Kirsten Dunst had lost hope of winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival after Von Trier was made persona non grata by the festival's board after telling a press conference he understood Hitler and that he 'was a Nazi'. Talking to about Trier, Kirsten says, “He's a great film-maker who sometimes I feel should let his films speak for themselves."
However, Von Trier's film Melancholia is about two sisters, who find their relationship challenged as a nearby planet threatens to collide into the Earth. Kirsten Dunst has played Justine, an utterly depressed young woman and she has given a terrific, deeply felt performance in it. She says, “I understood a little of what Justine was going through."
The following is the list of winners from the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Palme d'Or - The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, U.S.)
Grand Prix (tie) - Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey) and The Kid With a Bike (Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne, France)
Director - Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, U.S.)
Jury Prize - Polisse (Maiwenn, France)
Best Actor - Jean Dujardin (The Artist, France)
Best Actress - Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia, Denmark-Sweden-France-Germany)
Best Screenplay - Joseph Cedar (Footnote, Israel)
Camera d'Or - Las acacias (Pablo Giorgelli, Argentina-Spain)
Palme d'Or, Short Films - Cross (Maryna Vroda)