Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, center, poses with the Palme d'Or award for the film Winter Sleep and actor Timothy Spall, second right, poses with his award for Best Actor for his role in the film Mr. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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The richly ruminative Chekhovian drama "Winter Sleep" was awarded the Palme d'Or on Saturday, bestowing the Cannes Film Festival's top honor on an intimate, wintery epic set on Turkey's Anatolian steppe.Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted the award, handed out by Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman at the French Riviera festival. For the second year in a row, Cannes awarded its top honor to a film running more than three hours."Winter Sleep" is the second film by a Turkish director to win the Palme d'Or following Yilmaz Guney and Serif Goren's "The Way" in 1982 .Alice Rohrwatcher's "The Wonders," an Italian drama about a family of beekeepers, was the surprise winner of the Grand Prix. Rohrwatcher was one of two female directors among the 18 films in competition for the Palme d'Or.Most surprisingly absent from Saturday's awards ceremony was "Two Days, One Night," the Dardenne brothers' working-class drama starring Marion Cotillard.
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