Cannes 2011: THE TREE OF LIFE Wins Palme d'Or

Ben Umstead, East Coast Editor
Well here we are, already at the end of Cannes, and Terrence Malick's The Tree Of Life has been bestowed with the festival's top honor. And one wouldn't have thought it possible at a fest like Cannes, but Nicolas Winding Refn has gone and won himself best director for his forthcoming thriller Drive.

The Grand Prix (AKA second place) was split down its creamy golden center with Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and The Dardenne Bros.' latest The Kid With A Bike tying. This year's jury was a mixed bunch, if leaning on the Hollywood side with Robert Deniro leading, Uma Thurman, Jude Law, plus Ingmar's daughter, Linn Ullmann,  Hong Kong master, Johnnie To, Oliver Assayas and Mahamat Saleh Haroun.

Meanwhile, in Un Certain Regard, another tie with Kim Ki-Duk's Arirang and Andreas Dresen's Stopped On Track. The Special Jury Prize went to Andrey Zvyaginstev's Elena, while Mohammad Rasoulof won the directing prize for Goodbye. The jury was headed by Emir Kusturica.

And then over in Critic's Week, the top dog was Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter with Twitch favorite Michael Shannon. Sony Picture Classics already appears to be aiming this one for awards season with a stateside release in October. 

As I've stayed pretty spoiler free on all these (especially The Tree Of Life), and somewhat distant from the politics of Cannes this year (Ironic then that I find myself posting this news, then) I'll let you all start run with the commentary in the uh... comments.    

The full list of winner's follow.

Palme d'Or: "The Tree of Life" (Terrence Malick, U.S.)

Grand Prix (tie): ''Once Upon a Time in Anatolia'' (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) and ''The Kid With a Bike'' (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, France)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (''Drive,'' U.S.)

Jury prize: ''Polisse'' (Maiwenn, France)

Actor: Jean Dujardin ("The Artist," France)

Actress: Kirsten Dunst ("Melancholia," Denmark-Sweden-France-Germany)

Screenplay: Joseph Cedar ("Footnote," Israel)

UN CERTAIN REGARD JURY AWARDS

Main prize (tie): "Arirang" (Kim Ki-duk, South Korea) and "Stopped on Track" (Andreas Dresen, Germany)

Special jury prize: "Elena" (Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia)

Directing prize: Mohammad Rasoulof ("Goodbye,'' Iran)

OTHER MAIN JURY AWARDS

Camera d'Or: "Las acacias" (Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina-Spain)

Critics' Week Grand Prix: "Take Shelter" (Jeff Nichols, U.S.)

SHORT FILMS JURY PRIZES

Palme d'Or: "Cross" (Maryna Vroda)

Jury prize: "Swimsuit 46" (Wannes Destoop)

FIPRESCI AWARDS

Competition: "Le Havre" (Aki Kaurismaki, Finland-France)

Un Certain Regard: "The Minister" (Pierre Schoeller, France)

Directors' Fortnight: "Take Shelter" (Jeff Nichols, U.S.)

CINEFONDATION

First Prize: "Der Brief" (Doroteya Droumeva)

Second Prize: "Drari" (Kamal Lazraq)

Third Prize: "Fly by Night" (Son Tae-gyum)

ECUMENICAL PRIZE: "This Must Be the Place" (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy-France-Ireland)

PRIX VULCAIN TECHNICAL AWARDS

Winner: Jose Luis Alcaine ("The Skin I Live In," Spain)

Special mention: Joe Bini and Paul Davies ("We Need to Talk About Kevin," U.K.-U.S.)

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