Winter Sleep Wins the Palme d'Or at Cannes

The Turkish film Winter Sleep capped off the Cannes Film Festival by taking home the Palme d’Or. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted the award for his film. The three hour and sixteen minute film tells the story of Aydın, a former actor, who runs a small hotel  with his wife Nihal, with whom he has a tumultuous  relationship, and his sister Necla, who is  recently divorced. The winter snow begins to fall, turning  the hotel  into a shelter but also a prison that fuels animosities. Reviews have been good, comparing Ceylan to Ingmar Bergman.  The movie has its detractors, though. At 196 minutes, one could, even never having seen it, no doubt find places where it could have been cut down. Still, it looks intriguing.  The trailer is below. One with English subtitles was not available at publishing.



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