Von Trier actress wins in Cannes after director ban

Sun May 22, 2011 1:41pm EDT
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CANNES, France (Reuters) - 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.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White and Nick Vinocur)