Cannes 2014: Turkish Drama Winter Sleep Wins Palme d'Or

May 25, 2014 6:45 AM

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Cannes 2014: Turkish Drama Winter Sleep Wins Palme d'Or

The richly ruminative Chekhovian drama Winter Sleep was awarded the Palme d'Or on May 24, bestowing the Cannes Film Festival's top honour on an intimate, wintery epic set on Turkey's Anatolian steppe.

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted the award, handed out by Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the French Riviera festival. In his speech, Ceylan alluded to anti-government protests in Istanbul that began a year ago and have raged following a recent mining disaster that killed hundreds.

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