The Tree of Life Wins 2011 Golden Palm at Cannes
    2011-05-23 03:09:58     Xinhua       Web Editor: Zheng

Brad Pitt in the film "The Tree of Life" [Photo: douban.com]

"The Tree of Life" by American director Terrence Malick has won the 2011 Golden Palm (Palme d'Or), the most prestigious award of the 64th Cannes International Film Festival ending on Sunday night.

Starred by Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, the classic movie tells a story went back to the 1950's and featured the life of the eldest son of a Midwestern family who tries to find answers to the meaning of life and the relation with God through shots from the innocence of childhood to and disillusioned adult years.

Director Malick said he has conceived the script for 30 years before realizing it through the movie reflecting a life in 2 hours and 18 minutes.

The Best Director Award was granted to Denmark director Nicholas Winding Refn for "Drive".

U.S. veteran actress Kirsten Dunst took home the Best Actress Award for "Melancholia", and Jean Dujardin won best actor for "The Artist".

The Jury Prize went to French director Maiwenn for her film " Polisse", and the Grand Prize was shared by films "Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da" ("Once upon a time in Anatolia") by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and "Le Gamin au Velo"("The Kid with a Bike") directed by Jean- Pierre et Luc Dardenne.

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