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Cannes 2014: Winter Sleep wins the Palme d'Or and Timothy Spall named Best Actor

Turkish drama Winter Sleep has won the Palme d'Or, the top honour of the Cannes Film Festival.

Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan dedicated the award to "the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives in the last year".

A coal mine fire in Turkey recently killed 301 workers.

Running more than three hours, Winter Sleep is about a family running a hotel in the snowy Turkish hills and their strained relationship with their village tenants.

Bennett Miller won the award for best director. His wrestling drama Foxcatcher stars Channing Tatum and Steve Carell.

Best actor went to Timothy Spall who stars as British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mr Turner. Julianne Moore won best actress for her performance in the Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars.

White God, a film about a mixed-breed dog who must learn how to survive after a society declares mutts undesirable, has won the Un Certain Regard prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Its director, Kornel Mundruczo of Hungary, has said it is an allegory about Europeans' treatment of minorities.

Turist, by director Ruben Ostlund, won the jury prize, and a special prize was given to Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's Salt Of The Earth.

Party Girl got an ensemble prize while David Gulpilil was awarded best actor for Rolf de Heer's Charlie's Country.

The competition honours more offbeat films than those up for the Palme d'Or.

It was the second win of the day for White God - its four-legged stars were awarded the quirky Palm Dog.

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