The Cannes Film Festival has come to a close following a glamorous, sometimes-controversial 12 days of celebrating film. The closing ceremony was held on Sunday in the French town when the jury announced the winners of the Palme d’Or and top acting honours. Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, which was received with a mix of cheers and boos at the screening, and stars Brad Pitt, Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain, won the Palme d’Or, though Brad and his co-stars weren’t on hand to accept the award. Kirsten Dunst won the best actress award for her role in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. “Wow, what a week it’s been,” she said during her speech in reference to the Danish director’s comments about Hitler (he was subsequently banned from the festival). She continued, “This is an honour that’s once in a lifetime. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for allowing the film to still be in competition.”
Keep reading for more photos and the rest of the winners . . .
French actor Jean Dujardin was awarded best actor for his role in The Artist, Nicolas Winding Refn took out best director for Drive (leading man Ryan Gosling gave him a kiss), best screenplay went to Joseph Cedar for Hearat Shulayim (Footnote), the Jury Prix was awarded to French film Polisse, and the Grand Prix was split between Gamin au vélo (The Kid With a Bike) and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.