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.

“Winter Sleep” Is One of the Favorite Films at Cannes Film Festival

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has a big chance to win the Golden Palm, the most prestigious award at the Cannes Film Festival which stars in May 14. The film’s plot is about an actor turned hotel owner, whose separation from her wife and her recently divorced sister make him leave during the winter. It is a drama that takes place in Anatolia, aTurkish city.

Winter Sleep is a 196-minute film, being the longest film in the competition. According to artistic directorThierry Fremaux, the drama represents the perfect example of cinema d’ auteur. This is the seventh film for Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the director of Winter Sleep. The Turkish director is fascinated with social alienation and emotional estrangement and most of his films present these themes.

The cast of the drama may not be recognized by non-Turkish viewers. The leading role is interpreted by Turkish actorHaluk Bilginer, who has also starred in British soap operas. The actresses are Demet Akbag, who plays Necla, and Melisa Sozen, who stars as Nihal.

Other competitors include Audrey Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, which is about a garage owner who decides to stand against corrupt officials, and Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu, which portrays life in Mali.