Sharmill Films is delighted to announce its acquisition of WINTER SLEEP, the winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Also acquired for Australian distribution is Swedish film FORCE MAJEURE (TURIST), winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category in Cannes.

Winter Sleep, directed by the masterful Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), also won the FIPRESCI prize awarded by the international critics. A “richly engrossing, ravishingly beautiful” and epic film, Winter Sleep is a Chekhovian meditation on marriage starring Haluk Bilginer and Melisa Sözen.

Executive Director of Sharmill Films, Natalie Miller AO, said she was thrilled that Winter Sleep was awarded the top prize in Cannes. “The film is a masterpiece,” she said.

“Winter Sleep was one of our two new acquisitions,” commented Miller. “We are thrilled to have the Scandinavian film Force Majeure, a disaster movie set in a ski lodge in the Swiss Alps, directed by Ruben Östlund. The winner of the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard category, it has received rave reviews from critics in Cannes.”


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