Palme d’Or for Malick’s fascinating The Tree of Life

Article published on May 25, 2011
Article published on May 25, 2011
It comes as no surprise that the Palme d’Or of the 64th Cannes Festival has been awarded to The Tree of Life by American director Terrence Malick who, as expected, did not accept his prize in person. Malick’s ambitious film set itself apart for its mysticism and masterful mise-en-scene. Yet while the festival’s top prize is goes to America, Europe was no by no means excluded from the awards.

The Grand Prix is shared by Belgian film The Kid with a Bike by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne and Once Upon a Time in Anatolie by Turkey’s Nuri Bilge Ceylan who admitted that he thought his film, presented at the end of the festival, would have been too heavy for the exhausted jury. For the Dardennes, it is their fifth award at Cannes in 12 years at the festival – something they can truly be happy about.

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