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Cannes: Festival favorite enjoys L.A. ties
Cannes: Festival favorite enjoys L.A. ties

— Writer-director Terrence Malick wasn't there to accept it, but "The Tree of Life," his ambitious and long-anticipated examination of what it all means, won the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or on Sunday night. "He remains infamously and notoriously shy and humble," said producer William Pohlad, who accepted the festival's top award on Malick's behalf with producer Dede Gardner. "But he is very happy to get this." The film opens in the U.S. on Friday. It was a strong night for Americans and American-influenced films in general. Kirsten Dunst won best actress for Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" even though the...