Thursday, 19 May 2011


Oh dear. Danish director Lars von Trier (The Idiots, Dancer In The Dark), has been banned from the Cannes Film Festival after making very questionable remarks about... err... being a Nazi and understanding Hitler. 

This won't make his controversial statements any more palatable, but it might provide some context - Von Trier was brought up believing he was Jewish, until he discovered his biological father was a German Catholic. He said during yesterday's press conference: "I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out I was really a Nazi, you know, because my family was German".

He went on to say that he could "understand Hitler. But come on, I'm not against Jews." Cringe at the ready; here's the video (look out for Kirsten Dunst dying a slow & horrible death sitting next to him).

Von Trier has since issued an apology and insists he was joking. It's unclear whether his current film, Melancholia, starring Kirsten Dunst & Charlotte Gainsbourg, is still eligible for prizes or whether it too has been booted from Cannes. Here's the trailer.

No comments:

Post a Comment