Date: 23rd May 2011

Pitt's Tree triumphs at Cannes

Brad Pitt's new movie Tree of Life, The (2011) has grown on Cannes Film Festival judges - it has won the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film.

The movie, directed by Terrence Malick, follows the fortunes of two young boys brought up by a strict, brutal and demanding father - played by Pitt.

The film divided critics at Cannes when it debuted last week, garnering boos and lacklustre applause from the audience, but triumphed on Sunday.

Kirsten Dunst took home the Best Actress award for her role in Melancholia (2011) - the film in competition from director Lars von Trier, who was banned from the festival after joking that he was a Nazi and "understood" Hitler.

Dunst sat next to von Trier as he made his controversial comments at a press conference and clearly looked uncomfortable.

The 29-year-old, whose career has ranged from Woody Allen to the blockbuster "Spider Man" franchise, was feted at the Palais des Festivals for her role as Justine in controversial Danish director Lars von Trier's "Melancholia."

In 2006 she had to endure boos from French critics at a Cannes screening in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette," in which her performance in the title role clearly did not live up to Gallic expectations.

Source: Press Release



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