CANNES, France — “Winter Sleep” was awarded the Palme d’Or on Saturday, bestowing the Cannes Film Festival’s top honor on an intimate, wintry epic set on Turkey’s Anatolian steppe.

In accepting the award, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan alluded to anti-government protests in Istanbul that began a year ago and have raged following a recent mining disaster that killed hundreds. “I want to dedicate the prize to the young people in Turkey and those who lost their lives during the last year,” said Ceylan.

Julianne Moore won best actress for her performance in David Cronenberg’s dark Hollywood satire “Maps to the Stars.” Best actor went to Timothy Spall, who stars as British painter J.M.W. Turner in Mike Leigh’s biopic “Mr. Turner.”

– From news service reports