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Turkish film awarded top Cannes honor

– The Chekhovian Turkish drama “Winter Sleep” was awarded the Palme d’Or on Saturday at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival.

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted Cannes’ top honor, handed out by Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman. In his speech, Ceylan alluded to the recent mining disaster in Soma, Turkey, in which 301 workers were killed.

“I want to dedicate the prize to the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives during the last year,” said Ceylan. “I dedicate this to them.”

For the second year in a row, the Cannes Film Festival awarded its top honor to a film running more than three hours. A year after the French coming-of-age tale “Blue Is the Warmest Color” won the Palme, the jury headed by Jane Campion opted for Ceylan’s ruminative drama about a wealthy family running a hotel in the snowy Turkish hills and their strained relationship with their village tenants.

Bennett Miller (“Capote,” “Moneyball”) won the award for best director for his wresting drama “Foxcatcher,” the American film that made the biggest impact at Cannes. Miller dedicated his award to his stars Channing Tatum, Steve Carell and Mark Ruffalo, as well as producer Megan Ellison.

Julianne Moore won best actress for her performance in David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars.” Best actor went to Timothy Spall, who stars as British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic “Mr. Turner.”

Kim, Kanye wed in Italy ceremony

Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West wed on Saturday evening in a Renaissance fortress in Florence, Italy, the TV network that carries “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” confirmed.

E! spokeswoman Christel Wheeler confirmed the wedding. A story on the network’s website said the couple’s representatives confirmed they were married in the private ceremony before family and friends.

– Associated Press

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