Writer-director Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life,” the year’s most anticipated and buzzed about film, won the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or Sunday night. The award is the festival’s highest honor.
“He remains infamously and notoriously shy and humble,” said producer William Pohlad, who accepted in Malick’s stead with producer DeDe Gardner. “But he is very happy to get this.”
Led by president Robert De Niro the jury also included Uma Thurman and Jude Law.
Fellow American Kirsten Dunst won best actress for her performance in Lars von Trier’s apocalyptic drama “Melancholia.”
Other big winners included Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn for “Drive,” Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar, who won best screenplay for “Footnote,” and Jean Dujardin who won best actor for his role in “The Artist,” set in 1920s Hollywood.
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