'Tree' picked as Cannes closer

Kristin Scott Thomas to emcee closing-night event

PARIS -- Festival de Cannes artistic director Thierry Fremaux and his selection committee have planted Julie Bertucelli's "The Tree" in the fest's closing-night spot, organizers said Thursday.

The English-language film stars last year's Festival de Cannes best actress winner Charlotte Gainsbourg alongside Marton Csokas and Aden Young in the story of a family mourning the death of the father.

The film is an adaptation of Judy Pascoe's novel "Our Father Who Art in the Tree" and was shot in Australia.

"The Tree" is Bertucelli's second feature after "Since Otar Left," which won the prize for best first film at the 2004 Cesar Awards.

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"The Tree" was produced by Les Films du Poisson in co-production with Arte France Cinema and Australia's Taylor media, plus support from Backup Films and a prebuy from Gallic pay TV group Canal Plus.

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas will emcee the closing-night ceremony on May 23.
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