Malick's "The Tree of Life" wins Palme d'Or at Cannes

Sun May 22, 2011 2:23pm EDT
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - U.S. director Terrence Malick's long-awaited film "The Tree of Life" won the Palme d'Or prize for best picture at the Cannes film festival on Sunday.

The award brought an end to the May 11-22 cinema showcase, where Danish director Lars Von Trier's shock expulsion for joking that he was a Nazi and Hitler sympathizer at a press conference overshadowed the event.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Nick Vinocur)

<p>Producer Bill Pohlad (L) poses next to actress Jane Fonda after receiving the Palme d'Or award for the film "The Tree of Life" by director Terrence Malick during the closing ceremony of the 64th Cannes Film Festival, May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>