is a 2011 Speculative Fiction
film written and directed by Lars von Trier
. It mainly focuses on the relationship between the two sisters Justine and Claire
, played by Kirsten Dunst
and Charlotte Gainsbourg. The movie is divided into two parts, the first about Justine's wedding, the second about the upcoming fly-by of the rogue planet Melancholia
that's drifting through the solar system. The focus lies on how the characters relate to the events surrounding them, from the mundane event of a wedding to the possibility of a planetary collision.
Like Von Trier's previous movie
was surrounded by some consternation at the Cannes Film Festival. Von Trier's jokes about Adolf Hitler
and Nazi Germany
resulted in him being declared a persona non grata
. Dunst's performance was praised, however, and she walked away with the Best Actress Award.
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