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Lars Von Trier Banned from Cannes Film Festival

Posted: May 20th, 2011 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
Lars Von Trier Banned from Cannes Film FestivalSubmit Comment
During a "Melancholia" press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, director Lars von Trier made statements about how he sympathizes with Hitler, calling himself a Nazi (watch the video below).

Even though actress Kirsten Dunst felt incredibly uncomfortable sitting next to von Trier, the helmer didn't think he would pay a price for his comments since the press conference took place in France and not America. But he was wrong.

The Cannes Film Festival has officially banned von Trier from the festival, possibly forever.

The statement says: "The Festival de Cannes provides artists from around the world with an exceptional forum to present their works and defend freedom of expression and creation. The Festival's Board of Directors, which held an extraordinary meeting this Thursday 19 May 2011, 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."

Von Trier has used the festival to premiere many of his films since the mid-80s and this ban will hurt his career. "I meant that I could imagine what it was like for Hitler in the bunker, making plans. Not that I would do what Hitler did," the director explained. "But it's a pity if it means I will lose contact with Cannes."

He added that "Melancholia" star Charlotte Gainsbourg approved of his anti-Semitic comments/jokes. "I think Kirsten sees me as very European and crazy," said von Trier. "But I don't think Charlotte was shocked. Her father (singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg) was known for being provocative. She said to me 'My father would have been proud of you.'"

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BadChadB33 writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 10:29:52 PM

What a f*cking idiot!!!
Zebastian von Kane writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 10:34:01 PM

May be this idiot will think of the consequences next time he opens his nasty mouth.

May be he wats to eclipse Mel Gibson with hurtful comments.
secondbest writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 10:36:15 PM

This shows that no matter how revered you may be in the film industry, you should still remember when to keep your mouth shut.
WV-Films writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 10:44:24 PM

Kirsten Dunst looks really uncomfortable. But also sorta....Nazi-sih.....
boogiel writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 10:49:19 PM

....."the helmer didn't think he would pay a price for his comments since the press conference took place in France and not America. But he was wrong"


No sh*t.

Ranger writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 11:08:11 PM

Who doesn't sympathize with Hitler?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YssMT0qXYOw
Ranger writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 11:12:07 PM

Dunst - if I have ever seen the look of:

'GET ME THE f*ck OUT OF HERE!!!!!!!!!'

That was it.

Yet again... being of German heritage and even liking Albert Speer for his artistic ability doesn't make one a Nazi, you stunned sh*t.
Devil writes:
on May 19th, 2011 at 11:21:01 PM

f*cking dumbass. You should have kept your mouth shut. That movie will flop with the last remaining pieces of Dunst's career and who the f*ck is his Nazi general Charlotte Gainsbourg?
Bob82 writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 12:13:58 AM

Von Trier's actions were foolish, he wanted to make a joke and then didn't know how to end it right. Added to that, he did it in the wrong context. A total dumbass, of course. Nevertheless, everyone is overreacting.
telur writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 12:58:11 AM

i will surprise if now anyone still financing his movies
Whitelock84 writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 1:17:23 AM

There's stupid, there's really stupid... and then there's this. I will forever be scratching my head wondering what in the world Von Trier was thinking that made him say something like this.
sri_91 writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 1:59:22 AM

Cocaine is a helluva drug, maan!
Dirt writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:02:07 AM

Hahaha! Lucky you said it in France.
sri_91 writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:07:40 AM

Having said that, i do think everyone is overreacting!
sri_91 writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:09:03 AM

Having said that, i do think everyone is overreacting!
j-man writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:23:50 AM

he went on to say that hes not mel gibson due to what he said, what a douche bringing mels name into it
j-man writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:24:45 AM

but everyone is over reacting
Ranger writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:35:04 AM

Germany should invade France again.

