THE TREE OF LIFE Wins the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Festival

     May 22, 2011


The 2011 Cannes Film Festival award winners were announced today, and I’m excited about just how many are already set for American distribution.  Despite mixed (yet still reverent) buzz for Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life took home the Palme d’Or (Cannes’ top honor) before it hits theaters on May 27.  Likewise, Kirsten Dunst overcame the controversy Lars Von Trier inflicted on Melancholia to win Best Actress; Magnolia acquired the film in February.  Nicolas Winding Refn won Best Director for Drive, scheduled for release on September 16 courtesy of FilmDistrict.  Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for his role in The Artist — you wouldn’t expect a silent black-and-white French film to be a hot commodity, but The Weinstein Company picked up The Artist for release later this year.  And Sundance Selects will bring us The Kid with a Bike, the latest from the Dardenne brothers, after it tied with Once Upon a Time in Anatolia for the Grand Prix (the runner-up prize to the Palme d’Or).

It sounds like a good year for Cannes, yielding a bountiful crop that we’ll all be able to experience soon enough.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Palme d’Or
The Tree Of Life — Director: Terrence Malick

Grand Prix (tie)
The Kid with a Bike — Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia — Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best Director
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive

Best Actor
Jean Dujardin for The Artist

Best Actress
Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia

Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar for Footnote

Jury Prize
Polisse — Director: Maïwenn

Best First Film
Las Acacias — Director: Pablo Giorgelli

Short Film Palme d’Or
Cross-Country — Director: Maryna Vroda


  • Junierizzle

    Lokks like TREE OF LIFE will be a love it or hate it flick.

    • Traffick

      I hope it doesn’t have all that shitty poetry narration. Seriously Mallick’s voice-overs in the Thin Red Line totally ruined if for me. Film portrays poetry through visual and aural elements, not literature. So the minute I hear some pretentious nondiegetic voice reciting shit poems during a montage of scenes I’m gonna stop watching.

  • felliniboy

    looks like Tree of Life is one of those movies that i’ll be seeing alone in a theatre. to bad it probably won’t be release here in the philippines for at least march next year.

    btw, i saw the clip from Drive at IMDB. totally badass. plus the cast is terrific(i mean terrific). might be a great genre film in the making. now i have to watch Nicolas Winding Refn’s Bronson since i have to reasons now. the other one is to see Hardy’s performances that some are calling Bane-like

  • Merson

    It is unfortunate that Tree of Life is only getting a limited release and that we won’t find out how it would have done commercially if released nationwide. It has an interesting cast and it would have been interesting to see how a smaller film for Brad Pitt and Sean Penn would do commercially.

    My favourite Brad Pitt movie is Meet Joe Black (1998). It is an underappreciated and underrated classic. Everyone should watch this epic drama at least once in their life. It should have been much more critically and commercially successful and won a truckload of Oscars.

    • danielplainview

      interesting. you know, one of these days i’ll finally be able to watch that film. the only thing that is attracting me to watch it is DP Emmanuel Lubezski(which i love). for me though, it’s Assasination of Jesse James. it’s almost like a Malick-an film. i love Casey Affleck’s performance, but after much thought, and few repeat viewings, Brad Pitt’s performance seems like equally as powerful, if not more so.

      still though, Basterds is just so bloody entertaining that it rivals Jesse James. and i came to love Pitt’s cartoonish performance in that film.

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