The director of the best film at Cannes wasn't there to collect his award. But it wasn't because Lars von Trier won. Instead, it was the famously publicity-shy Terrence Malick, whose The Tree of Life took the Palme d'Or.
The Associated Press reported that the producers of the winning movie, which stars...
Question: I enjoy watching those AFI (American Film Institute) specials, but what is AFI's function?
Answer: Founded in 1967, AFI is a film school: Directors David Lynch, Terrence Malick, Darren Aronofsky, Paul Schrader, Carl Franklin and Amy Heckerling all went there. Its initial funding came from the then-recently created (and now embattled) National Endowment for the Arts, the MPAA and the Ford Foundation, a heavy hitter in early corporate-sector support for the arts