Tree Of Life Wins Palme d'Or At Cannes

By Mack Rawden 2011-05-22 14:43:47discussion comments
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Like most people who saw it, I hadnít the slightest idea how to respond to the trailer for Tree Of Life. Grandiose and larger than life, yet firmly domesticated, Terrence Malickís sixth directorial effort honestly looked like a mess. Casting its net over multiple generations and employing language about ways of nature and ways of grace, I was firmly convinced Tree Of Life may have bit off more than it could chew. Turns out my assumptions were probably wrong.

Tree Of Life has just taken home the Palme díOr during the closing ceremonies at the Cannes Film Festival. The surprise decision was announced in French by this yearís head judge Robert De Niro, climaxing a night of surprises that included a Best Actress win for Kirsten Dunst in Lars Von Trierís Melancholia.

In addition to Malickís Tree Of Life and Dunstís work in Melancholia, director Nicolas Winding Refn was also honored for helming Drive, an upcoming Ryan Gosling-led thriller. French actor Jean Dujardin won best male lead for Artist, and Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and The Kid With A Bike tied for the Grand Prix.

So, what does this mean? Well, regardless of whether or not it won, Malickís Tree Of Life was likely to be seen based on Brad Pitt and Sean Pennís bylines. This will only increase the hype. In addition, Drive should get a nice bump in the number of theaters it debuts in from its directorís win, and the studio behind Kirsten Dunstís Melancholia might seriously push her for Oscar consideration.
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