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‘The Tree of Life’ Wins Palme d’Or at 2011 Cannes Film Festival

Written by on May 22, 2011 

Terrence Malick‘s The Tree of Life has picked up the coveted prize of Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The past ten winners were The Pianist, Elephant, Fahrenheit 9/11, L’enfant, The Wind That Shakes the Barley, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, The Class, The White Ribbon, and last year’s Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. Malick’s film also joins the ranks of classics like Pulp Fiction, Apocalypse Now, Taxi Driver, and La Dolce Vita. I personally found the film to be a masterpiece, well deserving of the award. Check out our full Cannes coverage here, and links to any reviews by clicking the film titles below.

The Palme d’Or winner: Terrence Malick‘s The Tree Of Life.
The Grand Prix: (Tie) The Dardenne’s The Kid With a Bike and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Drive
Best Actor: Jean Dujardin The Artist
Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst – Melancholia
Un Certain Regard Prize: (tie) Kim Ki-duk‘s Arirang; Andreas Dresen‘s Stopped on Track
Special Jury Prize: Andrei Zvyagintsev‘s Elena
Best Director: Mohammad RasoulofAu Revoir

FIPRESCI Prize (Competition): Aki Kaurismäki‘s Le Havre
FIPRESCI Prize (Un Certain Regard): Pierre Schoeller‘s The Minister
FIPRESCI Prize (Critics’ Week): Jeff NicholsTake Shelter
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury: Paolo Sorrentino‘s This Must Be the Place
Special Mentions: Aki Kaurismäki‘s Le Havre; Nadine Labaki’s Where Do We Go Now?
Queer Palme: Oliver HermanusSkoonheid

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