Kirsten Dunst won the Best Actress award at Cannes for her performance in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia (despite the Danish director’s ban following his Nazi-gaffe, his film was still considered in all categories including the coveted Palme d’Or) and the Hollywood star thanked her erstwhile director in her acceptance speech.
Kristen accepted the award for her role in the sci-fi drama saying: “Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for allowing the film to still be in competition. I want to thank Lars for giving me the opportunity to be so brave in this film.”
When quizzed afterwards about Von Trier’s comments, Dunst was keen to distance herself from the controversy that dominated coverage of the festival last week, saying: “I shouldn’t be affected by things that he said. He was very inappropriate and idiotic, and I am pleased that the festival and the jury could see beyond his words.”
When she was asked further about whether she would share her acting award with Von Trier, she replied curtly, “No, it’s mine.”
Melancholia, an apocalyptic tale about two sisters and their relationship as a planet on a collision course with earth moves ever closer, had a chance of winning the prized Palme d’Or award but lost out to Terence Malick’s The Tree Of Life.