‘Tree of Life’ wins top Cannes Film Festival honor
Terrence Malick’s expansive drama “The Tree of Life” has won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival, while Kirsten Dunst took the best-actress prize for the apocalyptic saga “Melancholia.”
The prize was accepted Sunday by two “Tree of Life” producers for the press-shy Malick, who skipped all public events at the glamorous Cannes festival.
Dunst won for her role in the end-of-the-world tale “Melancholia,” whose director, Denmark’s Lars von Trier, was banned from the festival after sympathetic remarks for Adolf Hitler at a press conference.
Jean Dujardin claimed the best-actor prize for the silent film “The Artist,” in which he plays a 1920s Hollywood star whose career crumbles as talking pictures gain.
Saturday night, Cannes announced winners in a separate, secondary competition called Un Certain Regard, with South Korean director Kim Ki-Duk’s personal reflection “Arirang” and German filmmaker Andreas Dresen’s mortality drama “Stopped on Track” sharing the top prize.