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Epic Turkish drama Winter Sleep wins Cannes top prize

Published on May 25, 2014 6:41 AM
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan poses during the Award Winners photocall after he won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) award for his movie 'Winter Sleep' at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, on May 24, 2014. - PHOTO: EPA

CANNES, France (AFP) - Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival Saturday for Winter Sleep and dedicated the honour to victims of his country’s political strife.

Jury president Jane Campion, the New Zealand filmmaker, handed the trophy to Ceylan, who pipped 17 other contenders including David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard and the Oscar-winning director of The Artist, Michel Hazanavicius.

Winter Sleep drew rave reviews as a slow-burn domestic drama that mesmerised audiences despite its more than three-hour length.

Ceylan dedicated the award to the Turkish “youth who lost their lives” in violent anti-government protests that have rocked Turkey over the last year.

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