Sunday, May 22, 2011

Cannes Film Festival...Brad Pitt film wins Palme D'Or! Kirsten Dunst Best Actress!



In spite of the fact filmgoers booed the latest Brad Pitt flick ("The Tree of Life") at at screening at the Cannes Film Festival last week - the prestigious Festival honored the period drama - with the coveted Palm D'Or.

Although Mr. Pitt attended the exotic seaside celebration in Southern France, the elusive star was not in attendance when the heady news was announced Sunday afternoon.

The forty-something heartthrob jetted over off to Hollywood over the weekend to attend Angelina Jolie's Kung Fu Panda 2 premiere.

"Tree of Life" was directed by Terrence Malick - and also stars another Hollywood heavyweight - Sean Penn.

Kirsten Durst was a big winner, too, when she was named Best Actress.

Robert De Niro headed up the Cannes Film Festival selection jury this year, which also included two other high-profile stars - Uma Thurman and Jude Law - on the celebrated panel.

The Festival was not without controversy this year.

Director Lars von Trier was barred from Cannes Film Festival events on the heels of uttering of Nazi and Hitler comments which didn't sit well with guests of the annual event.

At another press conference for a documentary on the BP Oil crisis, Peter Fonda fessed up to media hounds present, that he fired off an e-mail to President Barack Obama this past week, in which he labelled the President a "fu**ing traitor".


Palme d’Or

“The Tree of Life”
 by Terrence Malick

Grand Prix
“The Kid with a Bike” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Prix de la Mise en Scene
Best Director
Nicolas Winding Refn for “Drive”

Prix du Scenario
Best Screenplay
Joseph Cedar for “Hearat Shulayim”

Camera d’Or
Best First Feature
“Las Acacias” by Pablo Gorgelli

Prix du Jury
 Jury Prize
“Polisse” by Maiwenn

Prix d’interpretation feminine
Best Actress
Kirsten Dunst for “Melancholia”

Prix d’interpretation masculine
Best Actor
Jean Dujarin
“The Artist”

Palme d’Or
Short film
“Cross Country”
Directed by Marina Viroda