Cannes Film Festival: Director Lars Von Trier “persona non grata” after Nazi remarks

By on May 20, 2011 in Entertainment, Europe, Movies Comments

Director Lars Von Trier
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It was reported, May 19, 2011, by international news sites, that director Lars Von Trier was banned from the Cannes Film Festival after he claimed to be a Nazi and that he is an Adolf Hitler sympathizer.

According to reports in a statement issued Thursday, it was declared that the Danish film-maker was now “persona non grata”.

As noted, the director issued a public apology for his remarks earlier. A part of his statement said, “I am not anti-Semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi.”

Allegedly, the festival’s declaration came after Wednesday’s premiere of Melancholia, Von Trier’s new film, which is still in contention at this year’s affair.

As further reported, French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand supported the decision to ban Von Trier. As he was quoted by reporters in Brussels, “there is a major difference between a film that was chosen in a calm atmosphere and a director who clearly blew a fuse”.

As Mitterrand added Von Trier‘s remarks “did not have a place in the festival, or anywhere else for that matter”.



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