Sunday, May 22, 2011

Americans take awards at Cannes

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 whosecareer crumbles as talking pictures gain.

Sources: Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Wrap, Review Journal, AP

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