Kirsten Dunst wins Cannes actress award for von Trier movie

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US actress Kirsten Dunst on Sunday won the Cannes festival's award for best actress for her portrayal of a depressed woman at the end of the world in Lars von Trier's 'Melancholia'.

"Well, what a week it's been," Dunst said after controversial Danish director von Trier was kicked out of the festival for joking that he was a Nazi who sympathised with Hitler.

"I'd like to say thank you to the Cannes film festival for allowing the film to be in competition, it's such a special night for me," she said, also thanking von Trier for casting her.

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