American director Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life", starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, has won the 2011 Golden Palm (Palme d'Or for the best film), the most prestigious award at the 64th Cannes International Film Festival that ended Sunday night.
The movie's story goes back to the 1950s and features the life of the eldest son of a family who tries to find answers to the meaning of life and the relationship with God. Malick said he conceived the script for 30 years before realising it through the movie that reflects a life in two hours and 18 minutes. Head jury judge Robert DeNiro said it was difficult to pick a winner from this year's contenders. But he said "The Tree of Life" had what he called the size and importance that fits the top prize!.
Terrence Malick was painfully shy to collect the award. 'Tonight I have to take the place of a giant. Terrence Malick is very shy and discreet'. 'The Tree Of Life' was a long journey, but it was all worth it. I would like to thank especially the Festival de Cannes," Producer Bill Pohlad said after receiving the prize from actress Jane Fonda.
|Tree of Life stars Brad Pitt, Shaun Penn and Jessica Chastain|
|Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Shaun Penn|
|Director Terrence Malick|
|Producer Bill Pohlad received the Palm d'Or award from Jane Fonda (on behalf of Director Terrence Malick)|