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Cannes 2014 Derby: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep Tops Nicholas’ Palme d’Or Predictions

He’s won the Grand Jury Prize for Distant (2002) and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011), plus the FIPRESCI for Climates (2006) and Best Director for Three Monkeys (2008). Every appearance Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has seen his work take home sort of prestigious recognition, and 2014 may be the year he takes home the juggernaut. That’s not to say previous awards necessitate future glory, but Ceylan’s certainly a masterful auteur whose work has only become more accomplished with each feature. Despite Winter Sleep’s run time (the longest of the comp), odds may very well be in his favor in what looks to his most epic endeavor yet. We’re curious to see what the Jane Campion led jury will gravitate towards. She’s the only female director to have yet been honored with the Palme d’Or (for 1993’s The Piano), and four other women join her on the jury, including director Sofia Coppola and actresses Leila Hatami, Jeon Do-yeon, and Carole Bouquet.

Winter Sleep 5-1
Maps to the Stars 6-1
Leviathan 7-1
Jimmy’s Hall 8-1
The Homesman 9-1
Clouds of Sils Maria 10-1
Mr. Turner 10-1
Two Days, One Night 15-1
Foxcatcher 20-1

The Search 20-1
Goodbye To Language 25-1
Mommy 25-1
Saint Laurent 40-1
La Meraviglie 50-1
Still the Water 60-1
Wild Tales 70-1
Timbuktu 75-1
The Captive 100-1

Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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