Despite Lars Von Trier's questionable comments at a Cannes press junket recently, Kirsten Dunst has managed to snag the Best Actress gong at the festival. Re-invigorating her career since a relatively long absence filled with the occasional modelling stint and celebrity appearance, her performance as a disturbed and neurotic bride-to-be in Melancholia has been widely lauded. Charlotte Gainsbourg also returns to Von Trier-ville for the forthcoming film.
The top prize at Cannes, the Palme d’Or, has been taken out by the multi-generation-spanning-and-Brad-Pitt-starring The Tree of Life. Let's just hope Pitt doesn't age backwards this time around.
Dazed Digital has a fantastic interview with Kirsten Dunsts' co-star Stellan Skarsgård, about the film working with Von Trier.
Here's the full list of prize winners:
Grand Prix (tie)
The Kid with a Bike — Directors: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia — Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
Jean Dujardin for The Artist
Kirsten Dunst for Melancholia
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Polisse — Director: Maïwenn
Best First Film
Las Acacias — Director: Pablo Giorgelli
Short Film Palme d’Or
Cross-Country — Director: Maryna Vroda