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Sony celebrates Cannes Film Festival winners

Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan has won the Palme d'Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival for his film Winter Sleep, shot on a Sony CineAlta F65.

Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan (pictured) has won the Palme d’Or at the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival for his film Winter Sleep, with cinematography by Gökhan Tiryaki.

Shot on a Sony CineAlta F65, the film tells the story of a family running a hotel in the snowy Turkish mountains of Cappadocia.

“We made a comparison test before we started, and as soon as I saw the results I decided on the F65 as there was a huge difference with this camera. The F65 is the first time I’ve seen something better than 35mm,” said Ceylan.

“The resolution, the natural colours and especially the skin tones really appeal to me,” he added. “I thought 4K would give me more freedom to reframe images if required as the quality is so high. That freedom I think is very important to a filmmaker. The F65 is the best 4K camera around at the moment.”

Also at the Festival, for the La Semaine de la Critique award ceremony, The Jury, headed by the French director Rebecca Zlotowski, selected the short film A Ciambra (Young Lions of Gypsy) from director Jonas Carpignano as the winner of the Sony CineAlta Discovery prize.

Carpignano (Italian) realised Ressurrection man (2010), A Chjana (2011) and A Ciambra his third short film this year. He is currently shooting his first feature film in Italy.

“Sometimes a long or short film comes from nothing: the desire to shoot people, an everyday, without a script or funding to support the project. For Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra is one of those surprise work that has real soul. While the film is under the sign of the unexpected, made in urgency…” said Pierre-Simon Gutman, member of the short films selection committee.

Fabien Pisano, European marketing manager, congratulated the winner: “Sony is delighted to award Jonas Carpignano the Sony CineAlta Discovery prize. I was really moved by the authenticity and the dynamism of the story. La Semaine de la Critique is a unique opportunity to watch movies with this kind of fresh, personal vision. Sony has always been keen to encourage emerging talent in film production, so being here at Cannes at the heart of the movie industry is very important to us. We look to forward to returning next year.”