Turkish drama ‘Winter Sleep’ wins Palme d’Or at Cannes

From left: Actress Demet Akbag, guest, writer Ebru Ceylan, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, actor Haluk Bilginer, and actress Melisa Sozen attend the 'Winter Sleep' premiere in Cannes. Vittorio Zunino / Getty Images

CANNES, France – The prestigious Palme d’Or award at this year’s Cannes film festival went to the Turkish drama Winter Sleep.

Running more than three hours, Winter Sleep is about a family running a hotel in the snowy Turkish hills and their strained relationship with their village tenants.

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan dedicated the award to “the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year.” A coal mine fire in Turkey recently killed 301 workers.

Canada’s Xavier Dolan won a major prize at Cannes. Click here for more on this and other awards handed out at the festival.

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