Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep has won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Turkish director’s tense and morally complex character study beat out 17 other competition entries, including Alice Rohrwacher’s bittersweet coming-of-age tale The Wonders, which won the Grand Prix.
The Jury Prize, considered the third most prestigious, was shared by the youngest and oldest directors in competition, 25-year-old Xavier Dolan, for mother-and-son drama Mommy, and 83-year-old French New Wave veteran Jean-Luc Godard, for Goodbye to Language.
Timothy Spall was the most high-profile British winner on the night, accepting the award for best actor for his portrayal of 19th-century artist J.M.W. Turner in British director Mike Leigh’s BFI Film Fund-backed biopic Mr. Turner. The best actress prize went to Julianne Moore for her role as an ageing movie star in David Cronenberg’s nightmarish satire on contemporary Hollywood, Maps to the Stars.
Winners in full
Winter Sleep (directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
The Wonders (directed by Alice Rohrwacher)
Mommy (directed by Xavier Dolan) and Goodbye to Language (directed by Jean-Luc Godard)
Party Girl (directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis)
Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher)
Leviathan (directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars)
Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner)
Leidi (directed by Simón Mesa Soto)