And so Cannes is over for another year. There’s been the usual fashion highs and lows, a fabulous red carpet appearance from Brangelina, oh and also some very exciting looking films to look forward to. But who took away the prizes?
The coveted Palme D’Or went to Terence Mallick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn. The jury which was led by Robert De Niro, and featured the likes of Jude Law and Uma Thurman, is already under fire for the choice and being accused of playing it safe. The film initially received boos and whoops when it was first screened. Some have criticised the film, which tells the story of a family of three boys in the 1950s, for being far too confusing. On the other hand critic Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian has raved about the film, giving it five stars, saying it is a “unashamedly epic reflection on love and loss” and a “mad and magnificent film.” Either way it beat off the likes of The Artist, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Le Havre.
The award for Best Director went to Nicolas Winding Ref for his crime thriller Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. It tells the story of a Hollywood stunt performer who finds out a contract has been put on his life after a heist goes wrong.
Kirsten Dunst, who to be honest we had completely forgotten even existed, took home the award for Best Actress for her role in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Despite the director himself being banned from the festival for making controversial remarks about Adolf Hitler earlier in the week, Dunst who was clearly shocked by the comments said:
“He’s a great filmmaker who sometimes I feel should let his films speak for themselves.”
We agree, Kirsten. Anyway to round up the awards, Jean Dujardin took away Best Actor for his part in The Artist. The Kid With A Bike and Once Upon A Time In Anatolia directed by the Dardennes Brothers and Nuri Bilge Ceylan respectively shared the Grand Prix. The Jury Prize went to Polisse and the award for the best first film, Camera D’Or went to Las Acacias.
Below is a trailer for The Tree Of Life, so you can see what all the fuss is about for yourself.