You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Dunst wins actress prize at Cannes

Thesp honored for 'Melancholia'

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.

More Film

  • Lupita Nyong'o Harvey Weinstein

    Lupita Nyong'o Details Harvey Weinstein's Advances Toward Her in Op-Ed: 'I Felt Unsafe'

    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 […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Weinstein Co. Staffers Ask to Be Released From NDAs

    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 […]

  • AFM: Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson Starring

    Film News Roundup: Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson to Star in Thriller 'A Violent Separation'

    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 […]

  • The Snowman Trailer

    'The Snowman' Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

    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 […]

  • Harvey Weinstein Quentin Tarantino

    Quentin Tarantino on Harvey Weinstein: 'I Knew Enough to Do More Than I Did'

    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 […]

  • 'Only the Brave' Taps Trump Digital

    'Only the Brave' Taps Trump Digital Guru Brad Parscale (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

  • The Classics Film Festival unspools in

    Classics Film Fest Unspools in Colombia (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content