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Lars Von Trier Thrown Out Of Cannes
Chaos reigns on the Croisette

19 May 2011  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  

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Lars Von Trier Thrown Out Of Cannes

Lars von Trier, the cardinal of chaos, has been thrown out of the Cannes Film Festival. His lastest film, the widely acclaimed Melancholia, was expelled from Palme D'Or competition and the director declared "persona non grata" after he admitted sympathies for Hitler and claimed to be a Nazi at a festival press event.

"I thought I was a Jew for a long time and was very happy being a Jew," von Trier explained to a room full of journalists, "then later on came (Jewish and Danish director) Susanne Bier, and then suddenly I wasn't so happy about being a Jew. No, that was a joke, sorry... But anyway, I really wanted to be a Jew and then I found out I was really a Nazi, you know, because my family was German... which also gave me some pleasure."

Digging himself into a talking fox-sized hole, he continued: "I think he did some wrong things, yes, absolutely, but I can see him sitting in his bunker in the end. He's not what you would call a good guy, but I understand much about him and I sympathise with him."

In response Cannes released a statement declaring that it "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."

The key word in von Trier's bizarre riff is probably "joke" but if he had his tongue in his cheek, it was lost on the festival organisers. The director has since released a statement claiming that he'd been provoked by journalists, denying that he was anti-Semitic and insisting "nor am I a Nazi".
 


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He must have been drunk..
Wow.Pretty embarassing to watch.Dunst in particular looked mortified and couldnt wait to get out of there.He must have been drunk or something surely? Who the hell in a sober state of mind goes in front of a press conference and says ''Im a nazi!''. More

Posted by darth silas at 17:42 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Lars Von Trier Thrown Out Of Cannes
Interesting Kirsten having won Best Actress I wonder did she thank the Director? More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 11:40 on 23 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Lars Von Trier Thrown Out Of Cannes
I can't believe people are taking what he's saying seriously.... Also, he's not shit, he's amazing. More

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^^ L: homersimpson_esq Spaldron, you realise your replies will look weird when the spammers have been deleted, right? iiiiight... More

Posted by Spaldron at 03:12 on 22 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Cannes is obviously run by stuffy old farts
I saw a clip of his little "I sympathise with Hitler" speech, and I have to say I felt SO sorry for Kirsten Dunst. She was sat right beside him and obviously wished she wasn't. That must've been so uncomfortable. More

Posted by doubtlesswonder at 23:06 on 21 May 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Cannes is obviously run by stuffy old farts
L: BudBaxter Awww, poor Lars. Was no one paying enough attention to you & your shite films? ou act as if he never did this before. More

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Lars Von Trier Thrown Out Of Cannes
Spaldron, you realise your replies will look weird when the spammers have been deleted, right? More

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Just want to say....last two posts.....genius.... that is all.. Oh and Lars is an idiot More

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IS LARS VON TRIER THE FRANKIE BOYLE OF DIRECTING? NAH HE'S JUST A FUCKING FRUITCAKE! More

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RE: Cannes is obviously run by stuffy old farts
Awww, poor Lars. Was no one paying enough attention to you & your shite films? More

Posted by BudBaxter at 21:12 on 19 May 2011 | Report This Post

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