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Inside the 2011 Cannes Film Festival: Tree of Life Wins Palme

Thierry Frémaux finally got his wish (to show The Tree of Life) and now, he can return the gift to Malick with the Palme d’Or. The jury headed by president Robert De Niro (with fellow juries Jude Law, Uma Thurman, Martina Gusmán, Nansun Shi, Linn Ullmann, Olivier Assayas, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Johnnie To) thought highly of films that were top rated among our Cannes Critics Panel. Here’s the list of winners in full:

Palme D’Or: The Tree of Life by Terrence Malick
Grand Prix: (Tie)
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan
The Kid With a Bike by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne
Award for Best Director: Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
Jury Prize: Poliss by Maiwenn
Award for Best Actor: Jean Dujardin in The Artist
Award for Best Actress: Kirsten Dunst in Melancholia
Award for Best Screenplay: Joseph Cedar for Footnote

Short Films – Palme d’Or
Cross-Country by Maryna Vroda
Jury Prize: Badpakje 46 (Swimsuit 46) by Wannes Destoop

Camera d’Or: Las Acacias by Pablo Giorgelli

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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