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September 13th, 2011    Connie    0     0

There’s plenty of perks to being friends with Sofia Coppola. One of them: having two of the gorgeously understated bags the director designed for Louis Vuitton. “She has the best style,” says Kirsten Dunst of Coppola, with whom she’s worked twice and whose bag — in dark blue — she’s toting around Toronto.

Dunst is here after winning a best actress award in Cannes for her devastating portrayal of a depressed bride in Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia. Perhaps more famously, Von Trier made global headlines after a press conference there in which he made anti-Semitic remarks.

“He apologized. He took us out to dinner the next day,” says Dunst, who considers the director a close friend and the antithesis of how he came off in Cannes. He is, says Dunst, simply someone who made an unfortunate joke, and didn’t know when to stop — an idiosyncratic man who goes for long walks in the woods and drives around in a winnebago.

Her acting prize, she says, means the world to her, capping off more than 20 years of work.

“It’s such a special award. I was so honored and so grateful for it, too. I’ve been working for so long. It’s such a prestigious award,” says Dunst. “I was really lucky that they allowed the film to still be in competition. They have to deliberate about that.”

And she’s comfortable with her level of fame. “To a lot of people, I’m still the girl from Spider-Man. Which is fine,” she says.