The longtime von Trier collaborator reflected on the 2011 feature starring Kirsten Dunst as a woeful bride who sinks into depression as the end of the world looms. Two years after working on the “very demanding” film “Antichrist” also under helmer von Trier, Gainsbourg anticipated she would have a “special relationship” with the director on “Melancholia,” but her expectations were quickly curbed.
“I entered the shoot thinking, ‘I know Lars, I’ll have this special relationship with him,’ and he totally put me aside,” Gainsbourg said during a masterclass at the Zurich Film Festival, where she received the honorary Golden Eye career award (via Deadline).
“At one point, I went to see the producer and said, ‘I think he wants to fire me, he’s not happy,'” Gainsbourg explained. “At the end of the shoot, she came to see me and said,