Just as a joke.
trailertrash writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:49:34 AM

^ That is how Wars start young man !!!
Rambo writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:59:26 AM

Dunst is saying:'Thats the last time I'm having sex with a director to get a role!'
mustardayonnaise writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 3:01:00 AM

ouch, yeah, hope that dude's got some $$$ tucked away for a rainy day.. because it's starting to pour down on him. it's gonna take years to rehab his career. what a turd
trailertrash writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 3:05:44 AM

@ WP

Were you guys trying to find a pic where it looks like he's doing a Nazi salute, lol nice
Ranger writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 3:27:45 AM

@Rambo - she may think and/or say that, but she doesn't mean it.
Rambo writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 3:30:03 AM

@Ranger

I guess you are planning your director debut soon...
trailertrash writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 3:51:27 AM

Ahh the old casting couch, It's a wonderful thing ..
Ranger writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 3:57:41 AM

@Rambo - God-willing!
Rambo writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 4:45:52 AM

so who else is a nazi here?
trailertrash writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 4:58:50 AM

I believe hashbrownie may well be a nazi sympathiser

That or just a C##t
trailertrash writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 4:59:26 AM

Or both
Freudian_Nightmare writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 5:25:02 AM

I'm feeling so happy right now. Finally we can get rid of mr Pretentious aka von Trier. That's what you get for being provocative just for the sake of it.

And bringing Mel's name into the mess? A real douchemove, but I expected nothing less.
DaveThePhotoGuy writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 6:37:21 AM

Ranger writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:35:04 AM

Germany should invade France again.

Just as a joke.


trailertrash writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:49:34 AM

^ That is how Wars start young man !!!


@TT

Wrong mate,

it is coz some bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich coz he was hungry.



..and they say Danes don't have a sense of humour.
Valerie writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 11:16:17 AM

That was sooo strange, with each word coming out of his mouth, he sounded more crazy! And lmao at Dunst!! Hahaha she looked like she was in pain, and even whispered to him ("stop), at one point, wtf!
MoneyHayabusa writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 11:36:52 AM

World War 2 was 65 years ago! I'm not about to defend Hitler but to pretend that he was simply an evil monster and that theres nothing more to him is to fail to acknowledge reality. I would think that a film festival where generally all sides of stories are appreciated would be a bit more accepting of a sentence like "yeah I suppose I can sympathize with hitler".
minkowski writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 12:26:12 PM

^^^Hitler murdered, through his Final Solution, 6 million Jews, plus millions of other groups of people like Gypsies and homosexuals, you f*cking piece of human sh*t stooge, and he started a war that not only oblitered vast tracts of Europe, hundred of years of history and culture up in f*cking smoke, it led to the uncessary deaths of tens of millions of people!

And you want to discuss his other aspects? What other aspects? That he lead one woman to suicide because he wouldn't get the hell out of her life? That when he committed suicide, he had his dog Blondie killed too?

What other f*cking aspects of his deranged, hateful and destructive life would you care to discuss? That he sucked at art because all he could paint was dead buildings and crude stick people? That he was partly a Jew and yet hated them? That he stole most of his idiotic ideas from Russian progroms for his godawful book? That he was a loudmouth who had only one talent: whipping the angry masses into mass-murdering frenzy?

You want to discuss all that, moron, well lets discuss it, and while you're at it, you can tell me he loved cats too so we can see the cute cuddly side to the man who led the world into near total destruction.

Shut the f*ck up. So sick of listening to the ignorant nonsense on here.
minkowski writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 12:41:42 PM

There's provocative and then there's f*cking stupid. Lars von Trier, you are stupid. And yeah people are over-reacting, but isn't that exactly why he said this sh*t? Magic Nazi Eight Ball says yes.
Ranger writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 1:24:50 PM

'There's provocative and then there's f*cking stupid.' --- exactly.
sri_91 writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 1:54:22 PM

Very well said, mink! Missing Max Junior a lot these days though! Wonder where the f*ck he is!
minkowski writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 2:36:08 PM

Dunno, he probably got tired of the stupid sh*t or he just got bored. He'll be back.
technoreaper writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 5:22:06 PM

This was hilarious but incredibly stupid...
Nihilistic Michael Maus writes:
on May 20th, 2011 at 6:40:32 PM

Okay, so let me understand ...

Lars gets banned from Cannes for sympathizing with a deceased, Anti-Semetic dictator with a fetish for golden showers, defecation and genocide and yet Uwe Boll, Michael Bay, Zack Snyder, Paul WS Anderson and Brett Ratner ... or the Pentagram of Postulating Pap still lives and thrives ?

That's pretty f*cking (sic) sick.
Mudders writes:
on May 23rd, 2011 at 3:55:18 AM

f*ck me....thats just messed up

Nihilistic Michael Maus writes:
on May 23rd, 2011 at 8:07:51 PM

Wonder if Von Trier is showing in that photo how he likes to be fisted by his gay, Nazi lover during rough sex ?

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