"Tree of Life", Terrence Malick's recent film, which comes to theaters in limited release in the U.S. this Friday, won the coveted top prize, the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival. The writer/director is notoriously press-shy and did not accept the award in person but producers, William Polland and Dede Gardner received the prize on his behalf.
Other winners included Kirsten Dunst for Best Actress in Lars von Trier's film, "Melancholia". Mr. von Trier managed to get himself banned from the festival when he made a stupid joke about Hitler but luckily the jury did not take it out against his film.
Jean Dujardin won Best Actor for his role in the popular film, "The Artist" which is a silent movie about the coming of sound to film.
Nicolas Winding Reth won Best Director for his film, "Drive" which stars Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan.
Joseph Cedar of Israel was the winner for Best Screenplay for his film, "Footnote" which he also directed.
The Grand Jury Prize was split between the Belgium film, "The Kid With A Bike" and "Once Upon A Time In Anatolia" from Turkey.
Popular French actor, Jean-Paul Belmondo, now 78 years old and best known to Americans for the film, "Breathless", received a special Palme d'Or before a screening of a new documentary on his life and career, "Belmondo, Itineraire".