Thursday, 19 May 2011

Lars Von Trier "understands Hitler", gets banned from Cannes

At the press conference for Melancholia (review to come), Lars Von Trier did his dumb rant thing again:

"For a long time I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew, then I met Susanne Bier and I wasn't so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family was German. That also gave me pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler. I sympathize with him a bit. I don't mean I'm in favor of World War II and I'm not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier. In fact I'm very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain in the ass...How can I get out of this sentence? OK, I'm a Nazi."

Thankfully, Cannes has some class. The Board of Directors met today to announce that Von Trier has been declared a "persona non grata." Keep in mind, Von Trier was forced to issue an apology yesterday, but that didn't really sink in. He blamed his childish "jokes" on the press, saying they "egged him on."

Uncharacteristic of Cannes, but hey, you don't make Nazi remarks in a country that was occupied and destroyed by them.



From the press release:

"The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation. The Festival’s Board of Directors, which held an extraordinary meeting this Thursday 19 May 2011, profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars Von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the Festival.

The Board of Directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars Von Trier a persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately."

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