A festival that started off slow but gained in momentum and drama drew to a close tonight with “The Tree of Life”, Terrence Malick’s stunning meditation on memory and childhood, winning the coveted Palme d’Or.
The end of the festival brought two revelations: a haunting Turkish police procedural and a glorious French musical screened out of competition. But if I could pick the prize-winners, here's who would be bringing home the glory.
An underwhelming competition picked up major steam with the festival's most hotly anticipated film, Terrence Malick's bold, beautiful "The Tree of Life" -- cue obnoxious booing at this morning's press screening.
Far from the red carpet, there are the lesser-known actors who come to Cannes to hustle up contacts and self-promote. We caught up with 30-year-old Tony Mpoudja, who told us about his experience as a black actor in France's very white film industry.
After a disappointing 2010 edition, hopes are high for Cannes 2011 -- especially since the official competition selection announced last week looks promising. Here are some initial observations, gripes, and pleasant surprises.