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Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Cannes top prize

Published on May 25, 2014 1:58 AM
 

CANNES, France (AFP) - Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday for "Winter Sleep", a slow-burn domestic drama that mesmerised audiences despite its more than three-hour length.

Jury president Jane Campion, the New Zealand filmmaker, handed over the trophy to Ceylan, who beat out 17 other contenders including David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard and the Oscar-winning director of "The Artist", Michel Hazanavicius, to claim top honours at the world's biggest cinema showcase.