The Jury headed by Robert De Niro
The controversy filled 2011 Cannes Film Festival ended yesterday with a Palme d'Or for Terrence Malick's much talked about "The Tree of Life." The eleven day (May 11 -22) festival of World Cinema also saw Jodie Foster's bizarre "The Beaver" starring Mel Gibson, Michel Hazanavicius' surprising black & white silent movie "The Artist," Lynne Ramsay's dark drama "We Need to Talk About Kevin," as well as "18 Days," 10 short films about the Egyptian revolution (that just happened 3 months ago), which resulted in the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. But the biggest controversy involved a formal statement by the board of directors of the Festival declaring Lars von Tier persona non grata at Cannes, after the director openly declared (in a press conference) that he was a Nazi and was glad that he was not of Jewish heritage.
Here is a list of the 2011 Awardees:
Palme d'Or - "The Tree of Life" by Terence Malick
Grand Prix - "Once Upon A Time in Anatolia" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "The Kid with a Bike" by Jean Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Best Director - Nicolas Winding Refn for "Drive"
Jury Prize - "Poliss" by Maiwenn
Best Actor - Jean Dujardin in "The Artist"
Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst in "Melancholia"
Best Screenplay - Joseph Cedar for "Footnote"
Palme d'Or for Short Film - "Las Acacias by Pablo Giogelli
Jury Prize - "Badpakje 46" by Wannes Destroop
Camera d'Or - "Las Acacias"
--Picture courtesy of the Los Angeles Times. Trailer from YouTube.com