Director Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life won the Cannes Film Festival’s top honour on Sunday: the coveted Palme d’Or award.
The family drama, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, split critics when it was screened earlier this month – it was equally cheered and booed during its Cannes premiere.
Kirsten Dunst was awarded Best Actress for her turn in Danish director Lars von Trier‘s Melancholia.
Von Trier was deemed persona non grata at the festival last week after his rambling remarks during a press conference about how he defended Hitler.
Main prize winners:
Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) for best film
The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick
Grand Prix runner-up prize
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and The Kid With A Bike directed by Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
Joseph Cedar for Footnote
Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Polisse directed by Maiwenn
Camera d’Or (Golden Camera) for best first feature
Las Acacias directed by Pablo Giorgelli
Watch the Tree Of Life trailer below: