Lars Von Trier Banned from Cannes Over “Nazi” Remark
Provocative Danish director Lars Von Trier has been kicked out of the Cannes Film Festival after saying in a press conference for his new film that he was a “Nazi” and that he sympathized with German despot Adolf Hitler.
The Cannes Film Festival declared the 55-year-old former Palm d’Or winner persona non grata on Thursday, a day after Von Trier made the controversial comments. “The Festival’s Board of Directors…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 organizers said in a statement.
On Wednesday, Von Trier shocked even the stars of his latest film, “Melancholia,” when he made the comments. “I found out that I was really a Nazi, because my family is German. And that also gave me some pleasure,” the “Antichrist” director said. “So, I, what can I say? I understand Hitler… I think he did some wrong things but I can see him sitting in his bunker. I’m saying that I think I understand the man. He is not what we could call a good guy, but yeah, I understand much about him and I sympathize with him….Okay, I am a Nazi.”