You could see it coming a mile and it has happened Terrence Malick’s TREE OF LIFE has won this years Palm D’or at this years 64TH Cannes Film Festival. The movie starring Brad Pitt as an domineering father set in 1950’s with Sean Penn playing the son as an adult and you expect the movie to be greeted with great excitement as Malick’s films are rare occasions (this is his fifth movie) but the premiere ended up been greeted by a wall of jeers, cheers and boos.
Reading the festival reviews its been a 80-20 balance against the movie which is leaving people scratching their heads in confusion but not surprised as sadly at times a filmmaker’s reputation is more judged rather than the qaulity of the actual movie. It makes you wonder what a film maker must do to win the elusive award when a movie whic has been described as a pointless mess with cgi dinosaurs in it but the French panel headed by Robert De Niro deemed the movie fitting for the big prize.
“It seemed to have the size, the importance, the tension to fit the prize.” said De Niro further saying “Few films are 100%, But most of us thought it was great.”
The Tree Of Life producers Bill Pohlad & Dede Gardner collected the award on Malick’s behalf who hasn’t done a interview since 1974 but secretly the director did sneak into the movie’s premiere to check the audiences reaction.
Other big winners on the night where for Nicholas Winding Refn’s who bagged best director for Drive, Kirsten Dunst won best actress for her part in Melancholia and Jean Dujardin won the best actor for The Artist. Scottish director Lynn Ramsay( We need to talk about Kevin), Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar The Skin I live in both expected to pick something both left empty handed but Once Upon A Time In Anatolia and The Kid With A Bike joint winner for the Grand Prix.
This Friday American movie fans will get that chance to check out THE TREE OF LIFE when the movie goes on general release as for here in UK & Ireland the movie was already meant to be out (May 4th) by due to legal issues that threaten the movies UK distributor Icon Film the actual release date is up in the air. No one knows when it will come out possibly Autumn time but there so many rumours going around with one saying it could be as early as 2012 before it sees light here which hopefully wont be the case but it’ll all boil down to the court case to settle the issue.
UN CERTAIN REGARD:
Prize of Un Certain Regard Ex-aequo
Arirang ( Kim Ki-Duk)
Stopped On Track (Andreas Dresen)
Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
Elena (Andrey Zvyagintsev)
Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard
Be Omid E Didar (Mohammad Rasoulof)
Palme d’Or – The Tree Of Life (Terrence Malick)
Award for Best Director – Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive)
Award for Best Screenplay – Joseph Cedar Hearat ShuLayim (Footnote)
Award for Best Actress – Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia )
Award for Best Actor – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)
Jury Prize – Poliss directed by Maiwenn
Grand Prix – Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan) joint winners with with The Kid with a Bike (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne)
source : The Guardian