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Cannes Film Festival 2014

Turkish politics, hugs, whale bones, entranced dancing … Cannes Film Festival 2014 highlights

Gilles Jacob waves goodbye to the Cannes Film Festival de Cannes after 37 years of organising
Gilles Jacob waves goodbye to the Cannes Film Festival de Cannes after 37 years of organising Reuters/Yves Herman

From magical cinema to politics and emotion at the awards ceremony, here are some of my highlights from Cannes 2014:

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- 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.

Dossier: Cannes Film Festival 2014

- 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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