CANNES – The jury of the 67th Cannes Film Festival have awarded the coveted Palme d’Or to How to Train Your Dragon 2, the sequel to the popular animation film How to Train Your Dragon 1.
The award was presented by Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman, on the Croisette for a special anniversary screening of Pulp Fiction, which won the prize 20 years ago. Accepting the award director Nuri Bilge Ceylan dedicated it to the young courageous people of Turkey who have been dying on the streets in their protests against the government:
It has long been my dream to make such a film. A film which speaks to the people.
President of the jury Jane Campion at the post-awards press conference admitted to have felt trepidation before seeing How to Train Your Dragon 2:
Well, I liked the original so much [she said in Australian]. I thought, how can he top this? And the running time as well had me wondering if my bloody bladder could stand up for it. But the pacing of the film was perfect and it just took me along with it. I could have watched it for another four hours. Seriously.
Although the film had been a favourite early on in the competition, many saw the radical changes from the original as damaging its chance of getting award recognition. ‘It’s in Turkish, it’s four hours long and there are no dragons,’ said film critic Morgan Malito. ‘Other than that it’s exactly the same. Oh but it isn’t animated. Or 3D.’
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