“Tree of Life” Takes Top Prize at Cannes

Terrence Malick's deeply personal film starring Brad Pitt as a strict, but loving (in is way) father, won the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

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Writer-director Terrence Malick’s deeply personal film, Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, took the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The film looks at the timeless battle between grave and nature through the prism of a family in Waco, Texas. (Read our review)
The Gran Prix, the second most prestigious prize at Cannes, was split between to films, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, about a doctor living in the steppes of Turkey, and …
The Kid With a Bike, from Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, about an 11-year-old boy abandoned by his father who starts splitting his time between a hairdresser and a drug dealer.
Denmark’s Nicholas Winding Refn won the Best Director Award for his film Drive, which stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver/getaway driver who finds himself spending a little too much time with a married woman who lives in his building, played by Carey Mulligan.
Footnote, which tells the story of father-and-son Talmudic scholars caught in a bitter rivalry, won writer-director Joseph Cedar the Best Screenplay Award.
The Special Jury Prize went to writer-director-star Maïwenn Le Besco’s Polisse, about a journalist covering a juvenile police division, who begins an affair with one of her subjects.
Kirsten Dunst’s comeback got a boost with her Best Actress prize, for her work in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, about a woman at odds with her sister over the approach of a giant planet that threatens to destroy Earth.
Jean Dujardin was named Best Actor for his work in The Artist, a black-and-white silent film about an aging movie star who finds his career threatened by the advent of sound.
The Camera d’Or, which goes to the best first feature film, was awarded to Pablo Giorgelli’s Las Acacias, about the relationship that develops between a truck driver and a strange woman as they head across Argentina together.
Among films showing in Un Certain Regard, the Prize of Un Certain Regard was shared by Arirang by Kim Ki-duk and Stopped on Track by Andreas Dresen, the Special Jury Prize went to Elena from Andrey Zvyagintsev, and the Directing Prize was awarded to Mohammad Rasoulov for Goodbye, above.
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