The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival was held from 11 to 22 May 2011. American actor Robert De Niro served as the president of the jury for the main competition and French filmmaker Michel Gondry headed the jury for the short film competition. South Korean film director Bong Joon-ho was the head of the jury for the Caméra d'Or prize, which is awarded to the best first-time filmmaker.
Midnight in Paris, written and directed by Woody Allen, opened the festival. Mélanie Laurent hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci was presented with the inaugural Honorary Palme d'Or Award at the opening ceremony of the festival. Gus Van Sant's Restless opened the Un Certain Regard section. Jailed Iranian film directors Jafar Panahi and Mohammad Rasoulof were honoured at the festival. Goodbye by Rasoulof and Panahi's This Is Not a Film was screened at the festival, and Panahi was awarded the Carrosse d'Or. Four female directors featured in the main competition: Australian Julia Leigh, Japan's Naomi Kawase, Scottish director Lynne Ramsay and France's own Maïwenn Le Besco.
Danish film director Lars von Trier caused controversy with comments he made at the press conference of his film Melancholia. When he was asked about the relation between the influences of German Romanticism in the film and his own German heritage, the director made jokes about Jews and Nazis. He said he understood Adolf Hitler and admired the work of architect Albert Speer, and jokingly announced that he was a Nazi. The Cannes Film Festival first issued an official apology for the remarks the same day and clarified that Trier is not a Nazi or an antisemite, then declared the director "persona non grata" the following day. The film remained in competition.
Palme d'Or 
The Palme d'Or was won by the American film The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick. Two of the film's producers, Bill Pohlad and Sarah Green, accepted the prize on behalf of the reclusive Malick. The Tree of Life is the first American film to win the Palme d'Or since Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004. Head of the jury, Robert De Niro, said it was difficult to choose a winner, but The Tree of Life "ultimately fit the bill". De Niro explained, "It had the size, the importance, the intention, whatever you want to call it, that seemed to fit the prize."
Official Selection 
Cast and crew of The Source
at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of the film
The following films were screened as part of the official selection:
In Competition 
Un Certain Regard 
Out of Competition 
Midnight Screenings 
Special Screenings 
Short Films 
||고스트 / Ghost
|Soy tan feliz
||Lisa Marie Gamlem
|It Is Nothing
||Ce n'est rien
The following films were selected to be screened in the Cinéfondation section, which focuses on short films made by students at film schools:
||FAMU, Czech Republic
|Suu and Uchikawa
||Suu et Uchikawa
||NYU Asia, Singapore
||Columbia University, United States
|On My Doorstep
||Bezalel Academy, Israel
|The Agony and Sweat of the Human Spirit
||D. Jesse Damazo and Joe Bookman
||University of Iowa, United States
||Hogeschool Sint-Lukas, Belgium
|Duel Before Nightfall
||Duelo Antes da Noite
||Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil
||La Fémis, France
||National University of Córdoba, Argentina
|The Wedding Party
||La fiesta de casamiente
||Gastón Margolin and Martín Morgenfeld
||Universidad del Cine, Argentina
|Till Summer Comes
||L'estate che non viene
||Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italy
||Columbia University, United States
|Martha Must Fly
||Al Martha lauf
||Tel Aviv University, Israel
|Fly by Night
||야간비행 / Ya-gan-bi-hang
||Chung-Ang University, South Korea
||HFF Konrad Wolf, Germany
Directors' Fortnight 
The following films were selected to be screened in the independent Directors' Fortnight section:
Feature Films 
Special Screenings 
Short Films 
|The Guidance of Reason
||La conduite de la Raison
|Killing the chickens to Scare the Monkeys
|Anonymous (street meat)
|Dans le jardin du temps, portrait d’Ely et Nina Bielutin
||Basil Da Cuncha
|Demain, ça sera bien
|Armand 15 ans l’été dernier
|Le songe de Poliphile
|Cigarette at Night
|Boro in the Box
|Vice versa one
International competition 
Un Certain Regard 
Cinéfondation and short films 
Camera d'Or 
- Bong Joon-ho, South Korean director (President)
- Danièle Heyman, French critic
- Eva Vezer, Hungarian Head of Magyar Filmunio
- Robert Alazraki, French cinematographer
- Daniel Colland, French manager of Cinedia laboratory
- Jacques Maillot, French director
- Alex Masson, French critic
- Official Selection
- Independent sections
- Independent awards
- International Confederation of Art Cinemas
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