“And the Palme D’or goes to ‘Winter’s Sleep’ by Nuri Bilge Ceylan,” announced Head Judge Jane Campion at the star-studded ceremony on Saturday.
Accepting the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday the Turkish director dedicated the award “to the young people of Turkey, those who lost their lives during the last year.”
The three and quarter hour drama had been the bookies favourite to win, although the Dardennes brothers’ ‘Two Days, One Night’ was also a contender.
The film tales the story of a failing marriage in a mountaintop hotel which one critic likened to ‘The Shining retold by Chekhov’.
It becomes the second Turkish film to win a Palme D’or – making the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema all the sweeter.