Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s beautiful looking, 3 1/2 hour talky snooze-fest Winter Sleep won the top prize at Cannes. That’s not fair of me to say. I didn’t review the film because I couldn’t focus on it and probably nodded off a couple of times. Under the exhausted festival circumstances, I can’t say it was the film’s fault. Still, I doubt it would’ve been the movie I’d have been rooting for under the best of circumstances.
Check out all the winners and a bit more commentary after the jump.
I love the choice of Miller as Best Director. Foxcatcher absolutely deserved to be recognized and part of me thought it might even have a shot at the big one. Love the Jury Prize tie. It’s still amazing to think Dolan has 5 films under his belt at like 25 years old and Godard… well he’s Godard. I wasn’t completely in love with his odd 3D audio/visual collage, but it was easily the most oddly fascinating and sly of the competition entries.
The Jury pretty much nailed the acting categories. Julianne Moore was wonderful in Maps to the Stars and I’ve already gone to bat for Spall.
Palme d’Or: Winter Sleep - Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Grand Prix: Le Meraviglie (The Wonders) - Alice Rohrwacher
Best Director: Bennett Miller - Foxcatcher
Jury Prize: (Tie) Mommy - Xavier Dolan and Goodbye To Language - Jean-Luc Godard
Best Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev, Oleg Negin - Leviathan
Best Actress: Julianne Moore - Maps To The Stars
Best Actor: Timothy Spall - Mr Turner
Camera d’Or: Party Girl - Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis
Short Film: Leidi- Simón Mesa Soto
Special Mention: Aïssa - Clément Trehin-Lalanne
Ja Vi Elsker - Hallvar Witzo