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".
CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2011
“The Tree of Life”
by Terrence Malick
“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
Nicolas Winding Refn for “Drive”
Prix du Scenario
Joseph Cedar for “Hearat Shulayim”
Best First Feature
“Las Acacias” by Pablo Gorgelli
Prix du Jury
“Polisse” by Maiwenn
Prix d’interpretation feminine
Kirsten Dunst for “Melancholia”
Prix d’interpretation masculine
Directed by Marina Viroda