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

(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.

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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).

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