‘Tree of Life’ wins top Cannes Film Festival honor1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
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.