Cannes Winner Takes Berlin's World Cinema Prize

'Winter Sleep,' Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Competition)

The marathon title in this year's competition. Clocking in at three hours and 15 minutes, Ceylan's latest slow-burning drama will not be for the faint of heart, but the Turkish auteur has proven in the past he can deliver the goods. His last Cannes competition entry, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, won the 2011 Jury Grand Prix (an honor he also took in 2002 for Distant) and his 2008 feature Three Monkeys won Ceylan the director's prize. Many think Ceylan is overdue for the Palme d'Or and Winter Sleep might be the film to give it to him. 

Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'Winter Sleep' is Turkey's candidate for the best foreign-language film Oscar

Winter Sleep, the slow-paced relationship drama from Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, has added another trophy to its awards haul.

The feature, which won the Palme d'Or in Cannes this year, took best film at Berlin's Around the World in 14 Films festival, an art house fest celebrating foreign-language titles.

The festival jury, made up of Game of Thrones actress Sibel Kekilli, Iranian director Ayat Najafi (Football Under Cover) and German film critic Andreas Kilb, picked Winter Sleep for the festival's top honor.

The drama, which traces the slow unraveling of a marriage, is Turkey's official entry for best foreign-language film for this year's Oscar race. Winter Sleep is also among the five best film nominees for the European Film Awards, which will be handed out in Riga, Latvia next week.

Adopt Films picked up U.S. rights to Winter Sleep and is planning a limited release of the film in mid-December.

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