The curtain has fallen on the 64th International Cannes Film Festival – a fun-filled, if contentious edition of this most grande dame of film festivals.
The winners, please:
The Palme d’Or: The Tree of Life by director Terrence Malick
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The notoriously elusive director stayed away from the limelight during Cannes, not doing any press or interviews at all, so it was no surprise then, that he didn’t appear to accept the award. Producers Bill Pohlad and Dede Gardner accepted the award. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pohlad explained at the closing night dinner that Malick was back home in Austin, but was very excited -“he just likes to be private: that’s just his way.”
Best Actress – Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Best Actor – Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Best Director – Nicolas Winding Refn, for Drive
South African film Skoonheid didn’t score the Un Certain Regard Prix – that went to Korean director Kim Ki-duk who did everything in his film, from editing to starring in it. But the movie did pick up the Queer Palm, which is an award that’s given to films contributing to lesbian, bi, gay, or transgender issues. It’s not part of the official festival, but an honour nonetheless.