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“Tree of Life” Wins Palme d’Or in Cannes

"Tree of Life" Wins Palme d'Or in Cannes

Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” took the Palme d’Or Sunday night in Cannes, though the notoriously shy director did not take to the stage to accept the prize. The Dardennes’ “The Kid with a Bike” shared the Grand Prix with “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Nicolas Winding Refn won the Best Director prize for “Drive.”

Kirsten Dunst thanked Lars von Trier in one memorable moment at the ceremony after taking her Best Actress award, adding, “what a week it’s been,” referring to the firestorm over von Trier’s controversial comments at a press conference earlier in the festival.

The Full List of the 2011 Festival de Cannes Winners:

Palme d’Or:
“The Tree of Life”: by Terrence Malick

Grand Prix (Tie):
“The Kid with a Bike” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Prix de la Mise en Scene (best director):
Nicolas Winding Refn for “Drive”

Prix du Scenario (best screenplay):
Joseph Cedar for “Hearat Shulayim” (Footnote)

Camera d’Or (best first feature):
“Las Acacias” by Pablo Gorgelli

Prix du Jury (jury prize):
“Polisse” by Maiwenn

Prix d’interpretation feminine (best actress):
Kirsten Dunst for “Melancholia”

Prix d’interpretation masculine:
Jean Dujarin, “The Artist”

Palme d’Or (short film):
“Cross Country,” directed by Marina Viroda

Check out the winners for Un Certain Regard here.

Check out Critics Week winners here.

Related indieWIRE reviews:

“The Tree of Life”

The Kid with a Bike”


“The Artist”


“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”



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can i see some movies from the cannes festival

Shoot the Critic

I’m happy for Malick, who — despite his faults — is still a very talented, deserving director.
I’m also glad that Kirsten Dunst thanked her director and didn’t let all the bad hype around him change the fact that he gave her probably the most dynamic and demanding role she’s ever had (in probably the most challenging movie she’s ever been in).
Cannes seemed pretty uneventful otherwise.
– Shoot the Critic,


i prefer Dardenne brothers’s movie rather than Malick’s .
and according to ” Radu” ‘s comment i really enjoy the jury’s choice about Kirsten Dunst .


Glad to see the scandal with Lars von Trier didn’t affect Kirsten Dunst’s chances at the prize. It’s really good she won. Also, I’m pretty excited about the directing award for “Drive”, can’t wait to see that movie!

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