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.'"
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.
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".
^^^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.
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 ?