Winners at Cannes Festival 2014

Although they were many favorites moviesdirectors and actors to win each category, at the end only one can receive the awardCannes International Film Festival celebrated from May 14th to 25th has its winners and most of them were predicted by many movie critics.

For instance:

  • The movie that received the Palme d’Or, the highest prize awarded at Cannes Film Festival, was Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep,
  • Julian Moore won Best Actress for her performance in Maps to the Star,
  • Timothy Spall won Best Actor for his role in Mr. Turner,
  • Bennet Miller won Best Director for his movie Foxcatcher,
  • The Wonders won the Grand Prix,
  • and the Jury Prize was for two movies: Mommy and Goodbye to Language.

It was not a surprise when Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the director of the movie, received the award and in his speech he dedicated it to young people in Turkey and those people who have lost their lives during the last year because of protests in Istanbul.

Julian Moore won Best Actress for her role in Maps to the Stars, a dark Hollywood satire directed by David Cronenberg. The Best Actor award was for Timothy Spall for his performance as a British painter in the British biographical drama Mr. Turner directed by Mike Leigh.

Bennet Miller won Best Director for his movie Foxcatcher, a wrestling drama, one of the most impressive films at CannesThe Wonders, an Italian drama directed by Alice Rohrwacher, won the Grand Prix.           

The Jury Prize was shared between Xavier Dolan’s French drama Mommy and Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language, a 3-D art-house film.

Chinese Arthouse Film is Having a Huge Success

Despite the fact that arthouse films are not made for commercial purposes, and that many of them are not watched by a considerable amount of people,  Chinese movie Black Coal, Thin Ice has demonstrated the contrary about this thought.

The movie has had a large amount of people watching it though this was not the intention of the film.

After being awarded with the Golden Bear for best film at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, the production has gained 98.4 million yuan (US$16 million) and this figure is increasing. The movie displayed for the first time on March 21th and since that day, it has had a non-stop success.

According to Diao Yinan, the director of the movie, arthouse films are not very famous in China; arthouse films usually do not have a big audience. Diao Yinan states that due to the award, this movie became famous. If the movie had not won this prize, this success would have not been possible.

Some people that work in the movie industry are trying to make a change regarding the separation that exists between:

  • arthouse films,
  • independent films,
  • non-commercial films,
  • and commercial movies.

Some of these people state that directors can combine elements from both types of movies and create something completely different and attractive.