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Cannes Palme d’Or Winner ‘Winter Sleep’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Adopt Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner, Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Winter Sleep.”

Adopt is planning an awards-season release for the Turkish film at the end of the year.

Winter Sleep” centers on a former actor who has become a newspaper columnist and the owner/proprietor of a mountaintop hotel, his much younger wife, and his sister.

For Ceylan (pictured above), “Winter Sleep” is his fifth consecutive feature selected to compete in Cannes following 2002’s “Distant,” 2006’s “Climates,” 2008’s “Three Monkeys” and 2011’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”

“Winter Sleep” was co-written by Ceylan and his longtime writing partner and wife Ebru Ceylan. It stars Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sozen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan, Serhat Mustafa Kilic and Nejat Isler.

The film was produced by Zeynep Ozbatur Atakan.

Variety’s Justin Chang gave the film a strong review at Cannes, calling it “richly engrossing and ravishingly beautiful.”

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