Cannes 2011: Von Trier banned from fest
Director talks to Total Film about the controversy…
Lars Von Trier has been declared ‘persona non grata’ by the Cannes Film Festival following his claim to be a Nazi.
The controversy kicked off on Wednesday when, in a press conference for his new film Melancholia, the Danish director said that he “understood” and “sympathised” with Hitler.
Seemingly pulling the audience’s leg, the comments created enough furore for Von Trier to release a statement apologising for his behaviour.
“I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi,” he said.
However, the festival’s board of directors then released its own statement, condemning the director’s press conference comments and declaring him persona non grata with immediate effect.
Talking to TF, Von Trier said: “I am sure that the Cannes Film Festival has made a decision that is very wise and I accept it completely.”