Kirsten Dunst bags best actress award at Cannes despite director ban

Updated: May 23, 2011, 13:41 PM IST

London: A Robert De Niro-led-jury has adjudged Kirsten Dunst as the best actress for Lars von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’ at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 29-year-old actress thought her chances of winning at Cannes were dimmed after von Trier was banned from the festival for telling a press conference that he understood Hitler and that he ``was a Nazi``.

His comments had sent shock waves through the film world.

“I kept thinking ``Lars, shut up``,” Kirsten told the Daily Mail.

“He``s a great film-maker who, sometimes I feel should let his films speak for themselves,” she added.

In ‘Melancholia’, Dunst portrays newly-wed bride Justine who instantly regrets her marriage while at the same time the planet Earth is on collision course with another planet.