Turkish movie Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, won the Palme d'Or (Golden Palm) for the best film at the 67th Cannes Film Festival on Saturday.
With two Grand Prix and a Best Director Award, Ceylan returned to Cannes this year with his seventh full-length feature film, which lasts three hours and 16 minutes.
The story takes place at a hotel. Aydin, a former actor, runs the small hotel in central Anatolia with his wife Nihal, with whom he has a stormy relationship. His sister Necla is suffering from her recent divorce.
In winter as the snow begins to fall in the Anatolian plains, the hotel turns into an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.
Explaining the length of the film, Ceylan told a press conference following the awarding ceremony that "When I write a script I never consider the commercial side and I just write like the novel writer. So when we finished the script we realized that it was two times longer than the one of my previous movie Once Upon A time In Anatolia."
"At first it was 4 and half hours but in the editing I worked hard to make it at this length. This time, I and my wife wrote the script together and the characters and the story brought us to such long story," said the director.
"In general I can find enough motivation only if I make movies about the human nature," said the director.
The movie The Wonders by Italian woman director Alice Rohrwacher won the Grand Prize of the Festival.
Rohrwacher told the press conference: "For me all this is enormous, I wanted then to thank all my collaborator because during the turning they were attacked by the bees, but I said to them that a pinhole by bees means no rheumatisms when you are going to be old."
"It was very touching to receive the prize from the hands of Sofia Loren and having the image of Marcello Mastroianni right there," said the director.
US filmmaker Bennett Miller won the Award for Best Director for the movie Foxcatcher.
The Jury Prize was shared by the movies Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan, and Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard.
Dolan told reporters that "I recognize the deliberate decision of the jury to associate me and Godard because of our ages but also because of our research of freedom in cinema in different ways and times."
The Award for Best Screenplay went to Andrey Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin for the Russian movie Leviathan.
Julianne Moore won the Award for Best Actress for the movie Maps to the Stars, while Timothy Spall won the Award for Best Actor in the movie Mr. Turner.
Spall said "It's so amazing and I'm deeply touched. I'm so proud by this award then I spent most of my career as supporting actor."
The prize of Camera d'Or, for the best first feature film, was awarded to the movie Party Girl, directed by the debuting French trio: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis.
The Palme d'Or for Short Film was awarded to the movie Leidi by Simon Mesa Soto.