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Posted: 1:11 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014

Cannes finale: 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme 



By Charles Ealy

American-Statesman staff

"Winter Sleep," the three-hour, 16-minute film from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, took home the Palme d'Or Saturday night at the Cannes Film Festival.

The movie, which will be strictly arthouse fare in the United States, focuses on a hotel owner in a remote part of Turkey and his extensive verbal battles with an alienated wife and sister. It has been a critical favorite ever since it debuted at the festival on May 16.

Two Americans took home prizes. Bennett Miller won best director for "Foxcatcher," which looks at the true story of John du Pont, who murdered a gold medalist in wrestling. And Julianne Moore won best actress for her portrayal of a desperate L.A. star who's afraid she's getting too old and looking to make a movie comeback in David Cronenberg's "Maps to the Stars."

Two critical favorites, Tommy Lee Jones' "The Homesman" and the Dardenne brothers' "Two Days, One Night," were shut out of any awards. The snub of the Dardennes was particularly surprising since their movie had been a critical favorite and they have won two earlier Palme d'Ors.

The grand prix, or second prize, went to "The Wonders," directed by Italy's Alice Rohrwacher. Two movies shared the jury prize, or third prize: "Mommy," directed by Canada's Xavier Dolan, and "Goodbye to Language," by legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard.

Timothy Spall, who played the irascible artist J.M.W. Turner, won best actor for Mike Leigh's "Mr. Turner."

In yet another surprise, Russia's Andrey Zvyagintsev won best screenplay for "Leviathan." The movie, which played late in the festival, had a groundswell of critical support and was considered a leading contender for the Palme d'Or.

The Camera d'Or, which goes to first-time directors, was won by a three-person team, Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, for "Party Girl." The movie had little critical support and bested such high-profile titles as Ryan Gosling's "Lost River."

Other snubs were directed at Michel Hazanavicius, the Oscar winner for "The Artist," whose "The Search" was shut out, as well as Ken Loach, who received favorable notices for his Irish tale, "Jimmy's Hall."

It's always a guessing game as to who will win the award. This year, Jane Campion headed the jury, which included such members as Sofia Coppola, Willem Dafoe and Gael Garcia Bernal.

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Charles Ealy writes and edits stories about movies, books and the arts for the Austin American-Statesman.

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