Monday, May 23, 2011

Wins in Cannes after director ban.

Kirsten Dunst won best actress in Cannes on Sunday for her role in "Melancholia," directed by Denmark's Lars Von Trier who was thrown out of the film festival for joking he was a Nazi and Hitler sympathiser.

The 55-year-old film maker, a winner of the top Palme d'Or award in 2000 for "Dancer in the Dark," has been banned from coming within 100 metres of the festival site where the awards ceremony brought a curtain down on the May 11-22 event.

The Palme d'Or was won by the American film The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick.[18] Two of the film's producers, Bill Pohlad and Sarah Green, accepted the prize on behalf of the reclusive Malick.[18][19] The Tree of Life is the first American film to win the Palme d'Or since Fahrenheit 9/11 in 2004.[19] Head of the jury, Robert De Niro, said it was difficult to choose a winner, but The Tree of Life "ultimately fit the bill"

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