies, The Illusionist) and Academy Award®-winning costume designer Jacqueline Durran (Another Year, Anna Karenina, Atonement). Leigh works in close collaboration with his actors, using his unique methods of improvisation to bring Turner and his 19th century world to life. Mike Leigh said: Turner as a character is compelling. I want to explore the man, his working life, his relationships and how he lived. But what fascinates me most is the drama that lies in the tension between this driven eccentric and the epic, timeless world he evoked in his masterpieces.

I’ve spent a lot of time being a bridesmaid. This is the first time I’ve ever been a bride, so I’m quite pleased about that, Spall said in a long, moving acceptance speech. This is as much an accolade for Mr. Leigh as it is for me. Spall recalled that when Leigh’s Secrets & Lies, in which he also starred, won the Palme d’Or, he was undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. I thank God that I’m still here and alive.

The film was already pre-sold before Cannes by ISA Pyramide to U.S. to Sony Pictures Classics, Canada to Mongrel Media Inc., France to Canal + and Diaphana Distribution, Germany to Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh, Switzerland to Pathe Films Ag.

Goodbye to Language/Mommy

The Jury Prize went to two films from the Competition’s youngest and oldest directors: Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language. Dolan thanked the Jury President Jane Campion and cited her Palme d’Or-winning The Piano as one of the first and most influential films he watched as a teenager. Godard did not attend the festival. Mommy is being sold internationally by both Seville and Entertainment One and was pre-sold before Cannes to Benelux to ABC - Cinemien, France to Diaphana Distribution, Japan toDongyu Club and Pictures Dept. Co. Ltd.

Party Girl

Camera d'Or went to Party Girl, Un Certain Regard Opening Night Film, the debut feature of three directors including two women, Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. It had won the ensemble acting prize the night before at the Certain Regard Awards ceremony. It is being sold internationally by Pyramide. The Caméra d'Or ( Golden Camera ) is the award of the Cannes Film Festival for the best first feature film presented in one of the Cannes' selections (Official Selection, Directors' Fortnight or International Critics' Week). The prize was created in 1978 by Gilles Jacob and is awarded by an independent jury which this year was headed by Nicole Garcia.


Screenplay Award went to Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, Leviathan which was highly praised. Its ISA Pyramide presold the film to Australia to Palace Films, Benelux to Lumière, Brazil to Imovision, Greece to Seven Films, Spain to Golem Distribución, Taiwan toPomi International, U.K. to Artificial Eye,Curzon Cinemas and Curzon Film World

Other prizes:


Short Films Palme d’Or: Leidi (Simon Mesa Soto), a U.K. – Colombia coproduction.

Short Films Special Mention: Aissa (Clement Trehin-Lalanne) from France

Ecumenical Jury Prize: Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania-France) being sold internationally by Le Pacte who is also distributing it in France with TV5Monde.


White God

Un Certain Regard Prize: White God (Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary-Germany-Sweden). ISA: The Match Factory

Jury prize: Force Majeure (Ruben Ostlund, Sweden-France-Denmark-Norway) ISA: The Coproduction Office, sold to Benelux to Lumiere and to Norway’s Arthaus.

Special Prize: The Salt of the Earth (Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, France-Italy). ISA: Le Pacte who is distributing it in France and has licensed it to

Italy to Officine Ubu and to Romania to Independenta Film.

Ensemble: Party Girl (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis, France) ISA: Pyramide

Actor: David Gulpilil, Charlie’s Country (Rolf de Heer, Australia)


Les Combattants

Art Cinema Award: Les Combattants (Thomas Cailley, France) ISA: Bac Films presold to Haut et Court for France.

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: Les Combattants

Europa Cinemas Label: Les Combattants


Grand Prize: The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine) ISA: AlphaViolet (also French distributor)

Visionary Prize: The Tribe

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: Hope (Boris Lojkine, France) ISA: Pyramide. France TV5Monde.



Competition: Winter Sleep

Un Certain Regard: Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, Denmark-U.S.-Argentina)

Directors’ Fortnight: Les Combattants

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