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Tree of Life, Kirsten Dunst big winners at the Cannes Film Festival

May. 23, 2011by: Mike Sampson
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Hollywood was a big winner at this year's Cannes Film Festival with Fox Searchlight's THE TREE OF LIFE taking home the Palme d'Or and Kirsten Dunst winning Best Actress for her role in Lars von Trier's MELANCHOLIA. Terrence Malick's latest film, which stars Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, divided critics both here and in Cannes, but the Hollywood heavy jury - Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman and Jude Law were all members - felt it had the right stuff.

The Best Actress win was a return to form for the once-promising Dunst who has only appeared in two films since 2007's SPIDER-MAN 3. The actress, who suffered from depression and entered rehab in 2008, sparked to Von Trier's meditation on the end of the world (a rather thinly veiled metaphor for depression), and by all accounts gave the best performance of her career.

Accolades aside, Dunst's win was still a shock as many thought Tilda Swinton's performance in the heavily buzzed WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN was not only the best performance at Cannes but an early frontrunner for this year's Oscars.

Other notable wins were Nicolas Winding-Refn who won Best Director for the Ryan Gosling thriller DRIVE. The film was once set to be distributed in the US by Universal but was dropped and later picked up by FilmDistrict who will release later this year.

Below is a full list of winners from this year's Cannes Film Festival.Palme d'Or: THE TREE OF LIFE

Grand Prix (tie): ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA and THE KID WITH A BIKE

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn (DRIVE)

Jury Prize: Polisse (MAIWENN)

Actor: Jean Dujardin (THE ARTIST)

Actress: Kirsten Dunst (MELANCHOLIA)

Screenplay: Joseph Cedar (FOOTNOTE)

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

Palme d'Or, short films: "Cross" (Maryna Vroda)

Source: JoBlo.com

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2:29AM on 05/24/2011

About time Refn was recognized

Can't wait for Drive and Melancholia, good to see Dunst back considering how she bombed with Marie Antoinette in Cannes
Can't wait for Drive and Melancholia, good to see Dunst back considering how she bombed with Marie Antoinette in Cannes
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5:06PM on 05/23/2011
Tree of Life is going to be amazing.
Tree of Life is going to be amazing.
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3:46PM on 05/23/2011
Concerning the Jury Prize, POLISSE is the movie and Maiwenn is the director. (it seems you've mistaken?)
Concerning the Jury Prize, POLISSE is the movie and Maiwenn is the director. (it seems you've mistaken?)
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1:22PM on 05/23/2011
excited to see Tree of Life..love Malick..I also heard that Michael Shannon movie Take Shelter won a top critics prize
excited to see Tree of Life..love Malick..I also heard that Michael Shannon movie Take Shelter won a top critics prize
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11:20AM on 05/23/2011
stupid double post
stupid double post
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11:20AM on 05/23/2011
WOW..it took 27 years for Once Upon a Time In America to win the Grand Prix?? That's amazing!
WOW..it took 27 years for Once Upon a Time In America to win the Grand Prix?? That's amazing!
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10:29AM on 05/23/2011

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It's "Once upon a time in ANATOLIA", not "in America" that won the combined Grand Prix.

Also, could someone on JoBlo make an article with the trailer for "The Artist" which looks absolutely lush - and scored Best Actor at Cannes -, and comes from the creative team that made both OSS 117 films in France ? Many thanks :)
It's "Once upon a time in ANATOLIA", not "in America" that won the combined Grand Prix.

Also, could someone on JoBlo make an article with the trailer for "The Artist" which looks absolutely lush - and scored Best Actor at Cannes -, and comes from the creative team that made both OSS 117 films in France ? Many thanks :)
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