Tree of Life Grabs The Palme d’Or

Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” has won the coveted Palme d’Or, the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival which was awarded last night. The Fox Searchlight film is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters in limited release this Friday.

The Grand Prix award (the second-most prestigious prize) was split between Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid With a Bike” and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia”.

A special Jury Prize also went to French director Maiwenn’s ensemble drama “Polisse”.

French actor Jean Dujardin scored Best Actor for “The Artist” while Kirsten Dunst won best actress for “Melancholia”.

Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn took the best director prize for his retro car thriller “Drive” starring Ryan Gosling which hits theatres in September.

Joseph Cedar’s script for the father-son drama “Footnote” won screenplay honours, and Pablo Giorgelli’s “Las Acacias” won the Camera d’Or for best first film.