24 May 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — “Winter Sleep,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s sprawling, character-rich portrait of a self-absorbed Anatolian hotelier and his uneasy relationships with those around him, won the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival on Saturday night. It’s the first Palme but hardly the first award the Turkish auteur has won at the festival: He has twice received the Grand Prix, for 2002′s “Distant” and 2011′s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,” while he won best director for 2008′s “Three Monkeys.”

“Winter Sleep” is only the second film by a Turkish director to win the Palme, after Yilmaz Guney and Serif Goren’s “The Way” (1982).

“This is a great surprise for me,” Ceylan said when he took the stage, noting that 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema. “I want to dedicate the prize to all the young people of Turkey, including those who lost their lives” over the past year, »

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