Overnight the winners in the Official Competition at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival were announced.
In one of the most open competitions since I started tracking the festival, Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan, a former two-time Grand Prix and one time Best Director winner, won the Palme d’Or for his 196 minute epic, Winter Sleep.
Tipped as one of the frontrunners before the festival, Winter Sleep received a strong reception, but had to hold off the tough competition that emerged over the course of the festival from Alice Rohrwacher’s The Wonders, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Andrei Zvyagintsev’s Leviathan, Bennett Millers’ Foxcatcher, Mike Leigh’s Mr Turner, Xavier Dolan’s Mommy and Olivier Assayas Clouds of Sils Maria.
The Jane Campion-led jury went with Winter Sleep in the end, which islikely to be the Turkish entry for Foreign Language Film at next year’s Oscars, but most of the other highly praised entries also walked away with an award.
The Prix du Jury, the festival’s second prize, went to Rohrwacher for The Wonders, which is just the second feature (after the excellent Corpo Celeste) for the now world-renowned 31-year-old Italian director. It is terrific to see her recognized.
For the Jury (third) Prize, the jury couldn’t split the festival’s youngest and oldest entrants – Xavier Dolan’s highly praised fifth feature (the guy is just 25 years of age!), Mommy, and veteran French auteur Jean-Luc Godard’s experimental 3D film, Goodbye to Language.
Bennett Miller won Best Director for Foxcatcher, which sounds incredible. Each of the film’s leading men, Channing Tatum, Steve Carrell and Mark Ruffalo, were also in contention for Best Actor according to reports. Likely to be a major player in the 2014 Oscar race, it is now certainly one of the year’s most anticipated.
Best Actor went to Timothy Spall for Mr Turner and Julianne Moore received Best Actress for Maps to the Stars. Cronenberg’s film remains a bit of an enigma. Robbie Collin of The Telegraph declared it his favourite and a worthy Palme winner, but the trailer doesn’t give much away and other commentators seemed a bit more baffled by it.Best Screenplay, for many a disappointing consolation, went to Zvyagintsev for Leviathan.
Official Competition Prizes
Palme d’Or: “Winter Sleep” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
Grand Prix: “The Wonders” (Alice Rohrwacher)
Director: Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”
Actor: Timothy Spall, “Mr. Turner”
Actress: Julianne Moore, “Maps to the Stars”
Jury Prize: “Mommy” (Xavier Dolan) and “Goodbye to Language” (Jean-Luc Godard)
Screenplay: Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin, “Leviathan”
Camera d’Or (first feature film): “Party Girl” (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis)
Short Films Palme d’Or: “Leidi” (Simon Mesa Soto)
Short Films Special Mention: “Aissa” (Clement Trehin-Lalanne)
Ecumenical Jury Prize: “Timbuktu” (Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritania-France)
Un Certain Regard Prizes
Un Certain Regard Prize: “White God” (Kornel Mundruczo, Hungary-Germany-Sweden)
Jury prize: “Force Majeure” (Ruben Ostlund, Sweden-France-Denmark-Norway)
Special Prize: “The Salt of the Earth” (Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, France-Italy)
Ensemble: “Party Girl” (Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger, Samuel Theis, France)
Actor: David Gulpilil, “Charlie’s Country” (Rolf de Heer, Australia)
Directors’ Fortnight Prizes
Art Cinema Award: “Les Combattants” (Thomas Cailley, France)
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Les Combattants”
Europa Cinemas Label: “Les Combattants”
Critics’ Week Prizes
Grand Prize: “The Tribe” (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine)
Visionary Prize: “The Tribe”
Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers Prize: “Hope” (Boris Lojkine, France)
Competition: “Winter Sleep” (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey-Germany-France)
Un Certain Regard: “Jauja” (Lisandro Alonso, Denmark-U.S.-Argentina)
Directors’ Fortnight: “Les Combattants”
Andrew Buckle – follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22