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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.”

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.”

  1. kellend reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    *Shakes head* I love him, but he is just mental
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  3. drinksbeforedishonor said: you can’t make comments like that nowadays. sorry. he deserves it.
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  5. mkmcfadden reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    Good Job Cannes.
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  8. dimorphodons reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    I am not at all surprised.
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  14. sincerity-in-stereo reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    Silly lars.
  15. naturedoesnotintend reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    I have to say, despite loving von Trier, this is hilarious. He is such a dick, but then this is just what he does.
  16. benend reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    This guy is such a troll.
  17. lovelaura reblogged this from filmisrelevant and added:
    This makes me mad. The guy nervously rambled and said things that came off weird and awkward. I think Cannes is...
  18. stylequote reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    Preposterous… and should he be expelled to an island with Galliano for shock value. Please!!! He was only provoking....
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  21. filmisrelevant reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    Oh shit.
  22. yourdignity reblogged this from totalfilm and added:
    You just keep on going, award ceremonies are just wood and plastic. Remember that.
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