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CANNES 2014 Awards

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Winter Sleep wins the Palme d’Or

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- CANNES 2014 has unveiled its awards list: Nuri Bilge Ceylan leads the European pack, followed by Alice Rohrwacher and Jean-Luc Godard

Winter Sleep wins the Palme d’Or
Nuri Bilge Ceylan with the Palme D'Or

Presented by Quentin Tarantino himself and his muse Uma Thurman, the PALME D’OR has been awarded to Nuri Bilge Ceylan for his epic film Winter Sleep [+see also:
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 (read the review), a Franco-German-Turkish production that won unanimous support on the Croisette and among Jane Campion's jury.

On the stage, actress Sophia Loren first of all looked back on the life of her cinematic partner Marcello Mastroianni, the iconic figure gracing the poster of this 67th Cannes Festival, before handing the GRAND PRIX to her fellow countrywoman Alice Rohrchwacher for the Italian production The Wonders [+see also:
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(read the review). The director had been discovered at the Directors' Fortnight 2011 with Corpo Celeste [+see also:
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The JURY PRIZE of the 67th Cannes Festival was awarded ex-aequo to French veteran Jean-Luc Godard (Goodbye to Language [+see also:
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– read the review) and Canadian newcomer Xavier Dolan (Mommy), who arrived on stage and, trembling with emotion, paid tribute to Jane Campion and her The Piano, a landmark film for him and his career. Jean-Luc Godard received his very first award at Cannes, in spite of his wishes, as he had declared that he did not want to receive any prize from the festival – which he did not, in fact, grace with his presence.

Although she was not there to collect it, American actress Julianne Moore was given the BEST ACTRESS AWARD for her off-the-wall role in the Franco-Canadian co-production Maps To The Stars [+see also:
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by David Cronenberg. Meanwhile, the BEST ACTOR AWARD went to Timothy Spall for his excellent performance in Mr Turner [+see also:
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(read the review) by Mike Leigh. This prize comes after a collaboration spanning 33 years (and seven films!) between the British actor and his director, whom Spall thanked profusely on stage as he explained that his state of health (he was battling leukaemia) had prevented him from being present on the Croisette when Mike Leigh won the Palme d'Or in 1996 for Secrets and Lies.

The BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD was bestowed upon the duo of Russian writer-directors Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for the script for Leviathan, which was directed by the former and mainly co-written by the latter, while the BEST DIRECTOR AWARD went to American filmmaker Bennett Miller for his directing of Foxcatcher.

The CAMERA D’OR, which is awarded to a debut film from among all the categories at Cannes, was given to Party Girl [+see also:
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(read the review) by the trio of French directors Marie Amachoukeli, Samuel Theis and Claire Burger. This constitutes a fine victory for a film that had already been crowned with glory by the jury of Un Certain Regard, with the Ensemble Acting Prize awarded to it the night before.

The short-film jury, chaired by Abbas Kiarostami, gave its Palme d’Or to Leidi by Colombia's Simon Meisa Soto, after having given two Special Mentions to European titles: one to Aissa by French director Clément Tréhin-Lalanne and the other to Yes We Love by Norwegian filmmaker Hallvar Witzo.

Palme d´Or
Winter Sleep – Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Grand Prix
The Wonders – Alice Rohrwacher

Best Actress
Julianne Moore – Maps to the Stars

Best Actor
Timothy Spall – Mr Turner

Best Director
Foxcatcher – Bennett Miller

Best Screenplay
Andrei Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin – Leviathan

Jury Prize
Ex aequo: Mommy – Xavier Dolan and Goodbye to Language – Jean-Luc Godard

Caméra d´Or Award
Party Girl – Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis

Palme d'Or for Best Short Film
Leidi - Simon Meisa Soto

Special Mentions
Aissa - Clément Tréhin-Lalanne and Yes We Love - Hallvar Witzo

(Translated from French)

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