Annal: 2011 Festival de Cannes Jury Awards for Feature Films

Results of the Festival de Cannes in the year 2011.

Film:The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick

The Tree of Life is the impressionistic story of a Midwestern family in the 1950’s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. Through Terrence Malick’s signature imagery, we see how both brute nature and spiritual grace shape not only our lives as individuals and families, but all life.

Film:The Kid with a Bike

The Kid with a Bike: (Le gamin au vélo)

Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Cyril, almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children’s home. By chance he meets Samantha, who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends.

Cyril doesn’t recognize the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage…

Film:Once Upon a Time in Anatolia

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia: (Bir zamanlar Anadolu'da)

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that “something new and different” will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads…

Film:Poliss

Poliss: (Polisse)

Maïwenn Le Besco

The daily grind for the police officers of the Child Protection Unit—taking in child molesters, busting underage pickpockets and chewing over relationship issues at lunch; interrogating abusive parents, taking statements from children, confronting the excesses of teen sexuality, enjoying solidarity with colleagues and laughing uncontrollably at the most unthinkable moments. Knowing the worst exists and living with it. How do these police officers balance their private lives and the reality they confront every working day?

Fred, the group’s hypersensitive wild card, is going to have a hard time facing the scrutiny of Melissa, a photographer on a Ministry of the Interior assignment to document the unit.

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