Lars von Trier Banned from Cannes, Just for Saying He's a Hitler Sympathizer
Well, this should at least save Lars von Trier a ton of gas money. The Danish director and 2000 recipient of Cannes' top honor (the Palme d'Or) has officially been banned from the film festival following those misconstrued remarks about getting Hitler, being a Nazi, etc.
Despite von Trier's apology and clarification ("I am not anti-semitic or racially prejudiced in any way, nor am I a Nazi"), the Cannes board of directors held a meeting today and decided one of the film world's most uniquely individual voices is no longer welcome, effective immediately. The board said in a statement:
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.
Well done, Cannes. You've sure taken a stand against Nazis! Everyone was really worried Cannes was suddenly a Nazi friend, but you've sure made it clear that, no, this is not a Hitler-supporting organization. Good thing you had that extraordinary meeting!
Here's the video of the offending incident, where it seems pretty apparent that the "OK, I'm a Nazi" remark was more of a prescient joke about how he'd be painted than a declaration of party affiliation. Also, check out how hard Kirsten Dunst would like to go home:
Apologies didn't work out at Nuremberg either, Lars.