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Lars Von Trier Releases Public Statement
He'll never be interviewed again

05 October 2011  |  Written by Tom Ambrose  

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Lars Von Trier Releases Public Statement

Well, this is certainly interesting: Lars von Trier has released the following statement.

"Today at 2pm I was questioned by the Police of North Zealand in connection with charges made by the prosecution of Grasse in France from August 2011 regarding a possible violation of prohibition in French law against justification of war crimes."

"The investigation covers comments made during the press conference in Cannes in May 2011. Due to these serious accusations I have realized that I do not possess the skills to express myself unequivocally and I have therefore decided from this day forth to refrain from all public statements and interviews."

Lars von Trier

Avedøre, 5. October 2011

So, it would seem that there has been further fallout from von Trier's controversial joke about being a Nazi, which he made at this year's Cannes Film Festival. For more details surrounding that, head this way.  

And so, now with the possibility of prosecution hanging over him, the great provocateur of world cinema has, perhaps understandably, called it a day. There will be those who feel that von Trier is merely getting what he deserves for making that statement in Cannes; there will be others who feel that this is a gross overreaction, and that von Trier should certainly still feel free to speak his mind on any other subject.

Wherever you stand on the subject, though, it seems that von Trier has made his last public statement. Will that remain the case, though? That very much remains to be seen.


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RE: Stupid people
hear, hear More

Posted by pancakeface at 15:51 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Surely proof...
he's not as clever as he'd previously have us believe? Ha ha, lesson learned asshole. More

Posted by partybee at 11:00 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Political correctness run amok.
I think this is just sad. More

Posted by mastermold at 01:11 on 06 October 2011 | Report This Post

Whatever he's decided, all I have to say is I just saw Melancholia, and it was incredible. More

Posted by Whistler at 23:57 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Worlds gone mad, he made a comment that OK some people may find offensive and that's a crime against humanity, it was a joke that got lost in translation. There are far worse things going on in the world that the police could be dealing with than nonsence like this. More

Posted by durelius at 23:48 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

I'm confused
So who exactly are the ones acting like Nazis here? Looks like there's no such thing as free speech anymore. And agree wholeheartedly talksense with regards to fugitive from justice and convicted rapist Roman Polanski. Somehow he's OK but a few ill-judged remarks are not? Sheesh. More

Posted by artilleryman at 23:46 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Hey BudBaxter...
..stop being a fool. More

Posted by baloobas at 23:41 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Speech more dangerous than action
Does 'refraining from all public statements' mean he's not going to make any more shite films as well? Hope hope! More

Posted by BudBaxter at 23:30 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Speech more dangerous than action
Saying youre a Nazi will get you kicked out and declared persona non grata, but being a convicted rapist (Polanski) and child predator (Allen) is not a problem. What a country! More

Posted by talksense at 22:44 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

I want to say something about the French, but I better not... no freedom of speech left in the World :( More

Posted by lars_el at 21:46 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

What a prize twonk. More

Posted by UTB at 20:06 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

random
bit random but i can see where he is comin from. if they twist his words he il just not say anything to them, this is a very adult handling of the situation. ( unlike the french) More

Posted by komic book guy at 20:04 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Stupid people
This is absolute bullshit. He didn't justify any war crimes. He just made a joke. And the joke wasn't even about war crimes, but about Hitler himself. As I remember it, I thought he said that he didn't have sympathy for the guy, but that he understood him. Even if it wasn't a joke, it would still be a normal thing to say. I don't know what's wrong with understanding another person, even if that person did some of the worst crimes ever committed. In fact, he wasn't even persuading other people t More

Posted by takethecannoli at 19:29 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

freedom od speech indeed
So you can get fined and even arrested for saying the wrong thing(something that the majority at the time doesn't agree),it doesn't mean there is no freedom of speech in France...wait... How do stand up comedians not get arrested in France?That's right,I don't know any. More

Posted by rams at 18:18 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE:
Fair play More

Posted by Rockin Ricky Rialto at 18:18 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Weird. Especially after what he said DIDN'T actually justify war crimes. Yet another reason why i have an acute, albeit slightly irrational, hatred of the French. More

Posted by clarkkent at 18:04 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post

Gasp!
Oh no! Gutted. More

Posted by The REAL Bozz at 17:39 on 05 October 2011 | Report This Post


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