Lars Von Trier may put his actresses through hell, but it certainly seems to pay off in the awards department. Kirsten Dunst managed to score Best Actress at Cannes‘ closing ceremony this weekend, despite Melancholia director Von Trier’s instantly infamous rant about “understanding” Hitler at a press conference last week. “This is an honor that’s once in a lifetime. Thank you to the Cannes Film Festival for allowing the film to still be in competition,” said the actress, who also thanked Von Trier, now a “persona non grata” at Cannes for “giving me the opportunity to be so brave in this film.”
With Dunst’s career taking a tumble following the end of the Spider-Man trilogy and a stint in rehab, this prestigious award could be the beginning of a major comeback for her. Could she carry the buzz to the Academy Awards when Melancholia comes out stateside in November? It probably depends whether Von Trier can keep his mouth shut—though it’s possible Dunst’s performance at the press conference only helped her get the nod.
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