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'Melancholia' -- Kirsten Dunst ponders the end of the world [video]

October 28, 2011 |  1:27 pm

Alexander Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Melancholia."

In Lars von Trier’s upcoming apocalyptic meditation “Melancholia,” Kirsten Dunst plays Justine, a young bride grappling with an overwhelming depression that seems linked to the appearance of a mysterious planet -- one that just might be on a cosmic collision path with Earth. Dunst earned the best actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance when “Melancholia” screened there in May (that was after Von Trier’s controversial comments made during a press conference to promote the movie).

In the following clip, she can be seen opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg, who plays Justine's sister Claire. The siblings, whose relationship is fraught to say the least, find themselves momentarily alone on the vast estate where Claire lives with her husband John (Kiefer Sutherland) and son Leo (Cameron Spurr). pondering the appropriate response to impending cataclysm.

"Melancholia" is scheduled to screen as part of the 2011 AFI Film Festival. It opens in theaters in Los Angeles on Nov. 11.



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Photo: From left, Alexander Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Melancholia." Credit: Magnolia Pictures

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