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Kirsten Dunst received the actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for her performance in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.”
The jury, headed by Robert De Niro, clearly opted not to deny “Melancholia” a prize even though the festival had declared von Trier “persona non grata” after the director’s ill-judged jokes about being a Nazi at the “Melancholia” press conference.
While the ban prevented von Trier from attending the ceremony or entering the Palais des Festivals, the pic itself remained eligible for prizes.
“What a week it’s been,” Dunst said upon accepting the prize. “Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for still allowing our film to be in competition.” She thanked von Trier “for giving me the opportunity to be so brave in this film, and so free.”"
In “Melancholia,” Dunst plays a depressed bride whose wedding occurs a few weeks before a planet finds itself on a collision course with the Earth.
Kirsten looked absolute stunning at the Melancholia Premiere in Cannes earlier tonight in a beautiful long gown. The first batch of pictures have been added to the gallery and I will be adding more tomorrow after I’ve gotten some needed sleep.
Appearances from 2011 > 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival: “Melancholia” Premiere
Kirsten attended the Photocall and Press Conference for “Melancholia” in Cannes, France earlier today. Well over 300 pictures have been added to the gallery. Stay tuned for more updates from Cannes.
Appearances from 2011 > 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival: “Melancholia” Photocall
Appearances from 2011 > 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival: “Melancholia” Press Conference
Director Lars Von Trier admitted Kirsten Dunst is a better actress than he thought when he gave her a part in his new film.
The American actress, who first found fame as a child star playing a young vampire alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in ‘Interview with the Vampire’ in 1994, plays Justine in the controversial director’s Melancholia.
The film, which is in the running for the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is the story of two sisters and how they deal with the knowledge that another planet is about to crash into earth, destroying it.
Von Trier, who gave the part to Dunst after Spanish actress Penelope Cruz pulled out, said: “I think she’s one hell of an actress. She is much more nuanced that I thought and she has the advantage of having had a depression of her own. All sensible people have.”
Dunst admitted entering rehab for depression in 2008.
The film also features ’24′ star Kiefer Sutherland and Charlotte Gainsbourg, who plays Dunst’s sister.
Von Trier and some of the film’s stars will face the press tomorrow ahead of an official screening at the festival, which runs until May 22.
The first clip from Melancholia have been released along with a Visual Effects Reel. Check them out below:
To absolutely no one’s surprise. Lars von Trier’s latest film, Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland and more, was announced today as competing in Cannes this year. Unusually for von Trier, the film has strong sci-fi elements, with Dunst’s character getting married just as an enormous planet is discovered that will soon smash the Earth into smithereens.
Until now, nothing has been known about the film, except for the director’s terse (and somewhat tongue-in-cheek) announcement that there will be “no more happy endings”. This week, however, a very cheerful von Trier broke cover to discuss the film – sight unseen – with Empire.
Despite the film’s disturbing premise, von Trier assured us that Melancholia will not top the genital-mutilating antics of his last film, the visually shocking and divisive Antichrist. Instead, he believes this film shows his more romantic side – although, as always with von Trier, that doesn’t mean the 54 year-old provocateur is finally going soft.
“As you can see in the trailer,” he told us, “Melancholia, [which is the name of] the planet, is kind of ten times bigger than the Earth, and I liked the idea of being ‘swallowed’ by Melancholia. I thought that was quite nice. And then I read today that that’s actually one of the virtues of romanticism – willingly being purified by dying. In fact, the film contains maybe more of the original idea of romanticism. I’m just saying that a lot of films today, their interpretation of romanticism is… quite boring, I think.”
In the meantime, anyone worried for the physical and mental well-being of Ms Dunst should know that, having put the likes of Emily Watson, Bjork, Nicole Kidman and Charlotte Gainsbourg well and truly through the ringer, aside from shooting a couple of (seemingly tasteful) nude scenes, von Trier went easy on the Spider-Man star.
“I think that Kirsten got off FAR too easy. FAR too easy,” he laughs. “She was not dragged through any masturbation. She had a very smooth ride, I would say. But she did an extremely good job.”
More of von Trier’s musings on the film, plus news of Melancholia‘s outrageous follow-up, will appear in a future issue of Empire.
The official trailer for Melancholia is here. There is no news on a US release date yet but the movie will be out in Denmark on May 26th.