Malick's Tree of Life Wins Palme d'Or
Kirsten Dunst takes top acting prize for Von Trier film
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 22, 2011 3:48 PM CDT
Kirsten Dunst gestures to the crowd as she goes to accept the Best Actress award for the film Melancholia at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 22, 2011.    (Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – Terrence Malick's expansive drama The Tree of Life won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival today, while Kirsten Dunst took the best-actress prize for the apocalyptic saga Melancholia. The Palme d'Or prize was accepted by two Tree of Life producers for the notoriously press-shy Malick, who has 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 movie press conference. Von Trier was not allowed to attend the ceremony. Click for more on the Von Trier drama or the audience reaction to Tree of Life (hint: not so good).