Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ wins top honor at Cannes

In this publicity image released by Fox Searchlight films, Brad Pitt, left, and Laramie Eppler are shown in a scene from &quotThe Tree of Life."
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In this publicity image released by Fox Searchlight films, Brad Pitt, left, and Laramie Eppler are shown in a scene from "The Tree of Life."
Posted May 22, 2011, at 2:16 p.m.
Last modified May 22, 2011, at 4:09 p.m.

CANNES, France — Terrence Malick’s expansive drama “The Tree of Life” has won the top honor at the Cannes Film Festival, while Kirsten Dunst took the best-actress prize for the apocalyptic saga “Melancholia.”

The prize was accepted Sunday by two “Tree of Life” producers for the press-shy Malick, who skipped all public events at the glamorous Cannes festival.

Dunst won for her role in the end-of-the-world tale “Melancholia,” whose director, Denmark’s Lars von Trier, was banned from the festival after sympathetic remarks for Adolf Hitler at a press conference.

Jean Dujardin claimed the best-actor prize for the silent film “The Artist,” in which he plays a 1920s Hollywood star whose career crumbles as talking pictures gain.

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