The Festival de Cannes has wrapped up for another year with the Jury (Jane Campion (president), Willem Dafoe, Carole Bouquet, Gael Garcia Bernal, Jeon Do-yeon, Jia Zhangke, Leila Hatami and Nicolas Winding Refn) awarding Turkish drama Winter Sleep the Palme d’Or. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is no stranger to winning at Cannes, he has previously been awarded the Grand Jury Prize (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), best director (Üç Maymun) and the FIPRESCI critics’ award (Iklimler). The director’s lengthy, slow-paced films aren’t exactly the most accessible cinema, but there is no doubt about their power or beauty.
Italian film-maker Alice Rohwacher’s (whose first feature Corpo celeste played Critics’ Week in 2011) The Wonders took up the Grand Prix (2nd) prize. The film was incredibly well received by critics at the festival, with Robbie Collins saying (in his 5 star review):
The film was photographed not on digital cameras, but Super-16 film stock: a dying way of seeing dying things, and yet everything it captures seems to flare and crackle with life. There’s so much here to remind you of the Italian neorealist pictures, particularly in Rohrwacher’s brilliant deployment of her mostly young and inexperienced cast, but it also shares an underlying magic with Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbour Totoro, the great Studio Ghibli animations about children whose rural lives have a quiet profundity that transcends incident or plot. The film comes and goes without commotion, but its magic settles on you as softly and as steadily as dust.
I was particularly happy that Canadian film-maker Xavier Dolan was awarded for his first official competition appearance at Cannes. Mommy was jointly awarded the Jury (3rd) Prize along with Jean-Luc Goddard’s 3D film, Goodbye to Language.
The extremely well reviewed Leviathan took home best screenplay, with Mr Turner walking away with a best actor award for veteran British character actor Timothy Spal. Other highlights among the award winners were Bennett Miller receiving the best director award for Foxcatcher (which has to be one of the most anticipated films of 2014 now) and Australian actor David Gulpilil receiving best actor in the Un Certain Regard section for his role in Charlie’s Country.
The complete list of award winners is after the jump.
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