Terrence Malick’s new movie The Tree Of Life won the coveted Palme d’Or prize for Best Film.
The win was a surprise from many as it divided the critics and judges when it debuted last week, with a lacklustre response from the audience. Some considered the movie pretentious and others profound.
In the end, Tree of Life won over the nine-member jury, chaired by Robert de Niro, and took the coveted Palme d’Or.
De Niro said that The Tree of Life had “the size, the importance, the intention, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize.”
The film starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, follows a family in Texas in the 1950s and the fortunes of two young boys brought up by a strict, brutal and demanding father.
The Tree of Life is only the fifth movie from Terrence Malick in almost 40 years.
Malick, who is notoriously publicity shy left one of his co-producers, Bill Pohlad, to speak on his behalf who said: “I know he is thrilled with this award, as are all of us.”