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LONGEST FILM AT CANNES — THE WINNER — COULD HAVE BEEN LONGER

May 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Along with the de rigueur summary of the plot of the winning movies, journalists covering the Cannes Film Festival’s awards ceremony each noted that the winner of this year’s top Palme d’Or prize, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, ran 3 hours and 16 minutes, the longest film selected for the competition. At a news conference following the announcement of the awards, the Turkish director remarked that his first draft of the screenplay actually would have run four and a half hours. “When I write a script I never consider the commercial side and I just write like the novel writer,” he said. “So when we finished the script we realized that it was two times longer than one of my previous movies, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia [which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2011].” Although festival officials had been criticized for the dearth of movies made by women, the jury, which was dominated by women, awarded Italian director Alice Rohrwacher the Grand Prize for her film The Wonders. But American director Bennett Miller received the best director award for his movie, Foxcatcher. Two filmmakers shared the Jury Prize — Canadian director Xavier Dolan for Mommy and French icon Jean-Luc Godard for Goodbye to Language. At 25, Dolan was the youngest director with a film in competition, while Godard was the oldest at 83. “I recognize the deliberate decision of the jury to associate me and Goddard because of our ages but also because of our research of freedom in cinema in different ways and times,” Dolan said following the awards presentations. Julianne Moore won the best actress award for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, while Timothy Spall won the best actor award for Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.