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The 67th edition of Cannes Film Festival, the playground for special emotions


It was the grand finale on the Croisette and a surprising Palme d`Or this year for so many. It was also a glamorous night with all the great celebrity coming at the ceremony. Uma Thurman, dressed in a white pigeon-like Marchesa dress waltzed with Quentin Tarantino on the Red Carpet before handing this year` Palme d`Or to the Turkish director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, for the film Winter Sleep. They celebrated 20 years since their film Pulp Fiction won the Palme d`Or, back in 1994.

The Palme d`Or film, Winter Sleep captured the jury`s hearts with a story of a former actor running a small hotel in Anatolia with his wife with whom he is in a bad relationship and his sister who is suffering from her recent divorce. After the winter is coming, the hotel turns into a shelter for conflicts and animosities.

"I feel a little strange to tell the truth, even though winning this award is very nice. "I have won a lot of awards at Cannes, but to take home the Palme d'or, that's amazing. When I wrote the film's script, I did so as if I were writing a novel. I realized afterwards that it was too long. The first film was four and a half hours long. I finally shortened it during the editing process. When I make a film, I always try to work from the dark side of my soul. After Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, I felt ready to tell this story", said the director, Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

"It took me in. It was so masterful. I could have stayed for another couple of hours." said Jane Campion, the President of the Jury making a point also about the length of the film which is 3 hours and 15 minutes.

The great disappointment this year was for Xavier Dolan with the film Mommy. He expected to win the big Palme d`Or this year, but he was awarded with the Jury Prize in a genius unanimous recognition. The 25 years old Canadian director, Xavier Dolan, dressed in a jazzy blue tuxedo showed very clearly his disappointment but he said he continues to dream big.

"With this decision, I recognize the deliberate gesture made by the Jury to associate me and Jean-Luc Godard in cinema due to our search for freedom in two different eras. He attempted to reinvent cinema in an era that he created. I would also like to be associated with such a change in direction. The Jury perceived the sensitivity of both an old and young man, proof that cinema expresses itself through the generations.", Xavier Dolan declared at the press conference.

Bennett Miller took the Best Director Award for the film Foxcatcher with Charlie Hunnam and Steve Carell having the leading roles. Julianne Moore, who was absent at the ceremony, won the prize for the Best Actress for her role in Maps to the Stars by David Cronenberg. But Timothy Spall was present and happy to be awarded the Best Actor Award for his role in Mr. Turner.

Best Screenplay Award was handed to Andrey Zvyagintsev for the film Leviathan, a film that was much appreciated by the international press.

"It's a great pleasure. Tonight, however, the absence of Oleg Negin, who co-wrote the film's screenplay, greatly affects me. We already have other projects in the works, and we're going to get back to work real soon.", Andrey Zvyagintsev said.

The Grand Prix was given to the Italian director, Alice Rohrwacher for the film The Wonders (Le Meraviglie). The prize was handed by Sophia Loren who didn`t hesitate to remind us of her long career along with the poster star of this edition of Festival, Marcello Mastroiani.

"I shot 13 film with this signore in the dark sunglasses,", the actress said, dressed in a lightly sequined Giorgio Armani black gown.

A classy edition, a stir of cinematic ideas, a marathon of films and artistic encounters that turned the 67th edition of Cannes Film Festival into a playground for special emotions.

Editor Andra Oprea