Turkish politics, hugs, whale bones, entranced dancing … Cannes Film Festival 2014 highlights
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From magical cinema to politics and emotion at the awards ceremony, here are some of my highlights from Cannes 2014:
- Palme d'Or Winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan dedicating his award to the young people of Turkey died in clashes during the protest movements in the past year.
- Canadian director Xavier Dolan gives a big Mommy hug to president of the jury, Jane Campion, after winning the Jury Prize jointly with father of the New Wave cinema Jean-Luc Godard.
- Football choreography without a ball and with brightly coloured shirts in the Saharan sands, along with a supposed-jihadi dancing like a bird on the roof of the local madwoman’s house in Abderrahmane Sissako’s Timbuktu.
- The whale skeleton and the ship skeletons on the shore of the Barents Sea in Andrey Zvyagintisev’sLeviathan.
- Little Abdul Khalim Mamatsevi’s entranced dance scene in The Search.
- Gilles Jacob bowing out gracefully at the awards ceremony after spending the best part of his 80-something years with the Cannes Film Festival and establishing the short film and Un certain regard sections to help foster new generations after new generations of filmmakers.
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