|Opening film Grace of Monaco|
Location Cannes, France
Hosted by Lambert Wilson
|Closing film A Fistful of Dollars|
|Awards Palme d'Or (Winter Sleep)|
The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 14 to 25 May 2014. New Zealand film director Jane Campion was the head of the jury for the main competition section. The Palme d'Or was awarded to the Turkish film Winter Sleep directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.
- In competition
- Un Certain Regard
- Out of competition
- Short films
- International Critics Week Semaine de la Critique
- Directors Fortnight Quinzaine des Ralisateurs
- Cannes Classics
- Main competition
- Cinfondation and short films
- Camra dor
- International Critics Week
- Queer Palm section
- Official selection
- Parallel sections
- Independent awards
The festival opened with the long delayed Grace of Monaco, directed by Olivier Dahan and starring Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, which played out of competition. The restored 4K version of Sergio Leone's 1964 western A Fistful of Dollars, served as the closing night film. Due to European Parliament elections taking place on 25 May 2014, the winner of the Palme d'Or was announced on 24 May, and the winning film in the Un Certain Regard section announced on 23 May. The festival poster featured Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni from Federico Fellini's 1963 film 8½, which was presented in the 1963 Cannes Film Festival's Official Selection, within the Out of Competition section.
The Official Selection of films for the 2014 festival, including the line-up for the Main Competition, was announced on 17 April 2014. French actor Lambert Wilson hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
The films announced to compete for the Palme d'Or were named at the Cannes press conference on 17 April 2014.
Un Certain Regard
Party Girl, directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, was selected as the opening film in the Un Certain Regard section.
Out of competition
The following films were screened out of competition:
Out of 3,450 submissions, the following films were selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d'Or. Italian film A passo d'uomo by Giovanni Aloi was removed from the selection because Aloi broke the regulations for the selection.
The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools. The following 16 entries (14 fiction films and 2 animation films) were selected, out of more than 1,631 submissions from 320 different schools. Half of the films selected have been directed by women.
International Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique)
The line-up for the International Critics' Week was announced on 21 April at the section's website. FLA, directed by Djinn Carrénard, and Hippocrate, directed by Thomas Lilti, were selected as the opening and closing films of the Semaine de la Critique section.
Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs)
The line-up for the Directors' Fortnight was announced on 22 April. Girlhood, directed by Céline Sciamma, and Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus, were selected as the opening and closing films of the Directors' Fortnight section.
The line-up for the Cannes Classics section was announced on 4 April 2014. Italian actress Sophia Loren was announced as the guest of honour.
The full jury for the Main Competition was announced on 28 April 2014:
Un Certain Regard
The full jury for the Un Certain Regard section was announced on 11 May 2014:
Cinéfondation and short films
International Critics' Week
Queer Palm section
Winter Sleep became the first Turkish film to win the Palme d'Or since Yol won in 1982. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan called the win "a great surprise for me" and dedicated the win to the youth of Turkey as the country undergoes political turmoil and to the victims of the Soma mine disaster. Prior to the start of Cannes, Winter Sleep was considered the favorite to win the Palme d'Or, but when it was shown it met with mixed critical reaction. Some found it to be too long (at 3 hours 16 minutes, it was the longest film at the festival) and difficult to finish, while others called it a great revelation. The jury, however, loved the film. Jury president Jane Campion said "If I had the guts to be as honest about his characters as this director is, I'd be very proud of myself."
Winter Sleep is the story of Mr. Aydin (played by Haluk Bilginer), a former actor who now runs mountaintop hotel, and his failing marriage. Aydin sees himself as the region's kind ruler, intervening in the business of the towns people below the mountain. In reality, almost everyone, including his wife, dislikes Aydin. He has a pompous column in the local newspaper and is writing a book on history of the Turkish theatre. When the slow season approaches the guests depart, the fighting between Aydin, his wife, his sister who lives with him, and the village people begins. Conversations dominate the film as the inner workings of the characters are slowly revealed.
The runner-up Grand Prix award went to the rite-of-passage drama The Wonders. Julianne Moore won the best actress prize or her portrayal of a demented Hollywood diva in Maps to the Stars. Timothy Spall took the best actor prize for his portrayal of a marine painter in Mr. Turner. Bennett Miller was named as best director for his work on Foxcatcher. The Jury Prize was split between the drama Mommy and the drama Goodbye to Language.