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Saturday 18 November 2017

Timothy Spall wins big in Cannes for 'Mr Turner' role

Kitty Knowles

British actor Timothy Spall won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival last night, for his role as the eccentric British artist in 'Mr Turner', directed by Mike Leigh.

Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her performance as the crazed Hollywood dame in David Cronenberg's 'Maps to the Stars'.

And the bookies' favourite, 'Winter Sleep' – a Turkish film by director Nuri Bilge Ceylan – won the prestigious Palme d'Or.

Best Screenplay, meanwhile, was taken by Andrei Zvyagintsev for the hauntingly shot 'Leviathan' – a documentary about the north Atlantic fishing trade.

The Palme d'Or contenders included 'Leviathan', with fierce competition from veteran filmmakers, including director Jean-Luc Godard, with 'Goodbye to Language', and the Belgian Dardenne brothers with 'Two Days, One Night' (featuring a standout performance by Marion Cotillard). (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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